CLEVELAND, OH – With the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in Greater Cleveland, today the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) is releasing information about a new category of grants called catalyst grants.
The AFC awards grants, both large and small, in a variety of different categories including: annual community responsive grants, small discretionary grants for sponsorships or short-term projects, grants by invitation that are targeted to urgent or unmet needs, and now a new category of mid-range grants called catalyst grants, designed to support innovative and intensive HIV-related efforts in specific neighborhoods and networks that face the highest rates of HIV.
To end the epidemic, the HIV response in Greater Cleveland needs to help people who are at highest risk of HIV to know their status and prevent infection, as well as engage people who are as-yet undiagnosed or not in regular care to ensure that they access and benefit from the services that they need.
Community Catalyst grantmaking through the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) supports intensive community-centered work through grants designed to support community organizing, pilot projects, and selected trainings and events. Catalyst grant funds are available to not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) agencies and governmental organizations in Cuyahoga County. Preference will be given to organizations that the AFC has not previously funded with responsive or targeted grants. These grants will be allocated on a rolling basis throughout the year.