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Current Funding Opportunity:  


The AFC has a Special Request for Applications for mini-grants to support those interested in attending the National Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit, December 4-5, 2017, in New Orleans, LA.  This funding opportunity is open to agencies that serve or engage in work that impacts a population affected by HIV/AIDS.  Application details are in the RFA and the application form may be found here.  Applications are due by Noon on Friday, September 29, 2017 to AFC Program Coordinator, Lindsay Marcus 

Visit this website (insert link to for more information on the National Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit.  

To submit an application or for questions, contact AFC Program Coordinator, Lindsay Marcus at or 216-781-2944, x413.

The AFC 2017–2018 Request for Applications (RFA) is now closed. For agencies invited to submit a full proposal, the submission deadline is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Noon. The Proposal Cover Sheet and Proposal Budget Form are available for downloading.

The funding priorities for this RFA reflect the AFC’s strategic plan for 2016–2018, are: 1) capacity building; 2) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); 3) post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); and 4) harm reduction. AFC funding opportunities are open to agencies that serve or engage in work that impacts a population affected by HIV/AIDS.  

The full RFA Responsive Grant Review Criteria are available here for downloading.  

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Grantmaking Overview

2016-2017 Community Responsive Grants

In May, the AFC released its annual Request for Applications (RFA) for its 2016–2017 responsive funding cycle. The funding priorities for this RFA were: 1) harm reduction; 2) capacity building; 3) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and 4) post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Responsive Grantees!

  • LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland:  Prevention Educator, $60,000
  • Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center:  Finance Department Strengthening, $45,000
  • Ursuline Piazza:  Strengthening Ursuline Piazza, $46,240

The AFC aims to fill funding gaps, address unmet and emerging funding needs, and remain flexible and responsive to the community in its grantmaking. Our grantmaking strategies include: 1) availability of discretionary grants, not to exceed $5,000, for short-term or one-time HIV/AIDS-related needs in the community that are not supported by other community HIV funds; 2) targeted grantmaking, which enables the AFC to respond in a timely manner to emerging needs by inviting agencies to submit a proposal to address specific populations or areas of unmet need as they are identified by the AFC or other community organizations; 3) strategic community responsive grants awarded to applicants responding to the annual request for proposals issued by the AFC and focused on targeted priority areas; and 4) strategic community responsive grantmaking, awarded to applicants responding to requests for proposals issued by the AFC and focused on targeted priority areas. The unifying theme is that these approaches are aimed at building community capacity and adding value to the community’s collective effort to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic by filling gaps that other more restricted funding streams in the community cannot. 

To date, the AFC has leveraged and invested over $9.5 million to support HIV/AIDS-related services, activities, and prevention efforts in the Greater Cleveland region. Grants have ranged in size from less than $200 to more than $100,000.

Discretionary Grant and Sponsorship Policy: Discretionary grantmaking through the AFC is designed to provide supplemental funding opportunities for a variety of short-term or one-time HIV/AIDS-related needs in the community that are not supported by other community HIV funds. Each request is limited to $5,000 and the AFC limits its total discretionary grantmaking to $25,000 per calendar year. The AFC's discretionary grant and sponsorship policy outlines the intended purpose of its discretionary grantmaking and the process for applying. Discretionary grant funds for HIV-related activities are available only to not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) agencies and governmental organizations in Northeast Ohio.  Individuals and organizations without 510(c)(3) status applying for discretionary grant funds must be sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization that agrees to serve as fiscal agent for the grant funds. Recent Discretionary Grant recipients include: 

  • Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, Safe Zone Training & Annual Conference on Social Work in HIV/AIDS Care
  • Philanthropy Ohio, Annual Membership
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, Film Sponsorship, "Desert Migration"

Targeted Grants:  As part of the AFC's commitment to become even more strategic and timely with its grantmaking, we began a program of targeted grantmaking in the summer of 2005. With targeted grantmaking, the AFC invites agencies to submit proposals addressing priority areas as they are identified by the AFC or other community organizations. Although these proposals are invited by the AFC, they are subject to the same review and decision-making process laid out in the AFC's bylaws. Recent Targeted Grant Recipients include:

  • The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, to support their syringe exchange program.
  • YWCA, to support A Place for Me, an initiative to end youth homelessness, to create a uniform assessment process among youth serving organizations to identify homeless and unstably housed youth and determined the best models for youth crisis housing development in Cuyahoga County.
  • Ursuline Piazza, to support a pilot of Peer UP, a program to empower people living with HIV to provide support services to their peers.

AIDS United:  Because the AFC is one of approximately 15 Community Partnerships of AIDS United, opportunities to apply for HIV-related grants administered by AIDS United are available periodically to agencies in our community. We will post information on this site about funding opportunities available through the AFC's affiliation with AIDS United ( as such opportunities arise.