EXTENSION OF DEADLINE: Call for Proposals: ARASA Small Grants- Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers (open to Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles).

Posted by Editor on January 9, 2017

with support from the Global Fund Africa Regional Grant on HIV: Removing Legal Barriers 



Eligible countries: Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles
Call Opens: 24 November 2016
New Deadline for Submission:  23 January 2017

Introduction to 2017 Call for Proposals: 

In 2015, the AIDS and Rights Alliance of Southern  Africa (ARASA), Enda Santé, the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC), KELIN and UNDP secured funding from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for a first of its kind regional programme to be implemented in ten countries in West, East and Southern Africa, with the aim of
(1) strengthening evidence-based law reform to support improved delivery of and access to HIV and TB services for key populations;
(2) improving the legal environment that provides rights based protections through access to justice and enforcement of supportive laws for key populations and;
(3) protecting key populations in the event of human rights crises which impede access to HIV and TB services.
The overall goal of the Africa Regional Grant on HIV- Removing Legal Barriers is to work with parliamentarians, policy makers, law enforcement officials, cultural leaders, lawyers and the judiciary to strengthen access to services for key populations (men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who use drugs) in 10 countries – Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Removing Legal Barriers Small Grants: Botswana , Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles
As part of the Africa Regional Grant on HIV-Removing Legal barriers, ARASA will provide small grants of USD 10 000 each to civil society, human rights organisations and key population groups in Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles for national policy and advocacy to follow up the recommendations of the Legal Environment Assessments (LEAs) (where these have been undertaken) and for using existing structures to develop national mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations that impede access to HIV and TB services.
The small grants will cover a range of national advocacy activities, which can be implemented as follow up from regional capacity strengthening interventions linked to the programme, to support strategic litigation and to advocate for policy and law reform. The small grants can cover the costs of developing advocacy materials, implementing advocacy activities and the costs of convening or attending meetings.

  1. Applicants are expected to submit proposals in the form of a brief Concept Note to nthabiseng@arasa.info  , with cc to sorayam@arasa.info
  2. For preparation of the Concept Note, refer to the following annexes:
Annex 1: Concept Note template
Annex 2: Budget template
Annex 3: M & E template
The new deadline for submission of the application is 23 January 2017, 17h00 South African time (GMT +2). Concept Notes received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • ARASA awards grants through a competitive process. Projects will be assessed to ensure that human rights principles are included in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the projects, including a focus on holding governments accountable for political commitments and ensuring that issues of safety, security and other considerations for LGBTI, people with disabilities and other Key Populations are considered during the implementation of the projects;
  • ARASA will draft and facilitate signing of a grant agreement (which requires recipients to furnish bi-annual reports which should include narratives describing the project’s progress and financial reports detailing how all grant funds were expended);
  • Grantees will be expected to submit mid-term and final narrative and financial reports with supporting documentation: Financial reports should account for all categories as per the approved budget. All financial reports should account for accumulative expenses to date; return any unexpected portion of the grant at the end of the grant period, and ensure that all funds received in terms of this grant are used only for the purposes and activities outlined in the grant application in line with the approved budget.
  1. Strengthen the capacity of national civil society groups (including human rights organisations), networks of people living with HIV and key population organisations to advocate for an enabling legal environment;
  2. Enhance legal and rights literacy of communities, with a focus on people living with HIV and key population organisations;
  3. Address challenges in service provision and law enforcement related to key populations and advocate for the enforcement of supportive laws to support improved access to and delivery of HIV and TB services; and
  4. Strengthen access to justice and national mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations that impede key population access to HIV/TB services.

Small grants will be for 12 months duration, will be up to a maximum of $10,000 each and will cover, the costs of meetings, travel, legal fees and advocacy materials.
Small grants and technical support will be provided to civil society groups, human rights organisations and key population groups and their networks to:
  • Identify and document key human rights issues/violations resulting from punitive/discriminatory laws that impede key population access to HIV and TB services through discussions with constituents at national and regional level;
  • Engage in law, policy and HIV strategy development at national level;
  • Capacity strengthening on human rights and legal literacy for people living with HIV, key populations, parliamentarians, national human rights institutions, policy makers, law enforcement officials, cultural leaders, lawyers and/or the judiciary;
  • Engage in activities to strengthen the legal/ policy and law enforcement environment;
  • Participate in strategic litigation as complainants;
  • Advocate in support of strategic litigation prior, during and post-judgment
  • Advocacy campaigns and events;
  • Dissemination of LEAs, recommendations from national dialogues (on the LEAs) and other findings to stakeholders, including religious and cultural leaders
  • Only national NGOs, civil society groups (including human rights organisations) and/or key population groups with a strong track record in the provision of legal services, advocacy for human rights, key population issues and/or health will be considered for the small grants;
  • Priority will be given to organisations with a strong track record in advocacy on issues that affect one (or more) of the following key populations: sex workers, transgender persons, MSM and people who use drugs especially in the context of punitive laws, access to healthcare, human rights and sexual and reproductive health rights; 
  • Organisations should illustrate an ability to manage funds according to international accounting standards and furnish quarterly reports which should include narratives describing the project progress and financial reports detailing how all the grant funds were expended; and
  • Organisations of key populations, people living with HIV and women with appropriate skills, experience and capacity will be approached and encouraged to apply
  • Submitted for interventions in countries other than Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Seychelles;
  • Submitted for implementation in more than one country;
  • Submitted by individuals without any organisational affiliation;
  • That have incomplete documentation, including blank or missing annexes;
  • Requesting funds to cover costs of infrastructure such as purchase of land, property, acquisition of office space, construction or repair of existing buildings or offices, including for example, the building and furnishing of service facilities, shelters or short-stay homes.