All applications received before the closing date of the 16th of December 2022 at 23:59 CAT will be checked by ARASA
The Love Alliance is a strategic partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Aidsfonds, UHAI EASHRI, ISDAO, GALZ, Sisonke, SANPUD and GNP+ with ARASA as a grant-making partner for Southern Africa from 2023/2024. The Love Alliance runs from 2021-2025 with a focus on advocacy on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights for sex workers, people who use drugs (PWUD), and LGBTIQ+ people, including people living with HIV. Starting in 2023, ARASA will be responsible for the participatory grant-making in Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and at sub-regional level.
This call for proposals is specifically for organisations based in Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, that advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights for key populations. Love Alliance is inviting organisations led by sex workers, people who use drugs (PWUD), and LGBTIQ+ people, including people living with HIV to apply through the ARASA Good grants online platform before the 16th of December 2022, at 23:59 CAT.
Introduction Love Alliance
The Love Alliance aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of sex workers, people who use drugs, LGBTIQ+ people including people living with HIV in Africa through advocacy at national, global, and regional levels. The Love Alliance works towards a significant reduction in HIV incidence by influencing policies, organising communities, and raising awareness of health rights in ten countries. Love Alliance brings together organisations led by the communities which are most affected by HIV and AIDS across Africa.
 South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Morocco
 Definition: population facing a high HIV risk, mortality and/or morbidity compared to the general population, and, at the same time, facing systematic human rights violations and barriers to information and services. Love Alliance includes the following populations: sex workers, people who use drugs, LGBTIQ+ people and (young) people living with HIV.
Details on the Call
2.1 Who is this call for?
This call is for organisations and networks led by LGBTIQ+ people, sex workers, and people who use drugs, including people living with HIV and/or young key populations in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. We specifically encourage organisations working with people who advocate for the development of national SRHR/HIV and human rights frameworks/policies/laws, affecting key populations. Joint advocacy initiatives and cross-movement collaboration are encouraged.
We are looking for community-led organisations and consortia in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. To be clear community Led organisations are LED BY: LGBTIQ+ people, sex workers, people who use drugs, including people living with HIV and young key populations, who are:
- Advocating for an end to sexual violence, gender-based violence, stigma and discrimination against sex workers, LGBTIQ+ people, people who use drugs, including young key populations and people living with HIV.
- Advocating for equal access to inclusive, people-centred, accountable, integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services.
- Interested in creating or participating in a movement of capable, inclusive, influential, and mutually supportive key population-led organisations in an unrestricted civic space.
To qualify as community led, the organisation must:
- Have an active board of directors, governors, or advisors with the majority of the
board members being LGBTIQ+ people, sex workers, people who use drugs, including people living with HIV and young key populations.
- Have at least 50% senior management identifying as LGBTIQ+ people, sex workers, people who use drugs, including people living with HIV and young key populations; and
- Have at least 2/3 of staff, volunteers, or members who are LGBTIQ+ people, sex workers, people who use drugs, including people living with HIV and young key populations.
2.2 Eligibility criteria
Your organisation is eligible for this grant if it meets the following criteria:
- Your organisation is Community-led meaning led by: LGBTIQ+ people, sex workers, and people who use drugs, including people living with HIV and young key populations.
- Organisations which are not community-led are (only) considered when:
- they are hosting community-led organisations
- are part of a consortium with community-led organisations
- they are a network of community-led organisations
- they channel the voice and ensure the meaningful engagement of people who use drugs, LGBTIQ+ people, sex workers, people living with HIV, and/or young key populations in situations where no community-led organisations are present.
- Your organisation is a not-for-profit organisation engaged in HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights advocacy in Mozambique, South Africa or Zimbabwe for at least two years
- Your organisations can operate at a local, provincial, national level or sub-regional level.
- Your organisation is registered with the relevant government department. If your organisation is not registered, you can find a fiscal hosting organisation to support you with the grant. For example, the national network of people living with HIV, harm reduction organisations, or other network organisations.
- You may also apply as a group of community-led organisations together in a consortium. This can include harm reduction organisations, service providers, educational institutions and other community-based organisations. In this case, you apply with one registered lead organisation and at least one community-led organisation in the consortium.
2.3 What work can be done under this call?
Key population community-led movement building and advocacy
The Love Alliance aims to strengthen community-led organisations and increase their role to influence the legal and policy environment and service provision affecting key populations in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Community members can influence policy development, policy implementation, legal processes and provisions and hold government and other bodies accountable for their commitments to the community.
While this call is fully focussed on advocacy for SRHR for key populations, applications may include certain service delivery activities, if those services generate evidence or models to inform advocacy outcomes. The call does not include large-scale service delivery programmes and available funding for service delivery activities is limited.
 For more information, you are invited to attend the Q&A webinar to be held on 15 November 2022.
 Community-led organisations, groups or collectives, could partner with other community-based organisations, for example HIV and SRHR service providers, SRHR advocacy organisations, academic institutions, other registered community-led organisations that represent different key populations, key populations networks, harm reduction programmes and many others.
 Definition: population facing a high HIV risk, mortality and/or morbidity compared to the general population, and, at the same time, facing systematic human rights violations and barriers to information and services.
Love Alliance includes the following populations: sex workers, people who use drugs, LGBTIQ+ people and (young) people living with HIV.
 For example, by establishing and strengthening strategic partnerships and collaboration to develop, implement and research best practice models of service delivery, advocacy and the integration of community members in the existing systems.
The application processes
The application can be submitted through ARASA online portal:
- Go to the online ARASA Goodgrants platform to start your application. The application can only be submitted through the online form. We will not accept applications via email. It is necessary to create an account first. Once this is done you can work in your application form and save all changes. You can save and come back to your application until you have submitted the application. In total, there are approximately six weeks (8th of November till 16th of December 2022) to complete the online application.
- Provide the details on your organisation and contact person in the online application form.
- Upload documents to show your organisation is eligible. This includes:
- The registration certificate of your organisation or the fiscal hosting organisation;
- The constitution of your organisation or the fiscal hosting organisation;
- Two annual reports (narrative reports of work done) over the last two years 2020 and 2021 (not older than 2020);
- Two audit reports over the last two years (not older than 2020);
- If applicable: an MOU with the consortium members and/or hosting organisation
If you apply for a small grant and you do not have all the required documents, you can upload reference letters from two registered organisations in your country.
- Fill in all the sections of your application. It is important to know that your application is only eligible if:
- The proposal contributes to one or more goals of the Love Alliance, see the Theory of Change in annex 1;
- The proposal addresses the priorities for Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, as outlined in annex 2; The proposed project takes place in Mozambique, South Africa or Zimbabwe.
- The application is submitted in English; The application is complete in the online application form.
- Upload the budgets through the same online application platform in the budget format The proposed budget may include funding for a wide range of national level advocacy activities, organisational capacity building, movement building efforts, core costs and a limited level of service provision (see also Section 2.2).
- Submit your application. This is important because only submitted applications can be reviewed. When you submit your application, you also agree with ARASA Grant application regulations and the due diligence process available on the ARASA website. When you submit the application correctly, you will get an automated email confirming your submission.
All applications received before the closing date of the 16th of December 2022 at 23:59 CAT will be checked by ARASA on the eligibility criteria for proposals and applicants. Applications that are submitted past this deadline will not be considered. Applications that are considered not eligible for further assessment by the Regional Grant Committee will receive notification of this from ARASA in January 2023.
- ARASA informs successful applicants and un-successful applicants in February 2023.
- The first step in the selection process concerns the eligibility check.
- The second step in the selection process is a review by a community committee (participatory grant making). See NB below.
- The final step is a due diligence check before starting the contracting process in February/March 2023.
NB In the interest of transparency the review will assess the following criteria: quality, consistency, track record, budget, completeness of the application. The review will be conducted in a participatory manner and will involving members of the community of LGBTIQ, sex workers and people who use drugs, including people living with HIV and young key populations.
For any questions about this call for proposals or the application form, please contact the Love Alliance Secretariat at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARASA is looking forward to receiving your application to become part of the Love Alliance!
|8th November 2022||Call for proposals is published, and application portal is open|
|21st November 2022||Q&A session|
|16th December 2022
|Deadline for submission of proposals|
|10th-25th January 2023||Eligibility screening|
|February 2023||Review of all eligible proposals|
|Mid-February 2023||Final funding decision shared with applicants|
|February-March 2023||Due diligence and contracting of successful applicants|
|1st April 2023||Start date for projects|