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All AFC grants are limited to not-for-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) entities that serve Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA. Organizations and individuals without 501(c)(3) status may apply for funds with the support of another 501(c)(3)-designated entity agreeing to serve as fiscal sponsor.

Discretionary Grants *

Discretionary grantmaking through the AFC is designed to provide a supplemental funding opportunity for a short-term or one-time HIV/AIDS-related need in the community. Each request is limited to $5,000. Additional information can be found in our discretionary grant policy. Applications are reviewed by AFC staff and approved by the AFC Advisory Committee Chair. The discretionary grant policy with application guidance can be found here or below under Forms.

*Please note that our discretionary grant pool has been fully allocated for 2022.

Catalyst Grants

Catalyst grants support intensive community-centered work through mid-range grants for HIV-focused community organizing, pilot projects, and selected trainings and events in specific neighborhoods and networks that face the highest rates of HIV. Preference will be given to organizations that the AFC has not previously funded with responsive or targeted grants. These grants range between $5,000 to $20,000 and will be allocated on a rolling basis throughout the year. The catalyst grant policy with application guidance can be found here or below under Forms.

Responsive Grants

Responsive grants are made through an annual Request for Applications (RFA) based on a set of funding priorities intended to fill gaps and build capacity in the community. The annual RFA is released during the 2nd quarter of the year with 1-year grant awards beginning on October 1st.

The full 2022 Responsive Grants Request for Applications (RFA) can be found by clicking here, and all accompanying documents and forms can be found below under Forms. The 2022 funding priority areas include:

  • HIV care and support services, including those aligned with Ryan White categories;
  • HIV prevention services, especially harm reduction and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and
  • Community-led and neighborhood-based HIV programming focused on ZIP codes and networks in greatest need

Targeted Grants *

Targeted grants are strategic, often multi-year partnerships with the community and are made on a rolling basis. As needs are identified, the AFC invites agencies to submit a proposal, which is subject to review by the full AFC Advisory Committee. Targeted grants have historically ranged from $5,000 to $100,000.

* Mpox Vaccine Uptake Initiative: a funding opportunity to provide mini-grant funding to build the HIV community’s capacity to promote mpox (monkeypox) vaccine awareness, confidence, and access amongst people living with HIV. Applicant agencies must not currently be funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Organizations who intend to promote mpox vaccine uptake at the local level in sexual & social networks and neighborhoods where mpox rates are high and vaccination rates remain lower than those of the surrounding area are encouraged to apply via this Google form or using the application below.


Following are commonly used application forms and guidance: