Transgender Leadership Initiative Grant

AIDS United

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: May 31, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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AIDS United, with support from Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP, is pleased to announce the opportunity for grant support through the Transgender Leadership Initiative. 

Transgender communities are critically affected by HIV and face unique challenges in HIV care. Because leadership from transgender communities is essential to addressing the dire HIV epidemic facing them, to improving transgender health outcomes, and to solidifying transgender power in our society, AIDS United is continuing to support the Transgender Leadership Initiative to identify and expand the leadership capabilities of transgender individuals in local communities. The Transgender Leadership Initiative will support the ability of transgender leaders to respond to HIV-related stigma, improve provider competency, and will bring to the table a vitally under-represented voice in the national response to HIV. Having transgender leaders at the helm ensures that transgender-specific needs stay at the forefront of these critical efforts, demonstrating the necessity of meaningful involvement of community members in HIV leadership. 

The goals of the Transgender Leadership Initiative are to:

  • Develop leaders in transgender communities to improve HIV service delivery for their peers;
  • Increase transgender leadership presence in HIV policy arenas; and
  • Create a cohort of connected transgender leaders who support each other and network to impact their communities for improved HIV outcomes.

The average grant award will be $15,000; however, applicants are eligible to apply for grants up to $20,000. Grant periods must be between 6 months and 8 months. 

Program Expectations

Using Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS (MIPA) as a guide, a tailored transgender HIV-focused leadership program will:

  • Increase leadership among transgender individuals by incorporating MIPA principles in transgender advocacy to increase resources and appropriate HIV services for transgender people; and
  • Increase the transgender leadership capacity of either transgender-led or transgender-serving agencies by incorporating MIPA leadership principles in their efforts to address HIV and transgender communities

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Community-based organizations, AIDS service organizations, other non-profit organizations, and community-based organizations with a fiscal sponsor are invited to apply if they meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Non-Profit Status – Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, per the guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with proper 501(c)3 status.
      • Appropriate verification of this federal status will be undertaken by AIDS United before final grant decisions are made.
      • Applications that do not hold 501(c)3 status must have an already established relationship with a fiscal sponsor to apply.
    • Organizational Viability – Organizations should be viable with or without these grant funds.
      • These funds are not intended to help start new organizations or to serve as a replacement for discontinued funding.
    • Community/Population Served – Applicants must work with transgender individuals who are either living with HIV or at risk for HIV


  • Priority will be given to applicants that can provide clear plans and demonstrated capacity to  ensure that people living with HIV and reflective of the communities impacted are involved in leading efforts to combat stigma, improve the policy or legal environment, and/orensuring effective programs.
  • Priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest relevance for this RFP. To demonstrate relevance, your application must address at least two of the below:
    • Clear description of the need for transgender leadership in their community‐based organizations, planning bodies, and networks;
    • Socioeconomic and health disparities experienced by the target population;
    • Opportunity and timeliness for policy initiatives that will improve the local response to the needs of people who are transgender and living with HIV or policy environment including why the applicant is well-positioned to play a critical role in this effort;
    • The scale of impact that the investment can have on the local HIV response at it relates to the transgender community; and
    • Sustainability of the effort after this funding cycle. 


  • Note that the Transgender Leadership Initiative is not meant to support individual transgender people as they complete their education, apply for new identity documents, or transition; AIDS United funds only organizations.
  • Grant funds may not be used for: 
    • Program or organizational development;
    • Direct or grassroots lobbying; 
    • Direct services;
    • Expenses or personnel not directly related to the proposed project;
    • Medications or medical care;
    • Facility acquisition or renovation;
    • Deficit reduction or debt payment;
    • Displacement of existing funding sources;
    • General operating funds; or
    • Indirect expenses over 15%.

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