COVID-related Funding Opportunities for Civil Society Working on HIV, TB, Malaria, Gender and Human Rights

We would like to share with you the information about few COVID-related Funding Opportunities available for Civil Society Working on HIV, TB, Malaria, Gender and Human Rights in EECA.

Elton John AIDS Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund is accepting applications for solutions that have strong potential to address specific challenges that have arisen for people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS and who are now at heightened risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such solutions should aim to demonstrably mitigate the threat of COVID-19 on maintaining current levels of access or increasing access to HIV-related prevention, testing, care and treatment adherence services.

Fund is only accepting applications from organisations who have been awarded a grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation since 1st January 2017.

The deadline for submission: April 23, 2020 at 5:59 PM GMT

Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund Call for Proposal COVID19

You may apply for new funding opportunities that support your local civil-society organization in its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund seeks to fund qualifying projects of local women’s organizations that contribute to responding to COVID-19 in crises settings.

Eligible EECA countries: Ukraine

The deadline for submission: 28 April 2020

OutRight COVID-19 LGBTIQ Emergency Response Fund

OutRight Action International has launched the OutRight COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund. The fund will offer emergency financial resources to LGBTIQ organizations around the world who are serving people impacted by COVID-19, and support OutRight’s work to document and respond to the impacts of the crisis on LGBTIQ communities. The first disbursement of $100,000 opened for applications on April 8, 2020.

The grants to be provided are from $2,500 up to $10,000. You can start the application process by first looking at your eligibility.

Before starting an application, please make sure you are eligible to submit an application. The eligibility criteria are:

1. Your organization must work directly with and for LGBTIQ people

2. Your organization must be based outside the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand

Gilead | CARES Grantee Fund

Gilead Sciences, Inc. announced the creation of the global Gilead CARES (COVID-19 Acute Relief and Emergency Support) Grantee Fund to provide financial support to current grantees facing an imminent closure or termination of vital services due to losses attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide up to $20 million in donations to these nonprofit groups.

The Gilead CARES Grantee Fund was established to support organizations that already receive grant support from Gilead. Organizations may be eligible to receive up to $100,000 in emergency assistance. Existing grantees that wish to request support should submit funding requests using Gilead’s online grants management system.

Urgent Action Fund | Rapid Response Grants 

UAF was established to provide support to women and trans human rights defenders/activists or organizations led by women or trans activists when an unexpected situation arises that requires an immediate and time-urgent response to uphold human rights. We provide two types of Rapid Response Grants:

  • Security: The safety and security of women or trans human rights defenders/activists/organizations are threatened as a result of their human rights work.
  • Opportunity: An unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization that may result in advancements for women and LGBTQI’s rights, such as changes in legal decisions, policy, and laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices.
  • Grant size: UAF’s grants do not exceed US$8,000. The final grant amount awarded is determined by the UAF staff.
  • Grant period: Security grants are up to 3 months; Opportunity grants are up to 6 months

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights accepts applications for support from countries in Canada, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Russia, The South Caucasus, Turkey, United States, and Western Europe.


  • Women/Trans-led – women/trans people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
  • Women or Trans Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed will promote the advancement of women’s or trans human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
  • Unanticipated and Time Urgent – the specific event or situation your organization is responding to was unanticipated, and actions must happen quickly to be effective.
  • Actions must be implemented within 3-6 months of approval of an application.
  • Supported/Networked – the group has the support of others involved in women’s human rights or related fields, locally or globally.

Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund | The WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund has opened a new window of funding for local women’s organizations responding to COVID-19 in their communities. As a funding mechanism designed to support women-led and women’s rights organizations in crisis settings, WPHF is particularly well placed to provide an urgent response to the crisis and its gender dimensions.

The WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window is divided into 2 funding streams:

Funding Stream 1: Institutional funding: from 2,500 USD to 30,000 USD

This funding stream will provide institutional funding to local civil society organizations working on women, peace and security and humanitarian issues to ensure they are able to sustain themselves through the crisis. Prospective applicants will need to demonstrate how the current crisis affects their institutional and financial capacities and how the funding would support them through the pandemic.

Funding Stream 2: Programmatic funding: from 30,000 USD to 200,000 USD

This funding stream will finance projects which aim specifically to provide gender-responsive response to the COVID19 crisis. Interventions could include, but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening the leadership and meaningful participation of women and girls in all decision-making processes in in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Mobilizing of women’s organizations at community level to ensure that public health education messages on risk and prevention strategies are reaching all women (including through community radio, the use of technology, etc.).
  • Supporting women who will be most economically affected by the crisis, namely daily wage earners, small business owners and those working in informal sectors. This could be done through cash transfers, community funds and support to women-led small businesses.
  • Restoring and strengthening access to sexual and reproductive health services, including pre-and post-natal care.
  • Supporting prevention and response to GBV, including through safe shelters but also campaigns on social norms targeting male engagement in domestic work and combatting domestic violence.

Civil-society organizations from next EECA countries are qualified to apply: Ukraine

Round 1 Application Deadline: 28 April 2020 | Emergency grant delivers a fast and specific EU response to support Human Rights Defenders at risk. The emergency grants programme ensures that Human Rights Defenders can access and implement urgent security measures to protect themselves, their family and their work.

The applications for emergency support grants to individuals at risk are evaluated on a case by case basis and considering the criteria of identity, situation and needs as follows:

  • The applicant is a human rights defender working for human rights in accordance with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders;
  • The applicant is facing risks because of his/her human rights work;
  • The applicant needs urgent support (lack of access to alternative sources of support will be taken into account).
  • No EU funded grant will exceed 10,000 €. The different partner organisations may also apply additional criteria or limits.

The list of types of activities eligible for emergency financial and material support to Human Rights Defenders at risk includes:

  • Physical security;
  • Digital security;
  • Communications;
  • Capacity building in security;
  • Secure transportation;
  • Legal support;
  • Medical support (including psycho-social support and rehabilitation);
  • Humanitarian assistance (including family support);
  • Urgent relocation;
  • Urgent monitoring, reporting and advocacy;
  • Other.

Frontline Defenders | Protection grants 

Protection Grants can pay for provisions to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and their organisations including, but not limited to:

  • improving physical security of an organisation or individual, digital security and communication security;
  • supporting legal fees for HRDs who are being judicially harassed;
  • paying for medical fees for HRDs who have been attacked or who have suffered a medical condition as a result of their peaceful human rights activities;
  • providing family assistance for imprisoned HRDs or family members who are at risk because of a HRD’s activities.

Grants are for amounts up to a maximum of €7,500.

Protection Grants are generally not awarded for 100% of the proposed budget. Applications may be made in Arabic, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Farsi, Portuguese, Chinese and Turkish.