Positive Action invites applications to the 2023 Round 2 funding for Innovator Grants, focusing on proposals designed to implement community-based and community-led approaches for effective harm reduction and HIV prevention, testing, and treatment programming for communities who engage in chemsex in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. This includes gay, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs and those engaged in sex work.1’
According to UNAIDS, people who inject drugs have 35 times greater risk than adults who do not inject drugs of acquiring HIV, transgender women have 14 times greater risk of acquiring HIV than adult women (15-49) in the general population, and gay men and other men who have sex with men have 28 times greater risk of acquiring HIV than adult men (15-49) in the general population.1
Chemsex, an increasing practice in some parts of the world, involves the use of specific drugs before or during planned sexual events to facilitate, enhance, prolong and sustain sex. The risk of transmission for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is increased as a result of chemsex drugs lowering inhibitions, which can lead to unsafe sexual and other behaviours. For example chemsex participants may be more likely to engage in intercourse without the use of condoms, engage in sex with multiple partners, not take antiretrovirals (ARVs) including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and in the case of injecting drugs, engage in unsafe practices such as sharing injecting equipment
Focus of call: Positive Action invites proposals designed to implement community-based and community-led approaches for effective harm reduction and HIV prevention, testing, and treatment programming for communities who engage in chemsex responding to at least two of the three themes:
- Community based awareness and education campaigns, including through the use of digital technologies
- Drive uptake of harm reduction and HIV prevention, care and treatment services
- Drive uptake of mental health services.
Applications that are selected for funding, will be enrolled in a joint research study led by ViiV Healthcare Positive Action, to demonstrate the impact from the programming implemented on chemsex and document learning. This is in recognition that the sector would benefit from more evidence of good practice on chemsex programming to enable practitioners to use this for the South-East context and beyond. Positive Action invites applications from 6 June 2023 (00:01 BST) to 29th June 2023 (23:59 BST). Applications will be reviewed by the ViiV Positive Action Technical Review Committee at their meeting in July 2023
Positive Action will award up to £50,000 per year over two years (i.e. up to £100,000 over a two-year period). The call is open to both Community Based Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations working at the community level.
Positive Action will be hosting two Webinars to respond to questions that applications may have. Join the first Webinar at 9:00am BST on Friday 9th of June or the second Webinar at 9am BST on Friday 16th June.
Click here to download a more detailed guidance note in English.
All applications must be submitted through the Cyber Grants Portal. You will need to register your profile to gain access even if you have been a previous Positive Action Grantee.
Completing your applications
Use the link provided to create your profile and to complete your application: https://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/ao_login.login?x_gm_id=8212&x_proposal_type_id=93632
Please do not email applications to ViiV Healthcare or Positive Action staff members of Positive Action mailboxes. We will only accept applications via the online application system..
If you have any problems accessing the online system please review the FAQs and/or contact the Positive Action mailbox: WW.PositiveAction@viivhealthcare.com
The application window is open until 29th June 2023 (23:59 BST). Applications will be reviewed by a Technical Review committee. Final decision and contracting will happen from July 2023 onwards. These dates are provided as a guide.