Grantmaking

Request for Applications

The Washington AIDS Partnership is currently accepting applications to support intersectional projects that address the key issues that negatively impact the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, and queer men; transgender men and women; and youth in the Greater Washington region, with a focus on communities of color. The Washington AIDS Partnership’s ultimate goal is to move the region closer to ending the local HIV epidemic. Interested organizations can apply for a grant in one of two support areas: Project Support or General Operating Support. For more information, please read the Request for Applications. To apply, please complete and return this application to Program Manager Joe Servidio (servidio@wapdc.org).  Applications are due by 5pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Thursday, July 1, 2021 for funding in November 2021.

Grantmaking Approach

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 occur 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, people in the Latinx community, and others. Grantmaking targets specific populations at greater risk for HIV within this primary focus, such as individuals who inject drugs, are living in poverty or struggling with income instability, engage in sex work, and are homeless or unstably housed; young people; 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
  • End HIV: Investing in intersectional projects addressing the health and wellness of priority populations and moving the region closer to ending the local HIV epidemic
  • High-impact HIV Prevention: Supporting innovative strategies for hard-to-reach populations who are at high risk for HIV
  • 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

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