Robert Carr Fund: Global/Regional Civil Society Network Grants for Human Rights, Access to services, and Resource Accountability

The Robert Carr Fund (RCF) is a unique international pooled funding mechanism that invests in global and regional community-led and civil society networks to sustain and expand the role of inadequately served populations (ISPs) in the HIV response.

RCF has issued its 2024 request for proposals, inviting global and regional civil society networks and consortia of networks led by, and/or serving inadequately served populations (ISPs) to apply for support of their core funding and activity needs for a three-year period (2025-27). RCF aims to further the objectives of the Fund’s Strategic Plan 2025-2030 and recognizes that programming to strengthen social enablers, human rights and gender equality, as well as responses led by communities of ISPs, are complex and require longer-term investments. Therefore, the fund intends in this funding cycle to support continuity, so well-performing existing partners can build on their achievements. At the same time, the fund wishes to encourage applications from new, emerging networks, especially those representing populations and regions that are currently underserved in the fund portfolio.

RCF will prioritize applications by global and/or regional networks and consortia of networks that are aligned with the fund’s Theory of Change and Strategy, which includes the areas of network strength and influence, human rights, access to services, and resource accountability as well as applicants that address underfunded populations and regions.

Regional networks that have existed for more than two years can apply for a three-year grant at an annual minimum of $100,000 and an annual maximum of $350,000. Global networks that have existed for more than two years can apply for a three-year grant at an annual minimum of $100,000 and an annual maximum of $700,000. A consortium of networks can apply for a three-year grant at an annual minimum of $100,000 and an annual maximum of $1 million per year. Emerging regional and/or global networks that have existed for less than two years can apply for a three-year grant at an annual minimum of $50,000 and an annual maximum of $150,000.

To be eligible, applicants must address the health, social inclusion and well-being of ISPs; be a civil society network and/or a consortium of civil society networks; operate regionally and/or globally; be from the civil society sector; and be led by ISPs. Note that RCF prioritizes funding ISP-led applicants. It also recognizes that some ISP groups—such as prisoners, migrants, and children—experience greater challenges to ISP leadership. In these cases, non-ISP led networks are also eligible but must demonstrate meaningful engagement of ISPs in line with their work.