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, people in the Latinx community, and others. Grantmaking targets specific high-risk populations 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
  • High-impact HIV Prevention: Supporting innovative strategies for hard-to-reach populations who are at high risk for HIV
  • Catalyst: Investing in intersectional projects that address key issues such as stigma, discrimination, health care access, and mistrust of the medical system, while working to improve the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, and queer men of color
  • 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 funding as part of the Catalyst initiative. As part of this program, WAP supports intersectional projects that address the key issues that negatively impact the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, and queer men of color in the Greater Washington region. The initiative’s focus of “health and wellness” is deliberately broad, to encompass the variety of issues that negatively affect gay, bisexual, and queer men of color and provide an opportunity for innovation. Applications are due by 5pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, May 6th, 2019 for funding in June 2019. Please see the Request for Applications for more details.

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