ARASA Call for Proposals: Africa Regional Grant on HIV-Removing Legal Barriers

Deadline: 23 January 2017

The AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern Africa (ARASA) is accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its Africa Regional Grant on HIV- Removing Legal Barriers in order to strengthen access to services for key populations (men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who use drugs).


  • Strengthen the capacity of national civil society groups (including human rights organisations), networks of people living with HIV and key population organisations to advocate for an enabling legal environment;
  • Enhance legal and rights literacy of communities, with a focus on people living with HIV and key population organisations;
  • Address challenges in service provision and law enforcement related to key populations and advocate for the enforcement of supportive laws to support improved access to and delivery of HIV and TB services; and
  • Strengthen access to justice and national mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations that impede key population access to HIV/TB services.

Grant Information

Small grants will be for 12 months duration, will be up to a maximum of $10,000 each and will cover, the costs of meetings, travel, legal fees and advocacy materials.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only national NGOs, civil society groups (including human rights organisations) and/or key population groups with a strong track record in the provision of legal services, advocacy for human rights, key population issues and/or health will be considered for the small grants;
  • Priority will be given to organisations with a strong track record in advocacy on issues that affect one (or more) of the following key populations: sex workers, transgender persons, MSM and people who use drugs especially in the context of punitive laws, access to healthcare, human rights and sexual and reproductive health rights;
  • Organisations should illustrate an ability to manage funds according to international accounting standards and furnish quarterly reports which should include narratives describing the project progress and financial reports detailing how all the grant funds were expended; and
  • Organisations of key populations, people living with HIV and women with appropriate skills, experience and capacity will be approached and encouraged to apply

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit proposals in the form of a brief Concept Note via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles.

For more information, please visit ARASA Small Grants.

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