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Offer: Call For Proposals: Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund for HIV/AIDS

The Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund (RC-NF) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for global and regional HIV/AIDS civil society and community networks. The RC-NF has been designed to ensure that civil society networks, working at global and regional levels, have sufficient and predictable resources to enhance the quality, effectiveness and gender equity of the HIV response, especially in reaching inadequately served populations at local level, through global and regional action. Deadline for proposals: September 1, 2012.

It responds to the fact that not only is there a reduction in adequate and reliable funds for networks, but that at country level there is inadequate attention paid to the communities and populations most in need of effective HIV prevention, treatment, care and support responses, and to protect their human rights and over turn stigma and discrimination (inadequately served populations).

Available Funding
An initial group of donors has provided the support for the establishment of the RC-NF and with the intention to commit funding for at least three years (although not all donors have confirmed their funding yet). The total amount available for all grant-making activities of the RC-NF is up to US$5 million for the first year (although not all donors have confirmed their funding yet). It is the ambition of the RC-NF to actively engage more donors in order to increase the level of funds available, and to secure sufficient funding to support the RC-NF for at least three years.

Global and regional civil society and community networks can apply for a grant to support core-funding and/or programmatic needs of the network for up to three years, depending on review of performance after one year against a results framework and availability of funds.

Only one application may be submitted per organization. Proposals must clearly demonstrate how support will enable the network to contribute to the identified outcomes and how they will track relevant indicators. It is expected that additional proposals for new activities or scale up can be submitted in subsequent years. These submissions will be subject to competitive review.

Who is eligible to apply?
Global networks, regional networks and alliances of networks (a combination of global and regional, or otherwise) that:
Are non-profit organizations (e.g., NGOs, CBOs, and other charitable organizations);
Focus in their work on HIV/AIDS and directly related issues (75% of activities and spending); and
Have strong management and leadership, and have the capacity to carry out the proposed activities, monitor contribution to outcomes within an agreed results framework, and to effectively manage the requested grant.

Who is NOT eligible and should not apply?
Individuals;
Government organizations or units;
For-profit organizations;
Organizations that already receive adequate levels of core funding;
Organizations that do not involve people living with HIV or members of the community they serve in the development and implementation of programs and activities.
Proposals below USD$50.000 or above US$500,000 (per network/per year) are not eligible for funding.

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