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 demonstrate credibility through independent references, government accreditation (if you have any), and verifiable banking and accounting systems.

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.



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.