The Washington AIDS Partnership employs a unique and efficient mechanism for responding to the local HIV epidemic through its collaborative grantmaking model. It brings together informed grantmakers, community leaders, and people living with HIV to participate in the grant decision-making process.

The Washington AIDS Partnership takes a number of important factors into consideration when developing Requests for Applications and assessing grant requests:

  • Does it address racial equity issues and benefit those most impacted by HIV, communities of color
  • Is it informed by best practices
  • Will it fill gaps in services
  • Does it align with current trends in health care and HIV epidemiological data

Grant rounds twice each year, in the spring and fall. Requests for Applications are either invitation-only or open to all nonprofit organizations in the Greater Washington region. Grants are awarded for a one year period.

Grantmaking Priorities

Grantmaking priorities are focused on those populations most at risk for and impacted by HIV in the Greater Washington region. The primary focus is communities of color, including African Americans, African immigrants, Latinos/Hispanics, and others. Grantmaking targets specific high-risk populations within this primary focus, such as injection drug users, individuals living in poverty or struggling with income instability, sex workers, homeless individuals, youth, and individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ).

  • Access to and Retention in Care: Addressing barriers to and improving engagement in HIV medical care
  • High-impact HIV Prevention: Supporting innovative strategies for hard-to-reach populations who are at high risk for HIV
  • LGBTQ Health and Wellness: Investing in game-changing ideas that will result in positive and long-term change for or improvements in the quality of life and health of LGBTQ populations
  • Medical Morale: Addressing morale issues among HIV medical providers that negatively affect quality of care
  • Public Policy: Identifying and addressing systemic issues negatively impacting HIV and related health services
  • Technical Assistance: Support and training to increase capacity and expertise among local nonprofits serving individuals living with HIV

Request for Applications

The Washington AIDS Partnership is currently accepting applications for a new program, the Catalyst Initiative. The deadline is Monday,  February 5, 2018, 5 pm EST. Please see the initiative’s request for applications for more information.

Please regularly check this page for updates about funding opportunities, and follow the Partnership on Twitter @WASHAIDS for RFA announcements.

Photo by Betsy Karel for the Washington AIDS Partnership A Fight We Can Win publication.