In many countries lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and men who have sex with men (MSM) experience higher rates of HIV infection and poorer access to HIV services because of stigma, discrimination and the threat of violence. The Rapid Response Fund provides funding when a rapid intervention is necessary to address barriers preventing LGBT people and MSM from accessing HIV services.

The fund is available to civil society organisations that are LGBT led, or that work closely with LGBT people and MSM, in 29 countries where these communities are at high risk of experiencing human rights violations. 

Grants of up to a maximum of US$20,000 are available for interventions that respond to situations or events that threaten the health and safety of LGBT people and MSM or their access to HIV services.


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