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High Impact Prevention within Communities of Color

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies for HIV,
HCV, and STD Prevention in Minority Communities

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State

Funding Source:

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New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute (NYSDOH AI), Division of HIV/STD/ HCV Prevention, Bureau of Community Based Services (BCBS), Bureau of Special Populations and Health Research Inc. (HRI)

LOI Date:

03/18/18

Deadline Date:

03/20/18 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies for community-based HIV, HCV, and STD-related services within identified minority communities. Nonprofit applicants must prequalify in the online grants system prior to applying. This program supports comprehensive prevention and related services for priority populations impacted by HIV/STD/HCV within Communities of Color. Prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time.

The purpose of this funding is to identify service providers to develop and/or enhance comprehensive HIV/STD/HCV programs through implementation of high impact prevention strategies and innovative interventions for HIV positive and HIV negative individuals in specific high prevalence neighborhoods/regions within communities of color.

This RFA contains six (6) Components.

The primary goals of this RFA are to:
-Prevent new HIV/STD/HCV infections;
-Increase HIV/STD/HCV testing and screening services so that an increased number of people of color know their HIV/STD/HCV status;
-Identify HIV/STD/HCV infected individuals and ensure access to early, high-quality medical care and prevention services;
-Increase access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and risk reduction services;
-Facilitate access to prevention services including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post‐Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP); and
-Facilitate access to essential supportive services.

Background:

On June 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo detailed a three-point plan to move us closer to the end of the AIDS Epidemic in New York State (NYS). The goal of the plan is to reduce the number of new HIV infections to just 750 (from an estimated 3,000) by the end of 2020 and achieve the first ever decrease in HIV prevalence in NYS.

The three-point plan includes:
1. Identifying persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and linking them to health care;
2. Linking and retaining persons diagnosed with HIV to health care and getting them on anti-HIV therapy to maximize HIV virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission; and
3. Providing access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk persons to keep them HIV negative.

The Ending the Epidemic Blueprint was publicly released on April 29, 2015. This document provides recommendations to support the implementation of the three-point plan. The RFA specifically addresses BP#(s):

-BP2 - Expand targeted testing;
-BP4 - Improve referral and engagement;
-BP5 - Continuously act to monitor and improve rates of viral suppression;
-BP8 - Enhance and streamline services to support the non-medical needs of all persons with HIV;
-BP11 - Undertake a statewide education campaign on PrEP and PEP;
-BP13 - Create a coordinated statewide mechanism for persons to access PrEP and PEP and prevention focused care;
-BP18 - Health, housing, and human rights for LGBT communities:
-BP19 - Institute an integrated comprehensive approach to transgender health care and human rights;
-BP22 - Access to care for residents of rural, suburban and other areas of the state; BP23: Promote comprehensive sexual health education;
BP25: Treatment as prevention information and anti-stigma media campaign; and BP29 - Expand and enhance the use of data to track and report progress.

Furthermore, as of September 2017 the NYSDOH was the first state health department to sign onto the Prevention Access Campaign Consensus statement that the risk of sexual transmission of HIV from a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load is negligible. More specifically, there is now evidence-based confirmation that the risk of HIV transmission from a person living with HIV who is on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), and has achieved an undetectable viral load in their blood for at least 6 months, is negligible (negligible is defined as: so small or unimportant as to be not worth considering; insignificant. These developments address the concept of Treatment as Prevention (TasP), referred to as Undetectable=Untransmittable, or U=U. The evidence affirming TasP provides another pillar in progress toward ending the epidemic by the end of 2020.

Other relevant resources are the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the New York State Prevention Agenda. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy is a five-year plan that details principles, priorities and actions to guide the collective national response to the HIV epidemic. The New York State Prevention Agenda is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas and to reduce health disparities for racial, ethnic, disability and low socioeconomic groups, as well as other populations who experience them.

Available Funding and Awards:

Component A - Comprehensive HIV/STD/HCV Prevention and Related Services for Men and HIV Positive Men within Communities of Color

Approximately $3,200,000 in State and HRI funding is available annually to support programs that provide a comprehensive range of HIV/STD/HCV prevention interventions and related services to men and HIV positive men within communities of color. Funding will support the provision of Client Recruitment/Engagement; HIV Prevention Community Collaboration; Condom Promotion, Education, and Distribution; direct provision of HIV Testing; direct provision of, or documented referral to STD and HCV Screening; Linkage and Navigation Services; and delivery of a High Impact Prevention Public Health Strategy, Evidence Based Behavioral Intervention (EBI) and/or Locally Developed Intervention; or formalized PrEP Support programs.

Component B - Comprehensive HIV/STD/HCV Prevention and Services for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Individuals particularly in Communities of Color

Approximately $1,450,000 in State funding is available annually to support programs funded through Component B that provide a comprehensive range of HIV/STD/HCV prevention and related services for TGNC individuals and HIV positive TGNC individuals particularly in communities of color. Funding will support the provision of Client Recruitment/Engagement; HIV Prevention Community Collaboration; Condom Promotion, Education and Distribution; direct provision of HIV Testing; direct provision of, or documented referral to STD and HCV Screening; Linkage and Navigation Services; delivery of prevention/supportive interventions; Evidence Based Behavioral Interventions (EBI) and/or Locally Developed Interventions; or formalized PrEP Support programs.

Component C - Comprehensive HIV/STD/HCV Prevention and Related Services for Women and Young Women within Communities of Color

Approximately $2,075,000 in State funding is available annually to support programs that provide a comprehensive range of HIV/STD/HCV prevention interventions and related services for women and young women within communities of color. Funding will support the provision of Client Recruitment/Engagement; HIV Prevention Community Collaboration; Condom Promotion, Education, and Distribution; direct provision of HIV Testing; direct provision of, or documented referral to, STD and HCV Screening; Linkage and Navigation Services; and delivery of High Impact Prevention Public Health Strategies, Evidence Based Behavioral Interventions (EBI), and/or Locally Developed Interventions; or formalized PrEP Support programs.

Component D - NYS Hotline Services and Social Media Based Outreach for English and Spanish Speakers

Approximately $269,000 in State funding is available annually to support one (1) agency to provide a statewide HIV/STD/HCV Hotline and conduct Social Media Based Outreach for English and Spanish speakers. Funding will support the operation of a telephone hotline and social media presence to provide information, referrals, and support services to residents of NYS.

Component E - Training and Technical Assistance on HIV-Related Violence Targeting LGBT Individuals

Approximately $125,000 in State funding is available annually to support one (1) agency to provide training and technical assistance on HIV-related violence for LGBT individuals. Activities funded under this Component will support the provision of services that address the intersection of HIV/AIDS and HIV-related violence impacting the lives of infected and affected LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT individuals of color. Funding will support recruitment and engagement of LGBT individuals into violence and post-victimization related services/interventions; provision of community education to raise awareness around the various forms of violence experienced by LGBT individuals; facilitate navigation to crisis intervention and support services for LGBT victims of hate, assault and sexual intimate partner violence; linkage and navigation services; provider education and training on the provision of culturally competent/sensitive services to LGBT populations; and provider education and training on the provision of competent post-victimization services for LGBT individuals who have experienced violence.

Component F - Capacity Building for High Impact Prevention

Approximately $400,000 in State funding is available annually to support two (2) awards of $200,000 each. Funding will support two (2) Training/Technical Assistance meetings to promote the health and wellness of the priority population, as defined below. These Training/Technical Assistance meetings will engage all sectors in a community-wide effort to discuss innovative approaches to address health, social, and environmental issues that intersect with HIV prevention and care and impact the priority population including health equity; the role of social justice in ending the HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) epidemics; core-competencies of HIV programming (e.g., PEP and PrEP access); data and policy; and program sustainability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183083

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,519,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding under each component will be allocated as stated in the charts found within the RFA.

-Component A: Annual awards will not exceed $200,000.

-Component B: Annual awards will not exceed $150,000 for all areas of the State, except for NYC Multi-borough which has a maximum annual award of $200,000.

-Component C: Annual awards will not exceed $175,000 for all areas of the State, except for Hudson Valley counties, Long Island, and NYC boroughs which have a maximum annual award of $200,000.

-Component D: The annual award will not exceed $269,000.

-Component E: The annual award will not exceed $125,000.

-Component F: Annual awards will not exceed $200,000.

Term of Contract:

It is expected that NYS contracts resulting from this RFA will have the following multi-year time period: December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2023. Continued funding throughout this period is contingent upon availability of funding and state budget appropriations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum Eligibility Requirements - All Components:

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;
-Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, including community based organizations, tribal organizations, counties and government entities providing human services proposing to serve one of the regions listed in this application; or an Article 28 licensed facility proposing to serve one of the regions; and
-Applicant has submitted Attachment 1 - Statement of Assurances signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Designee to certify the organization meets all criteria listed on Attachment 1.

Additional Minimum Eligibility Requirements - Component D Only:
-Hotline services and social media based outreach activities must be made available in English and Spanish; and
-Offer a minimum of 40 hours of hotline and social media activities per week.

Preference Factors:

Component A - Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following:
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience engaging HIV positive men and men within communities of color;
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience with administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight of government contracts, including timely and accurate submission of fiscal and program reports;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of the Board of Directors and senior management staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of the populations served through this application;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of direct service staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of the populations served through this application; and
-Agencies that have experience delivering PrEP supportive services and have established collaborations with PrEP prescribers within the service delivery catchment area proposed in the application.

Component B - Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following:
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience engaging the priority population of TGNC individuals, particularly TGNC individuals of color;
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience with administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight of government contracts, including timely and accurate submission of fiscal and program reports;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of the Board of Directors and senior management staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of the populations served through this application;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of direct service staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of the populations served through this application;
-Organizations developed by and for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) individuals and that have a demonstrated history of serving the priority population for a minimum of two (2) years; and
-Agencies that have experience: conducting linkage and navigation services for PrEP; delivering PrEP supportive services; and have established collaborations with PrEP prescribers within the service delivery catchment area proposed in the application.

Component C - Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following:
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience engaging women and young women within communities of color;
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience with administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight of government contracts, including timely and accurate submission of fiscal and program reports;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of the Board of Directors and senior management staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of those served through this application;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of direct service staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of those served through this application; and
-Agencies that have experience delivering PrEP supportive services and have established collaborations with PrEP prescribers within the service delivery catchment area proposed in the application.

Component D - Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following:
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience with administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight of government contracts, including timely and accurate submission of fiscal and program reports; and
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience of providing hotline and social media outreach in New York State.

Component E - Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following:
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience engaging the priority population of LGBT individuals, particularly within communities of color;
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience with administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight of government contracts, including timely and accurate submission of fiscal and program reports;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of the Board of Directors and senior management staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of those served through this application;
-A minimum of fifty (50%) percent of direct service staff who are representative of the racial/ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation characteristics of those served through this application;
-A minimum of five (5) years of experience delivering culturally responsive anti-violence and post-victimization services to LGBT communities, particularly within communities of color; and
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience in the provision of LGBT sensitivity training to medical and/or social service providers.

Component F - Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following:
-A minimum of five (5) years of experience providing capacity building with a focus on the priority population of Program Model selected;
-The ability to implement a statewide program with a regional approach to training/technical assistance and capacity building; and
-A minimum of two (2) years of experience with administrative, fiscal and programmatic oversight of government contracts, including timely and accurate submission of fiscal and program reports.

Pre-Application Information:

In order to apply for any of the six (6) components, eligible applicants must submit an application via the New York State Grants Gateway.

Not-for-profit applicants must be prequalified in the Grants Gateway on the due date for this application submission. Applicants may submit no more than two (2) applications in response to this RFA.

Once the application is complete, prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time.

Key Dates:
-RFA Release Date: January 31, 2018
-Questions Due: February 14, 2018 by 4:00 PM
-Questions, Answers and Updates Posted: (on or about) February 28, 2018
-Applications Due: March 20, 2018 by 4:00 PM

View the Grants Opportunity Profile for Component A:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5000965

View the Grants Opportunity Profile for Component B:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5000966

View the Grants Opportunity Profile for Component C:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5000967

View the Grants Opportunity Profile for Component D:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5000968

View the Grants Opportunity Profile for Component E:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5000970

View the Grants Opportunity Profile for Component F:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5000971

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Julie M. Harris, Director
cocrfa@health.ny.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

Request for Applications (RFA) RFA Number: 17650 / Internal Program Number #17-0004 / Grants Gateway #’s: DOH01-COCA-2018, DOH01-COCB-2018, DOH01-COCC-2018, DOH01-COCD-2018, DOH01-COCE-2018, DOH01-COCF-2018

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USA: New York City;   New York