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Mini-Grant Funding Announcement Year 3

Mini-Grant Funding Announcement: Year 3, 2018 – 2019

Introduction

As of 2017, there were 3,361 people living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in the County of Santa Clara, with 156 new cases in 2017. The State of California estimates that another 9% of persons with HIV are unaware of their infection. While progress to date has helped decrease the number of new infections and improve the health of those living with HIV, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

In 2016, The Health Trust, in collaboration with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, and key community partners helped launch the Getting to Zero (GTZ) HIV initiative, which was made possible through funding by the County of Santa Clara Board of SupervisorsGetting to Zero Santa Clara County-Silicon Valley operationalized the initiative using collective impact concepts to engage a wide range of stakeholders to identify and develop very specific goals and objectives. The mission of the GTZ Initiative is to meet the goals of zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related deaths, and zero HIV stigma/discrimination through a collaborative, countywide, multi-sector, multidimensional approach. In an effort to help advance its mission, GTZ Santa Clara County-Silicon Valley developed the following four strategies:

  • Guideline-based STD and HIV Testing
  • PrEP and PEP Implementation
  • Initiation of HIV Care and Retention in HIV Care
  • Reduction of Stigma

The GTZ initiative is driving change through a number of efforts, including the establishment of Action Teams responsible for developing and implementing work plans for each strategy listed above. A complimentary and equally important component of the GTZ initiative includes awarding mini-grants totaling $100,000 per year over the course of the project. During this third year of funding, The Health Trust seeks to collaborate with health care providers and non-clinical organizations to advance the GTZ mission by focusing on two of its strategies:

  • Guideline-based STD and HIV Testing
  • PrEP and PEP Implementation

Mini-grants may be used to support health care providers in establishing and/or enhancing system, practice, or infrastructure needs in support of the two aforementioned strategies in clinical settings. Mini-grants to non-clinical organizations may similarly support these two strategies in community-based settings. Non-clinical partners include, but are not limited to clinics, schools, and non-profit organizations. The Health Trust may consider other innovative activities that support the two strategies.

Grant Amount Range and Allowable Expenses

The total grant allocation for this third year of funding is $100,000. Grant requests should not exceed $20,000. Of the $100,000, $50,000 may be awarded to clinical organizations and $50,000 to non-clinical organizations. Grant funds can be used for planning, staffing, materials, supplies, outreach and marketing needs to address the two GTZ strategies.

Key Dates

Application Release Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Application Due Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by 5:00PM
Grant Award Announced: Friday, November 9, 2018
Project Timeframe: November 12, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

  • Projects must directly benefit County of Santa Clara residents.
  • Projects must be completed and all costs incurred by June 30, 2019.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must have an online account created with The Health Trust in order to submit the full proposal. If you do not have an existing account, please click below:

Create an Account

Upon creating an account, click below to access the proposal.

Access the Proposal

For questions related to this funding announcement, please contact Candelario Franco at candelariof@healthtrust.org.

Applications are due on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by 5pm.

Applicant Resources

Funding Announcement PDF

Full Proposal Budget Template

Engaging HIV Prevention Campaign Promoting PrEP Launches in the County of Santa Clara

San Jose, CA — On April 30th, 2018 a new public health campaign launched across the County titled “PrEP is For.” The bilingual campaign funded by the County of Santa Clara urges Latino men who have sex with men to get on PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily pill taken by HIV-negative people to prevent HIV. The campaign is a series of five images, highlighting that PrEP is not just for the people featured in the ads, but for everyone.

“PrEP is an incredibly powerful tool for preventing HIV, and it’s safe and easy to take. By encouraging community members to educate themselves about PrEP and find a provider, PrEP is For shows how everyone can take control of their sexual health,” said Dr. Sarah Lewis, STD/HIV Controller for the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

“Latino men in the County of Santa Clara have one of the highest rates of new HIV infections. Many men who have sex with men are not aware of the resources available to them to get on revolutionary regimens like PrEP right here in the County” said Candelario Franco, Getting to Zero Project Manager. “Removing barriers to prevention is one of the most important components in combating the spread of HIV.”

Ads have rolled out in County of Santa Clara on buses, light rails, transit shelters, restaurants, convenience stores, bars and clubs. Static and video ads are also appearing on popular social networks like Snapchat, Facebook, Scruff, Instagram and YouTube. Collateral will be distributed at community events like Silicon Valley Pride.

All of the materials will point to the campaign websites, PrEPisLiberating.org and PrEPteLibera.org. They provide information ranging from how to talk to a provider to how much PrEP costs, regardless of immigration status, including providers that provide PrEP. “By encouraging community members to educate themselves about PrEP and find a provider, PrEP is For shows how everyone can take control of their sexual health,” said Dr. Sarah Lewis, STD/HIV Controller for the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

PrEP is For is organized by Getting to Zero Santa Clara County-Silicon Valley, a four-year initiative that will strive for Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Deaths related to HIV/AIDS, and Zero HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in the County of Santa Clara. It is a collaborative effort between the County of Santa Clara and community partners, including The Health Trust, with funding provided through the County Public Health Department.

CONTACT:
Candelario Franco
The Health Trust
Candelariof@healthrust.org | 408.513.8736

SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit

May 19th is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

May 19th

May 19th, 2018 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The Bay Area has one of the largest Asian & Pacific Islander communities. Getting to Zero has partnered with Project Ohana in the Bay, a prevention project that focuses on reducing the risk of substance use/misuse, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS in young adults. Project Ohana hosts a series of workshops that are tailored to address stigma and taboos in the API community. Together we encourage you to know your status and get tested.

Learn more about Project Ohana in the Bay at:
www.facebook.com/ProjectOhanaintheBay

Find out more about ational Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at:
banyantreeproject.org

To find HIV/AIDS testing locations visit:
https://www.hiv.gov/locator
https://gettested.cdc.gov

Reducing Stigma Mini-Grant Funding Announcement

 

Introduction

Getting to Zero Santa Clara County seeks to fund a second round of projects to specifically support the reduction of stigma. The reduction of stigma is one of four priorities that are supported under the Getting to Zero mini-grant strategy. In 2016, the Getting to Zero (GTZ) Initiative was launched and made possible with funding provided by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. The initiative aims to have “zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from HIV, and zero stigma related to HIV.” The GTZ Initiative awards one-time mini-grants over the course of the project to promote community agencies’ ability to recognize and respond to the greatest needs impacting individuals at-risk of, or living with HIV.

We seek to partner with community-based organizations, public agencies, clinics, faith-based groups, schools, and other groups to award one-time mini-grants to facilitate two (2) stigma-reduction workshops. Each workshop must include 1) showcasing SiemPrE Por Ti, a four-episode web series that educates the community about PrEP and addresses issue related to HIV/AIDS stigma; and 2) facilitating a discussion guided by the SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit after the viewing.

SiemPrE Por Ti uses a telenovela-style approach that includes archetypes to convey a message of acceptance and celebration among family and friends. The series was produced by Colectivo ALA’s theater ensemble Teatro Alebrijes and funded through the first round of GTZ mini-grants.

The SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit, funded by the County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Supervisor Ken Yeager’s office will provide grantees the proper resources to navigate an array of discussion topics that will arise from the viewings, including issues that may still be considered taboo among Latinxs.

More specifically though this mini-grant, we hope participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of:

  • STI/HIV prevention methods
  • Importance of regular STI/STD testing
  • Access points throughout the County of Santa Clara that provide STI/HIV testing
  • Stigma reduction strategies

Grant Amount and Scope of Work

Grantees will be provided with the necessary resources, including a copy of SiemPrE Por Ti, SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit, and training prior to hosting the two stigma-reduction workshops.

Grant Amount
Grant requests are not to exceed $4,073. Grant funds may support the staffing, supplies, and marketing/outreach efforts needed to facilitate the two (2) workshops.  

Scope of Work

  • Prior to hosting the two stigma-reduction workshops, grantees will be required to attend a “Train the Trainer” (T2T) session. The training session will provide information on how to implement the SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit (the training is ~two hours).
  • Grantees must host two (2) stigma-reduction workshops, that each include:
    • Viewing of SiemPrE Por Ti (there are seven (7) episodes, each are ~10 minutes).
    • Apply SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit in the post-viewing discussion.
    • Disseminate a pre & post survey at each viewing. Survey tool will be provided to grantees.
  • Grant projects must be completed by June 30, 2018.

Key Dates

Application Release Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Application Due Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Grant Award Announced: Friday, April 6, 2018
Project Timeframe: April 9, 2018 – June 30 2018

Proposal Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations or public agencies.
  • Projects must directly benefit residents of Santa Clara County.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must have an online account created with The Health Trust in order to submit the full proposal. If you do not have an existing account, please click below:

Create an Account

Upon creating an account, click below to access the proposal.

Access the Proposal

For questions related to this funding announcement, please contact Candelario Franco at candelariof@healthtrust.org.

Applications are due on Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5pm.

Applicant Resources

Funding Announcement PDF