Abi Ogunmwonyi|09.05.2018|Projects

MTV Staying Alive has been wonderfully supported by the Dallas community through our annual art auction, MTV RE:DEFINE.  Now it’s time for us to give back to Dallas

Since 2005, we’ve been giving out small sums of money to young people we believe in, trust, and are genuinely inspired by. They have one thing in common: they’re fighting to beat HIV in their local communities in the most innovative ways.

Since 2011, MTV Staying Alive has been wonderfully supported by the Dallas community through our annual art auction, MTV RE:DEFINE.  Now it’s time for us to give back to Dallas, and so, with the support of Merrill Lynch Private Bank in Dallas, we’re opening up a special request for Proposals aimed at young people working within HIV prevention in North Texas, USA.

An MTV Staying Alive Foundation Grant comes with a small amount of funding (up to $12,000/year), Staying Alive training materials (including copies of MTV Shuga and training guides), a small fund to buy technical media equipment, a personal grant manager, as well as training and development.

We support organisations led by young people between the ages of 15 and 27 that work in HIV prevention. We’re interested in organisations that are start-ups and do not have much support, financial or otherwise. We are much more likely to fund an organisation that has little or no existing funding to date, rather than those with several funders on board.

Georgia Arnold, Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation said, “It’s thanks to MTV :REDEFINE and the incredible Dallas community that MTV Staying Alive can continue supporting these grassroots youth-led organisations that work in the field of HIV prevention.  Because of Merrill Lynch Private Bank in Dallas’ grant, we’re able to invest some of the money raised this evening back into the local community, which means that we can work locally to have impact, in parallel with our work around the world. We’re thrilled that Merrill Lynch Private Bank in Dallas and MTV RE:DEFINE have made this possible”.

CRITERIA:

We are looking to award a grant to a project that:

  1. Are entirely led by young people under the age of 29
  2. Are community-based, grassroots organisations
  3. Educate and/or give out responsible and accurate information about HIV and AIDS targeted at young people in their communities
  4. Eliminate or alleviate the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS
  5. Encourage young people to take concrete action to protect themselves from HIV infection
  6. Demonstrate innovation and creativity in their activities
  7. Reflect and honour the culture in which the project operates
  8. We are particularly, but not exclusively, looking to fund organisations who work with key at risk populations, including LGBTQI+, adolescent girls, sex workers, prisoners and injecting drug users.

MTV Staying Alive supports youth-led organisations that work in the field of HIV prevention.  If you apply as an informal group (ie not registered as an NGO) you would need to have the support of an associate organisation, as we’re unable to deposit funds into an individual account.

We’re unable to fund:

  1. Organisations that work with young people but which are not led entirely by young people
  2. Scholarships or college fees
  3. Doctoral or other research
  4. Projects that discriminate against people because of religion, sex, race, disability or sexual orientation
  5. Projects that focus only on abstinence as a means of controlling the spread of HIV
  6. Projects with budgets that primarily reflect a focus on capital expenditure, eg erecting buildings, creating physical infrastructure (schools, orphanages, community centres, etc) or purchasing of major equipment (such as vehicles
  7. Projects with a primary focus on delivering health care, shelter, food security or other non-education focused development initiatives

For information on our grants process or to apply for a grant, please contact hello@mtvstayingalive.org with the subject title ‘Dallas grant’. The deadline for applying is Monday 11th June 2018.

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