Last Mile Funding

Communities are at the forefront of the global HIV and AIDS response. Many of the key innovations, breakthroughs and progress on the ground would not have happened without the involvement of communities. Nearly forty years into the pandemic, community responses are still leading the way, helping to ensure that available resources are used most effectively and that the most affected groups are not left behind.

Despite this, funding for community action remains sporadic, limited, and hampered by a number of structural and contextual challenges.

  • Political and legal barriers
  • Closing spaces for civil society
  • Complex demands placed on community based organizations (CBOs) to access funding, including legal status, complex financial management and onerous reporting
  • Unwillingness to fund core operating expenses and advocacy
  • Vital rapid response or crisis funding is hard to plan and quantify

Driven by FCAA’s working group on community based organizations, FCAA commissioned a research report and data initiative to help identify both best practices in funding community, as well as to establish a baseline to measure HIV-related philanthropic support for civil society organizations. Below you can download the full research report, executive summary, and data infographic.

Watch this video discussing best practices and themes from the Last Mile Funding report.