FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding
Can groups apply for funding that are not registered nongovernmental organisations in their countries?
Can I apply for core funding?
I am starting a new group in my community. Can I still apply?
How did HYLF choose the focus region for each grant cycle?
How does HYLF support grantees during the grant cycle?

About HYLF
How does HYLF define youth-led?
Why are you focusing on young people living with HIV and most-at-risk young people?
How do you define most-at-risk young people and young people most-affected by HIV?
How does HYLF share the knowledge gained by grantees with the global HIV response?
Who are your partners?

______________________________

Funding
Can groups apply for funding that are not registered nongovernmental organisations in their countries?
Yes. Groups can apply for funding even if they are not registered organisations. Non-registered groups applying for funding must identify a fiscal sponsor if they are selected. Click here for more information about fiscal sponsorship.

Can I apply for core funding?
Yes. HYLF recognizes the difficulties many youth-let organisations have securing core support and aims to fill this gap. If you are an existing youth-led organisation and you need funding to carry out your mission and ongoing programs, you can apply for core funding.

I am starting a new group or project in my community. Can I still apply?
Yes. Fifty percent of HYLF’s grants go to new initiatives, and 50 percent to effective existing initiatives.

How did HYLF choose the focus region for each grant cycle?
The HYLF Steering Committee identified regions that are underfunded in the response to HIV and where young people continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and are not adequately reached through existing services. In each of these regions, specific key affected populations of youth have been identified and funding is exclusively directed to programs addressing this need.

How does HYLF support grantees during the grant cycle?
HYLF grantees receive technical assistance through a Grantee Training at the beginning of their grant cycle, and through HYLF partner organisations depending on grantee need. HYLF also provides mentorship through a Peer Support Program (PSP).

About HYLF
How does the HIV Young Leaders Fund define youth-led?
HYLF defines youth-led as an organisation or project that is coordinated and governed by young people aged 30 years or younger.

Why are you focusing on young people living with HIV and most-at-risk young people?
Extensive research documents that most-at-risk young people and young people living with HIV are hard to reach through existing HIV services. Little funding is currently provided for services specifically for young people most-at-risk in their communities and young people living with HIV. Before creating its funding priorities, HIV Young Leaders Fund conducted a survey among youth HIV activists on the biggest unmet needs they saw in their work. Overwhelmingly, respondents said that young people most-at-risk of HIV and young people living with HIV were not visible as leaders in their communities and that existing programs did not meet their needs.

How do you define most-at-risk young people and young people most-affected by HIV?
The HIV Young Leaders Fund recognizes the diversity of young people. Which young people are most-at-risk of HIV infection differs country-by-country and community-by-community. We define most-at-risk as young people who are more vulnerable to HIV than their peers. Depending on the local context, this could mean young men who have sex with men, young sex workers, young women, young people who use drugs, young transgenders, and/or young people living with HIV. Most-affected refers to communities who are at-risk for HIV transmission, and people living with HIV.

How does HYLF share the knowledge gained by grantees with the global HIV response?
HYLF works with partners on various advocacy campaigns at key regional and global events as well as advocates within the community of funders for increased support for effective youth-led and youth-serving programs which meet the needs of young key affected populations.

Who are your partners?
A Steering Committee governs HIV Young Leaders Fund. Organisations on this body are:

Association of Positive Youths Living with HIV in Nigeria
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV
Global Network of Sex Work Projects
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS
Global Network of People Living with HIV
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition
Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network
World AIDS Campaign
Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Y-PEER and
Youth R.I.S.E