EKHN 2019 Small Grants Programme

The EKHN Board have identified the winners of the 2019 Small Grants Programme competition.

EKHN is glad to announce results of the 2019 Small Grants Programme competition. After the thorough review of all the received proposals, the EKHN Board have identified the following winners:

1. The Project “Empowering trans community for HIV response in Montenegro” by the Association “Spectra”, Montenegro.

This project aims at building and empowering of trans community, especially sex workers community, in the critical fields of self-support and self-organizing, education on sex work safety, trans human rights, sexual and reproductive health including HIV prevention and treatment. It includes strategic planning and capacity building activities for trans community. The Applicant, as the only NGO promoting the rights and interests of transgender people in Montenegro, believes that “in order to change quality of our lives we need to contribute to building a strong trans movement which will be educated for protecting our own lives and human rights in society and system”.

The Applicant’s Website and social pages: www.asocijacijaspektra.orghttps://www.facebook.com/asocijacija.spektra/


2. The Project “Gender and HIV: The Fight Against Stereotypes” by the AntiAIDS Association – Kyrgyzstan.

The project will support gender assessment among public, trans community, medical and other specialists working with key populations, as well as two extensive workshops in the North and in the South of the country to discuss the gender assessment results. As one of the most recognized NGO actors, the Applicant plans to raise awareness on barriers and bottlenecks the trans community faces towards access to health and human rights protection mechanisms in the country.

The Applicant’s Website and social pages: http://antiaids.org.kg/https://www.facebook.com/AAAKYRGYZSTAN/?ref=bookmarks


3. The Project “Monitoring of the availability of prevention and treatment for transgender people and trans* sex workers” by the Non-Commercial Foundation “Transgender”, Russia.

This is a small but ambitious research project to explore existing barriers of trans people to key medical services, demand for various interventions, quality in addressing specific needs. The Applicant is an organization being led by trans people and integral to the trans community in the country. The project is expected to meaningfully contribute to the regional data on gender approach and needs of trans people in HIV and other health services.

The Applicant’s Website: http://transgender.team/


4. The Project “Implementation of TRANSIT in the Republic of North Macedonia” by the Association for support of marginalized workers “STAR-STAR Skopje”, The Republic of North Macedonia”.

“TRANSIT” or “Transgender Implementation Tool” is an internationally recommended approach that contains practical advice on providing HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) programmes among transgender people. The project will help to adapt this important tool for the local trans community in North Macedonia and introduce it within the very first national community-led Health Programme. “Given that this particular tool is currently unavailable, much less implemented, we do consider it vital that the initial steps be taken in the direction of availability, dissemination of information, education and effectuation of this immensely useful practical tool which would greatly support the fragile and marginalized target community”, – states the Applicant.

The Applicant’s Website and social pages:  www.starsexwork.org; https://www.facebook.com/starsexwork/?ref=br_tf&epa=SEARCH_BOX


5. The Project “Visible Trans community – Strong and Healthy Community” by the Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health – Tanadgoma, Georgia.

In a complicated and trans-unfriendly political climate, this project intends to build capacity of and empower trans community leaders towards reaching their health needs and protecting their rights. The project will support training activities in Tbilisi and Batumi and will contribute largely to the development of new movements of trans people at the local level. Tanadgoma is one of the oldest and the most recognized NGOs in the country strongly committed to building independent, educated and empowered trans community and its leaders.

The Applicant’s Website: www.tanadgoma.ge


EKHN Executive Director K. Badalyan says “EKHN’s “HIV and Gender” Small Grants Programme has been developed and launched in response to the pressing need to address the persistent gender inequalities and human rights violations that put girls and women, boys and men, trans* and intersex people at a greater risk of, and more vulnerability to HIV. Through this channel, EKHN seeks and funds innovative and client-centric ideas focusing on actions in Gender and HIV that would strongly contribute to the EKHN ’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities. In current IV round, EKHN is going to fund civil society organizations from Balkans, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia scaling up access to gender oriented, sensitive and transformative HIV prevention, treatment, care and support assuring that resources are mobilized and utilized appropriately to address gender gap in HIV epidemic.

This year EKHN Small Grants Program is completely funded under the SoS_project and will contribute to improved health, inclusion and social wellbeing for trans* communities by strengthening the institutional and advocacy capacity of trans* civil society and their alias. I wish good luck to all winners and hope for incredible inputs, strong outcomes and valuable partnership. Besides, I thank all the rest of the applicants for their interesting and strong applications. We will be glad to see their proposals for the next year’s Small Grants Programme”.