The Rapid Response Fund

©Jason Florio for Frontline AIDS

The Rapid Response Fund provides grants to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to continue accessing HIV services in emergency situations.

What is the Rapid Response Fund?

The Rapid Response Fund helps with urgent situations where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) and men who have sex with men (MSM) struggle to access HIV services because of stigma and discrimination – often leading to threats and violence.

Grants of up to $7,000 are available to civil society organisations that are led by, or work with, LGBT people and/or MSM. Organisations can apply to support themselves, or individuals, whose situation meets the criteria for the grant outlined below.

Coronavirus update

We normally have two types of grants available. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak we are only accepting applications for our Emergency Response Grants.

Emergency Response Grants

These grants are designed to help you take action very quickly when LGBT people and MSM experience stigma and discrimination, and cannot access HIV services.

Examples of activities are: relocation of premises following forced eviction of community-based organisations or service providers that support LGBT people and their access to HIV services; post-violence psychosocial support; providing urgent HIV medication; and emergency safety measures for individuals or service providers that ensure access to HIV services can continue.


In order to be eligible for a grant, an organisation must:

  • be led by, or work with, LGBT people and/or MSM, and
  • be based in one of the 33 eligible countries.


East and Southern Africa

  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

West and Central Africa

  • Angola
  • Cameroon
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • DRC
  • Ghana
  • Mali
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Gambia
  • Togo

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Dominican Republic
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago

The Rapid Response Fund is managed by Frontline AIDS and funded by a partnership between the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UNAIDS.

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