On Monday August 15th, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched a call for proposals for its 11th round of funding, with the deadline for applications set for December 15th 2011. There are many important new features for Round 11, including:
- Two funding streams for applicants to choose from: a ‘General Funding Pool’, and a ‘Targeted Funding Pool’ for proposals that focus on most-at-risk populations.
- New rules around eligibility and the need to demonstrate “counterpart financing” (whereby a share of the program costs are covered from domestic sources).
- Improved proposal forms and guidance to help applicants.
In the eligible countries, the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) should now be deciding whether or not to apply, and what to include in their proposals. Each CCM must do this through an open process, and includes representatives from governments, civil society, the private sector, and people living with the diseases. You can find the contact details for your local CCM through the relevant country profile page on http://portfolio.theglobalfund.org. Now is the time to engage with your CCM and advocate for the inclusion of harm reduction and people who use drugs in their proposal. To assist and support CCMs and advocates, the Global Fund has also released an updated “Harm Reduction Information Note” – with input from a range of partners including Harm Reduction International. This note is available to download in English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Further details – including proposal forms, eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions, and a list of eligible countries – can be found on the Global Fund Round 11 website: http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/application/. If you have any further questions, you are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.