The International AIDS Society (IAS) invites young leaders to submit a proposal requesting up to USD 10,000 to implement a six-month innovation that addresses a need in the HIV response for young people living with and affected by HIV.
The IAS will support a new cohort of five Young Leaders with USD 10,000 seed grants to scale up HIV-related innovation projects that respond to a locally defined need. Each Young Leader must be affiliated with and logistically supported by an organization working in HIV and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) or other related areas.
- Selected Young Leaders will be awarded:
- USD 10,000 seed grant to implement and/or scale up an HIV-related innovative project over a period of six months (1 January to 30 June 2023)
- Capacity building in monitoring and evaluation, reporting and communications and networking opportunities
- Travel to IAS 2023, the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science, in Brisbane, Australia – pending funding
- Inclusion in the IAS 2023 Young Leaders Programme.
- The Young Leader must:
- Be connected to an organization that is willing and able to provide mentorship and logistical support for the proposed Young Leaders project
- Be between 18 and 30 years old (and ideally under 25)
- Agree to be featured in IAS digital media
- Be willing to attend IAS 2023 from 23 to 26 July 2023 – pending funding
- The host organization must:
- Be willing to undergo eligibility checks with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) – information
- Be willing to actively mentor the Young Leader
- Be willing to logistically support its Young Leader in the day-to-day aspects of the implementation of their innovation project
- Be able and willing to report and communicate with the IAS in English.
Selection of applications will be based on the following criteria:
- Project plan: Does the concept note clearly articulate a problem statement (project need)? What are your project objectives and what activities will help you reach them? How does the project plan to measure success? The strongest applications will provide a clear snapshot of your project, including activities, expected results and outcomes while telling a clear and compelling story of why your innovation should be implemented.
- Project sustainability: Does this project leverage funds from other organizations? Is the applicant starting from scratch or have they already made progress towards the goals of this project? Has the application demonstrated that grant funds will make a catalytic difference to this project’s trajectory? Strong applications will have a specific plan for
- Strength of youth engagement: What role do young people play in the project? The project must have a meaningful engagement component as part of its overarching objectives, which translates into at least one project activity. This means the project should work to increase political and social will and work to change policies, programmes or systems that affect young people. The most successful applications will make the case for why this intervention is important now (urgency) and point to specific policy change (focus).
- Leadership qualities of the proposed Young Leader: What are the benefits of the programme to the proposed Young Leader? How has the proposed Young Leader demonstrated leadership qualities in the host organization? The most successful applications will provide evidence outlining why the proposed Young Leader is the right person to implement the project.
- Capacity of host organization: Why you are supporting the proposed Young Leader? How will the organization support the proposed Young Leader in their work? The strongest applications will outline clear plans to mentor and logistically support the Young Leader in accordance with the eligibility criteria.
For more information, visit https://www.iasociety.org/youth-hub-seed-grant-programme