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Transgender Leadership Initiative RFP

AIDS United, with support from Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP, is pleased to announce the opportunity for grant support through the Transgender Leadership Initiative.

Transgender communities are critically affected by HIV and face unique challenges in HIV care. Because leadership from transgender communities is essential to addressing the dire HIV epidemic facing them, to improving transgender health outcomes, and to solidifying transgender power in our society, AIDS United is continuing to support the Transgender Leadership Initiative to identify and expand the leadership capabilities of transgender individuals in local communities. The Transgender Leadership Initiative will support the ability of transgender leaders to respond to HIV-related stigma, improve provider competency, and will bring to the table a vitally under-represented voice in the national response to HIV. Having transgender leaders at the helm ensures that transgender-specific needs stay at the forefront of these critical efforts, demonstrating the necessity of meaningful involvement of community members in HIV leadership.

The goals of the Transgender Leadership Initiative are to:
  • Develop leaders in transgender communities to improve HIV service delivery for their peers;
  • Increase transgender leadership presence in HIV policy arenas; and
  • Create a cohort of connected transgender leaders who support each other and network to impact their communities for improved HIV outcomes.

AIDS United expects to award grants through this initiative by September 1, 2018. The average grant award will be $15,000; however, applicants are eligible to apply for grants up to $20,000. Grant periods must be between 6 months and 8 months.

To be eligible for receiving funding, all interested organizations must submit a brief Letter of Inquiry. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only following review of Letters of Inquiry. Interested applicants should read the full Request for Proposals (RFP) document before submitting a Letter of Inquiry.

Applicants who would like assistance in completing the Letter of Inquiry should contact Shannon Wyss at to schedule a time to answer questions over the phone. AIDS United will review submissions and notify applicants within two weeks.

Letters of Inquiry are due by 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 31, 2018.

Important Links and Documents:

Request for Proposals (RFP)
Letter of Inquiry form - due May 31, 2018, at 5:00 PM ET
FAQ - Updated May 1

Assistance during the Application Process:

AIDS United is committed to assisting eligible applicants with the preparation of a complete and responsive Letter of Inquiry. Staff is available to answer questions and provide technical support. Applicants may submit answers to the Letter of Inquiry questions through a scheduled phone call with staff. Please email questions and requests for assistance to Shannon Wyss, Program Manager, at You can also call Shannon at (202) 876-2851.

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