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Comic Relief and HIV: Think Afresh and Think Digital Still Open for UK Applications


Comic Relief is still taking applications for unique funding opportunities for projects that look to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV.

Last year Comic Relief launched a new grants strategy, marking a change in how they work with grantees; to be more proactive and agile in their grant making.

Intended to relate to their UK and international work, they based themselves around four support factors which make sure that people who benefitted from their funding would be:

  • Safe - Everyone has the right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and fear.
  • Healthy - Everyone should have access to essential services and support which ensure physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Educated - Everyone is entitled to good quality learning that gives them skills and confidence to face the future with hope.
  • Empowered - Everyone has the confidence, voice and opportunity to lead the lives they choose.

Below are two new initiatives which look to follow on this approach, one that looks to help improve the quality of life for people living with HIV, the looking to increase access to services and information.

Think Digital

Think Digital is one-off funding for UK based organisations that are using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK.

Grants of between £20,000 and £80,000 are available over a period of six to 18 months

Comic Relief is especially interested in hearing from projects which:

  • Improve the quality of life for people living with HIV, particularly those who are 50 years and older.
  • Increase access to services which enable prompt diagnosis of HIV and contribute to HIV prevention.
  • Address misinformation and the stigma surrounding HIV.

Think Afresh

Think Afresh is funding for UK or non-UK organisations working in partnership with local organisations to increase access to quality, youth-friendly services for young people living with HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa.

This unique scheme is offering grants of between £100,000 and £350,000 over a 2-3 year period, which could be used to start new activities based on recognised needs or to improve on existing work that meets the specified requests of the scheme. Applicants can either ask for 100% funding from this initiative, or part funding for proposed activities.

The deadline for both programmes is midday on the 19th May 2017.

For more details and how to apply, visit the Comic Relief website.



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