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Grants to New York Nonprofits and IHE Legal Clinics for Legal Services to Persons Affected by HIV/AIDS

Legal Services for Individuals and Families to Support Continuity in HIV Care


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Funding Source
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute (NYSDOH AI) - Division of HIV and Hepatitis Health Care - Bureau of Community Support Services and Health Research, Inc. (HRI)
Funding or PIN Number: Grants Gateway ID: DOH01-LEGHIV-2021
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/29/21 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit community-based organizations and IHE legal clinics to provide legal services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Nonprofit organizations must be prequalified before application submission. Services to be funded include assessment of legal needs, preparation of wills, addressing of custody issues, and assistance to transgender people.

The intent of this RFA is to provide funding for comprehensive legal services that include counsel and advice on matters such as consumer/finance, education, employment, family, health, housing, income maintenance, individual rights and benefits. Services will include an additional focus on family law issues such as future care and custody, adoption, guardianship, and foster care for dependent children. A comprehensive integrated approach encourages collaborative relationships with medical providers and community-based organizations including those oriented for family services to address barriers to accessing benefits and services that support health and wellness for PLWH and families. All services will focus on proactive identification of legal needs in addition to emergency legal needs such as loss of housing, neglect, or loss of public benefits. Psychosocial support services for families affected by HIV are required on-site, through subcontract, or through a documented Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assist with the process for the placement and care of dependent children. Additionally, funded applicants are required to provide community outreach, technical assistance and education on legal and psychosocial support services for HIV-affected individuals and families and community-based health and human service providers.

The services to be funded through this RFA support the NYSDOH AI commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic by reinforcing the priorities of increasing access to and engagement in HIV medical care and treatment to support and sustain viral suppression among PLWH.

Programs funded through this RFA must provide services as described below and in accordance with Attachment 2 - Legal Services RFA Work Plan.

  1. Comprehensive Legal Services for Individuals and Families Living with HIV/AIDS
  2. Psychosocial Support Services for HIV-affected Families

For more information on these services, see page 7 of the Grant Opportunity PDF in Supporting Documents, below. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
- Applicant must be prequalified in the New York State Grants Gateway, if not exempt, on the date applications are due;
- Applicant must be a not-for-profit 501c (3) community-based organization that provides legal services or not-for-profit academic institution that provides legal services through a law school clinic;
- Applicant must have at least three (3) years of experience providing comprehensive legal services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and affected families;
- Applications must provide comprehensive services as defined in Section III.A.1 of this RFA. Applications that center on a single legal issue will not be funded;
- Applicant must be located in the region in which they are applying; and
- Applicant must submit Attachment 1 - Statement of Assurances signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Designee to certify the organization meets all criteria listed in the Attachment.

Pre-Proposal Conference

Pre-Application Information
Release Date: March 4, 2021
Questions Due: March 18, 2021 by 4:00 PM
Questions, Answers, and Updates Posted (on or about): April 1, 2021
Applications due: April 29, 2021 by 4:00 PM

Applications must be submitted online via the Grants Gateway by the date and time posted.

Applicants may submit no more than one (1) application in response to this RFA.

Prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time.

The Grants Gateway will always notify applicants of successful submission. If a prospective grantee does not get a successful submission message assigning their application a unique ID number, it has not successfully submitted an application.

Not-for-profit applicants must be prequalified on the due date for this application submission. Be sure to maintain prequalification status between funding opportunities. Three of a not-for-profit’s essential financial documents - the IRS990, Financial Statement and Charities Bureau filing - expire on an annual basis. If these documents are allowed to expire, the not-for-profit’s prequalification status expires as well, and it will not be eligible for State grant funding until its documentation is updated and approved, and prequalified status is reinstated.

Only individuals with the roles “Grantee Contract Signatory” or “Grantee System Administrator” can submit an application.

Applicants are requested to select their primary region of service on the cover page of the application. The primary region of service for the application should be based on the location where the largest number of clients is served. This does not preclude an applicant from proposing to serve one or more counties outside a defined service region. If an applicant fails to indicate a primary service region, it will be assigned a primary service region based on the location where the largest number of clients is proposed to be served.

Application Instructions:

Additional information:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Annual awards will not exceed $288,300 for the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City regions and $196,113 for the Central New York, Finger Lakes, Northeastern New York, and Western New York regions.

Term of Contract
Anticipated Initial Contract Length: 5 years.

It is expected that NYS contracts resulting from this RFA will have the following multi-year time period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2026. Continued funding throughout this period is contingent upon availability of funding and state budget appropriations.

HRI funded contracts resulting from this RFA will be for 12-month terms. The anticipated start date of HRI contracts is January 1, 2022. However, depending on the funding source, the initial contract term could be for a shorter time period. HRI awards may be renewed for up to four (4) additional annual contract periods based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Contact Information
Grants Gateway:

Deborah Hanna, MPH
Initiative Director
New York State Department of Health/AIDS Institute
Bureau of Community Support Services

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