How to fundraise is one of the difficulties for most community-based organizations. Most organizations have many ideas but no money to realize these plans. However, in general there is more money than ideas for HIV/AIDS projects. The problem is how to find these funds and generate them for your proposals.There are four main funding streams to be distinguished: (see: http://www.avert.org/aidsmoney.htm):
- Donations from national governments: These donations – straight from one government to another – are often targeted at specific projects and programs;
- The private sector: There are a wide variety of organizations and individuals under the private sector umbrella. Foundations, international NGOs and charities, and individuals donate varying amounts of money to projects in low- and middle-income countries. The money is often given as a grant to specific projects or programs.
- Domestic spending: This is another significant source of HIV funding, and one that has been increasing in recent years as economic growth, good governance and debt relief contribute to the budgets of national governments. Even in severely affected countries, the amount available in the national budget for spending on HIV and AIDS has increased. Domestic spending also includes the money spent by individuals on such things as their own AIDS medication;
- Major multilateral funding organizations: There are 29 United Nations (www.un.org) bodies, all engaged in the global response to HIV. The most important UN-agency working on HIV/AIDS is of course UNAIDS (www.unaids.org). Furthermore The World Bank (www.worldbank.org) issues grants (click here) and loans. The Global Fund (www.theglobalfund.org) also distributes money given to it by national governments and represents a form of multilateral donation.
When searching for funds one must keep in mind that the purpose of the efforts is absolutely clear. Do keep several good proposals in stock until one of the funding organizations makes a call for a grant or proposal. Even when the deadline is near, you can submit your proposal because you already had one available. Don’t forget to fit it according to this specific call.
Furthermore check the various embassies in your country.
Many embassies have a small grants program where amounts around USD 20 000 are available. More often HIV/AIDS projecs by community organizations are eligible. These projects are also an excellent way to get to know an organization. Once a small project works out well some donors are interested in thinking up a bigger one.
All UN-agencies are obliged to make an effort to the global Aids response which makes it interesting to check, especially with the lesser known organizations who may be interested in a joint project.
Finally check the local European Union-agency (www.europeanunion.org) in your country in order to find out if they have grants for HIV/AIDS projects.
Do check websites of various HIV/AIDS organizations on a regular base to find out if they have calls for grants/proposals. Some more information on fundraising can be found on the following websites:
ngomanager: This site gives links to a lot of useful information concerning a guide to fundraising, a guide to proposal writing, a proposal writing short course etc. All guides and courses can be downloaded from this site.
www.aidworkers.net : This site gives fundraising tips for Community Based NGOs in Developing Countries. On this page you will find challenges faced by fundraisers in Community Based NGOs. Furthermore some basic fundraising concepts are explained. It tells you what to do before writing a proposal. Finally it gives a lot of links to other sites for further tips on obtaining funding and how to use funds properly.
sangonet : This site is a development information portal for NGOs in South Africa. However it also provides general online information about resources to assist NGOs with their fundraising activities.
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