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Fight to beat HIV in local communities in the most innovative ways

Staying Alive has...

$5 Million
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Grants
66
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OUR GRANTS
Since 2005, we’ve been giving out small sums of money to young people we believe in, trust, and are genuinely inspired by. They have one thing in common: they’re fighting to beat HIV in their local communities in the most innovative ways.
A Staying Alive Foundation Grant comes with a small amount of funding, Staying Alive materials (including programming and teaching kits), a small fund to buy technical media equipment, a local mentor, a personal grant manager, as well as training and development.
We support organisations led by young people between the ages of 15 and 27 that work in HIV prevention. We’re interested in organisations that are start-ups and do not have much support, financial or otherwise. We are much more likely to fund an organisation that has little or no existing funding to date, rather than those with several funders on board.

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Criteria

YES
Grants will be awarded to small, youth-led organisations that:
  1. Are entirely led by young people under the age of 27
  2. Are community-based, grassroots organisations
  3. Educate and/or give out responsible and accurate information about HIV and AIDS targeted at young people in their communities
  4. Eliminate or alleviate the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS
  5. Encourage young people to take concrete action to protect themselves from HIV infection
  6. Demonstrate innovation and creativity in their activities
  7. Reflect and honour the culture in which the project operates
All Staying Alive Foundation grant applicants must agree to allow the Staying Alive Foundation and MTV to promote and publicise their projects. We will use compelling grantee stories to inspire other young people.
NO
We will not fund:
  1. Organisations that work with young people but which are not led entirely by young people
  2. Scholarships or college fees
  3. Doctoral or other research
  4. Projects that discriminate against people because of religion, sex, race, disability or sexual orientation
  5. Projects that focus only on abstinence as a means of controlling the spread of HIV
  6. Projects with budgets that primarily reflect a focus on capital expenditure, eg erecting buildings, creating physical infrastructure (schools, orphanages, community centres, etc) or purchasing of major equipment (such as vehicles
  7. Projects with a primary focus on delivering health care, shelter, food security or other non-education focused development initiatives

FAQs

What is a Staying Alive Foundation (SAF) grant?
A Staying Alive Foundation grant comes with a financial grant of up to $12,000 per year, Staying Alive materials (including MTV Staying Alive programming and teaching kits), a small fund to buy technical media equipment, a local mentor, a personal grant manager as well as training and development.
Which geographical area does the SAF support projects in?
We support and encourage projects from anywhere in the world.
What kind of organisations can apply to the Staying Alive Foundation?
The SAF supports youth-led organisations (led by young people between the ages of 15 and 27) that work in the field of HIV prevention. If you apply as an informal group (not registered as an NGO), you should have the support of an associate organisation as we will not deposit funds into an individual’s account.
We seek to support organisations that are start-ups and do not have much support, financial or otherwise. We are much more likely to fund an organisation that has little or no existing funding to date, rather than those who already have several funders on board.
How much should we apply for?
It varies from project to project. The maximum you can apply for is a grant of US$12,000.

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