RFP – HST- TRANScend – Seed Grant


Request for Proposal: HST-TRANScend

Seed Grant


Purpose of Consultancy


Seed Grant support under TRANScend


Project Owner


The Humsafar Trust


Starting Date for Submission


5th August, 2022


Last Date of Submission


17th August 2022 (5pm)


About the organisation:

The Humsafar Trust (HST) is a community-based organization (CBO) working on health and human rights of LGBTQ since 1994. Through targeted HIV interventions, we currently reach out to 7500 Gay identified, Men Having Sex with Men (MSM) and TG/Hijra communities in Mumbai every year through its outreach work on physical sites, and over 9000 users through social media and online programs. We undertake advocacy activities focused on LGBTQ rights, including sensitization and awareness of employers, educational institutes, law enforcement agencies, and government bodies, staging and reading of LGBTQ themed plays, organizing activities, and mobilizing the community around LGBTQ-focused events like Pride marches, International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and World AIDS Day. We build capacities of Community Based Organizations in 27 Indian states on HIV prevention, treatment, care & support, and advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Kindly refer to the website https://humsafar.org/ for more details about the organisation.


Represent the responsibleness of LGBTQIA+ community towards society. Benefit directly or indirectly to Transgender People. Address issues of TG community and advocacy related to issues of community.

The TRANScend project:
TRANScend is an initiative by The Humsafar Trust which aims to enhance socio- economic inclusion of transgender persons in India. TRANScend, as an initiative, is committed to encouraging greater community ownership, facilitating partnerships between the community and various stakeholders like corporates, educational institutes, judiciary, bureaucrats and providing a platform for addressing the ever- evolving needs of the transgender community through ongoing research and intervention. This project focuses on enhancing economic resilience of transgender persons in India.

Priority Areas:
There should focus on one or more of these following areas that would benefit the Transgender community
• Advocacy activities with different stakeholders to address challenges faced by the transgender and other mrginalized communities due to COVID-19 pandemic.
• Advocating with the government as well as reaching out to target population for accessing public schemes and service, including food security through public distribution system.
• Re-building activities for communities worst affected by COVID-19, including but not limited to livelihoods, skilling, organizational development, financial literacy, and planning.
• Creating IEC material (print-based, audio-visual) on creating awareness related to COVID-19 and its impact on the transgender and other mrginalized communities.
• Any other event which aims to address the socio-economic needs of the transgender community.
• Using visual art medium to share the stories of pertaining to transgender and other mrginalized communities.
• Any other topic which shows the responsibleness of community towards society.

Deliverables: The activities should be implemented within September 2022 to December 2022. 50% will be paid as advance and 50% will be paid on submission of the programmatic reports and bills. Any activity and expenses will not be allowed after the mention period.

Eligibility to apply:

This one-time grant will be open for registered CBOs, informal community initiatives/groups or leaders. The applicant has to submit a one-page proposal mentioning the background and need for the project, proposed activities, budget for the activity and means to measure success/outcome. Innovative activities/ideas that aim towards addressing the most pressing needs of the transgender and help towards sustainability of community-led organizations will be given preference.

The soft copy of the proposal forms & budget should be submitted to seedgrant@humsafar.org before 17th August 2022 by 5 PM.

In case of any query, you can write to: neeraj@humsafar.org