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POP RFP


AIDS United, with funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc., is pleased to announce the opportunity for grant support through the People Organizing Positively (POP) initiative!


People Organizing Positively (POP), formerly known as the Positive Organizing Project, through support from Gilead Sciences, has provided over $750,000 in grants to communities across the U.S. for four program years. Over 500,000+ people living with HIV (PLHIV) have been reached in POP’s history by nearly 40 grantees. Information on the most recent cohort of grantees is here.

In the thirty-seven years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first cases of what would later be defined as HIV, biomedical interventions and access to quality care have transformed HIV from a once-fatal disease to a chronic, manageable condition. This progress would not have been possible without the advocacy and leadership of people living with HIV who were the driving force behind pushing for HIV cure and treatment research with urgency.

AIDS United believes that realizing the true potential of this moment in the HIV epidemic will require partnership with a revitalized grassroots movement of people living with HIV. People living with HIV have a critical role to play in combating stigma, serving as role models for disclosure and engagement in care, working to decriminalize HIV, and leading advocacy activities by—and for—people living with HIV, towards policy and programmatic solutions.

The goals of POP are to: 
  • Support innovative projects that fully embody the principles of Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV (MIPA);
  • Increase leadership capacity of People Living with HIV (PLHIV);
  • Support grassroots activities that involve the leadership of PLHIV; and
  • Strengthen the organizational practices that embody and operationalize MIPA values.

AIDS United will support projects via the following two tracks:
  1. Building a MIPA-driven Organization: projects focused on concrete activities that strengthen the organizational practices and that operationalize MIPA values at the organizational level.
  2. MIPA-driven Grassroots Projects: projects focused on specific grassroots activities that involve the leadership of people living with HIV.
Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA)

The people living with HIV self-empowerment movement began when an advisory committee of people living with AIDS convened in Denver, Colorado in 1983 and drafted the Denver Principles. These principles of “Nothing about us without us” laid the foundation for the concept of Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA).

MIPA is the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in the development, implementation, resolution and evaluation of programs and policies which impact their lives. MIPA assumes that:
  • People living with HIV are subject matter experts in the issues that they face and have the right to participate in decision-making processes about issues that affect their lives;
  • Those most affected by issues are integral to identifying sustainable solutions to address them;
  • People living with HIV who are involved must be reflective of the local community affected by HIV; and
  • Efforts to ensure involvement should emphasize populations often ignored or excluded from decision-making.

MIPA does not assume that all people living with HIV can be represented by a single person, or that perspectives are race and gender-neutral. Because disclosure of HIV status can be dangerous, MIPA also does not require disclosure of HIV status for participation. MIPA is more than tokenistic representation and participation.

MIPA affirms that people living with HIV must be involved in decision-making at all levels: their own health, in how organizations serve them, and how their communities and nations respond to their needs. From local HIV planning bodies to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, MIPA has guided and demanded that the leadership of people living with HIV be followed. The POP Initiative will mirror MIPA principles with the expectation that PLHIV must be involved in decision-making at all levels of this project.

AIDS United expects to award funds through this grantmaking initiative by October 1, 2018. Most grants through this initiative will range from $40,000 to $60,000. However, applicants are welcome to apply for smaller projects with budgets as low $20,000. Please Note: Invitations for full proposal submissions will specify a project period in the range 8-12 months.

Funded POP projects are intended to be designed by and for people living with HIV. PLHIV should be involved in all stages of the POP initiative including: project conceptualization, project design, grant writing, and ultimately, management and implementation of the project.

For additional information on MIPA, download the factsheet jointly developed by AIDS United and the HIV Caucus: Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS (MIPA). A recorded webinar on the principles of MIPA as they inform this initiative is here. We strongly encourage applicants to review both prior to submission of the Letter of Intent. The review committee for POP will place great weight on how an applicant has meaningfully involved PLHIV in the design and implementation of its proposed project.

Letters of Intent are due no later than 12:00 Noon Eastern Time on Friday, July 27, 2018. Applicants will be notified by Monday August 6, 2018 if they are invited to submit a full proposal with full submission instructions.

Important Links and Documents:

Request for Letters of Intent (Guidelines)
Frequently Asked Questions
MIPA Factsheet
MIPA Webinar

Submit LOI
LOIs are due July 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET


Assistance during the Application Process:

Our staff is available to answer any questions and to provide technical support. We prefer that you submit questions and requests for assistance to our dedicated email address pop@aidsunited.org, with your organization’s name in the subject line of the message. You may also call Julio Fonseca, at AIDS United, at (202) 876-2835.

About Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV (MIPA)


Download slides here
Download the MIPA factsheet here





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