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Funding for HIV/AIDS community projects is a key component of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada invests in funding at both the national and regional levels.

Funding under the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative is administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Agency also administers community engagement funding.

Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada: National Funding

The Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control is responsible for administering five national HIV/AIDS grants and contributions funding programs under the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. An update on national Invitation to Submit Applications is presented in the chart below.

These funds:

  • Support a national voluntary-sector response that plays a coordinating and leadership role in the response to HIV/AIDS;
  • Help engage in direct, meaningful involvement with people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS;
  • Encourage collaborations and partnerships to address risk factors of the disease and achieve an integrated approach to disease prevention across sectors;
  • Enhance the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to respond to the epidemic;
  • Gather and encourage the exchange of HIV/AIDS information and knowledge;
  • Enable the development of effective, informed and innovative policies and program interventions that are relevant across Canada; and
  • Enhance a broader response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its underlying causes.
National HIV/AIDS Funding Programs


Update on Invitations to
Submit an Application

National Specific Populations HIV/AIDS Initiatives Fund

To prevent HIV infection; increase access to appropriate diagnosis, care, treatment, and support; and increase healthy behaviours amongst Canada's populations most affected by HIV/AIDS and most vulnerable to infection.
Call Closed

National HIV/AIDS Voluntary Sector Response Fund

To facilitate coherent National action which contributes to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other related communicable diseases.
Call Closed

Non-Reserve First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities HIV/AIDS Project Fund

To reduce HIV incidence and to facilitate access to testing, counselling, diagnosis, care, treatment and social support for all Aboriginal People Living with HIV/AIDS (APHAs) and those at risk.
Call Closed

National HIV/AIDS Knowledge Exchange Fund

To strengthen response of front-line organizations involved in the delivery of prevention, diagnosis, care, treatment and support to people living with and at-risk to HIV/AIDS and other related communicable diseases incorporating an active and continuous exchange of knowledge.
Call Closed

For more information on PHAC National HIV/AIDS G&C Funding Programs, please contact:

Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control
Public Health Agency of Canada

Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada: Regional Funding

The Agency's regional offices are responsible for administering the AIDS Community Action Program (ACAP), which supports community-based organizations in delivering HIV/AIDS prevention education, creating supportive environments for those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and increasing the capacity of people living with HIV/AIDS to manage their condition (health promotion).

The Agency maintains a presence in all regions of Canada through six regional offices, and the Northern Secretariat:

AIDS Community Action Program (ACAP)

ACAP Funding:

Other sources of Federal Initiative funding from external organizations

In addition to the HIV/AIDS funding provided through the Agency, there are other sources of Federal Initiative funding available from external organizations. Below is a summary of each organization plus appropriate links.


Current Funding Opportunities
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity supports research and helps build research capacity in the areas of infectious disease and the body's immune system. Through the Institute's programs, researchers address a wide range of health concerns related to infection and immunity, including disease mechanisms, disease prevention and treatment, and health promotion through public policy.
Find out more about CIHR and its Institute of Infection and Immunity.
See CIHR's funding opportunities page for more details.

Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Funding

CHVI Community Engagement Funding

Community involvement has been a hallmark of the Canadian response to HIV/AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic. Since people living with or vulnerable to HIV will be the ones participating in and helping to direct clinical trials – and eventually will be the recipients of vaccines – it is essential that communities understand the scientific concepts and processes that are part of vaccine research and development. They must also be able to contribute their own knowledge and experience to the process. Community involvement is also critical to ensuring that when HIV vaccines become available, they are acceptable and accessible to those who need them the most.

The Policy and Regulatory Issues and Community and Social Dimensions component of the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative will strengthen existing mechanisms to support community involvement in vaccine research clinical trials and activities related to public awareness and education. The CHVI’s community engagement funding will focus on issues related to community knowledge, sharing of best practices, and vaccine awareness and preparation, both in Canada and internationally. >> Possible funding Opportunities for CHVI