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AIDS Research Education Fund

Grants to Connecticut Agencies, Organizations, and Municipalities for Education, Services, and Research Related to HIV/AIDS

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) - TB, HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program

LOI Date:

04/12/19

Deadline Date:

05/17/19 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 per year to Connecticut community-based and state agencies, private organizations, and municipalities for programs that help prevent HIV and support individuals living with or at risk of contracting HIV. Funding is intended for HIV/AIDS research using peer-to peer interventions, and HIV/AIDS-related education and community services.

The HIV Prevention Program seeks to: 1) prevent HIV infection among individuals at risk for HIV; 2) increase knowledge of sero-status among those who are HIV infected but unaware of their infection; and 3) through HIV prevention interventions, support collaboration and coordination of services for individuals living with, or at risk for, HIV. Components of the program are:
- Connecticut Epidemiological Data
- Condom Distribution
- Health Disparities
- Peers
- Outreach
- Service Coordination and Collaboration

For additional information about program requirements, see:
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DPH/Request-For-Proposals/2019-0904/AIDS-Research-Education-Fund_final.pdf?la=en#page=18

Applicants may apply for only one of the following categories.

Category 1: AIDS Research using Peer-Driven Interventions. Activities will include but are not limited to the use of HIV Positive Peers for the following:
- Preventing HIV infection;
- Keeping and maintaining PLWHAs in HIV care;
- Promoting viral suppression;
- Improving delivery of care to PLWHAs;
- Improving treatment of PLWHAs;
- Understanding the needs of PLWHAs; and
- Evaluating prevention, treatment programs or interventions.

Category 2: AIDS Education and Related Community Service using Peer-Led Interventions. Applicants may select from an existing CDC effective behavioral intervention (see below) or identify another evidence-based intervention.

Option 1: Comprehensive HIV Prevention With HIV Positive Persons
The purpose of this funding is to provide comprehensive prevention services for persons living with HIV infection using a Peer-driven intervention. Services include:
- Providing linkage or reengagement and retention in care using various strategies including data to care;
- Promoting early antiretroviral therapy and treatment adherence;
- Conducting health education and risk reduction activities and;
- Referring to essential support services such as additional screening (e.g., TB, viral Hepatitis, and STDs), behavioral health services, primary medical and social services, etc.

For additional information on behavioral interventions to enhance biomedical interventions and reduce risk behaviors when selecting one of the above mentioned interventions, please review the information here: https://effectiveinterventions.cdc.gov/

Option 2: Comprehensive HIV Prevention Services for Persons who use drugs. The purpose of this funding is to provide comprehensive prevention services for PWUD using a Peer-driven intervention. Services include:
- Periodic HIV and HCV testing and risk screening;
- Screening for PrEP eligibility;
- Referral and linkage to PEP when appropriate;
- Referral and linkage to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services
- Referral and linkage to Drug Treatment Services
- Conducting health education and harm reduction activities
- Overdose prevention education and naloxone access; and
- Referring to essential support services such as additional screening (e.g., TB, viral Hepatitis, and STDs), behavioral health services, peer recovery coaches, medical and social services, etc.

Additional information about these options can be found here:
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DPH/Request-For-Proposals/2019-0904/AIDS-Research-Education-Fund_final.pdf?la=en#page=22

Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide the HIV prevention related services to proposed population(s), and other related activities. Applicants should describe experience with the oversight and development of research related or community based peer-led interventions used to access hard to reach populations.

For information about the scope of services, see:
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DPH/Request-For-Proposals/2019-0904/AIDS-Research-Education-Fund_final.pdf?la=en#page=24

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185700

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000

Number of Grants:

3

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000 annually. Funding amounts may decrease after the first year.

Term of Contract:

Funding will be for a two year period beginning approximately, November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2021, subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from CT public and private organizations (defined as non-state entities that are either nonprofit or proprietary corporations or partnerships), community-based agencies, CT State agencies and municipalities. Individuals who are not a duly formed business entity are ineligible to participate in this procurement.

To qualify for a contract award, an applicant must have the following minimum qualifications:
- Knowledge of the community/area(s) to be served including any emerging trends, populations or HIV service needs/gaps.
- Demonstrated experience implementing peer to peer interventions and programs focusing on persons of color, LGBTQ, and PWUD.
- Demonstrated knowledge of HIV, STDs, and provision of services to underserved or uninsured individuals.
- Knowledge and experience researching and evaluating special projects and/or interventions.
- Technology and infrastructure to support EvaluationWeb/XPEMS or any other approved DPH/CDC data collection system.
- Documented ability to execute the proposed plan of service delivery, including accounting and financial reporting systems and sound fiscal stability.
- Sufficient experienced staff, or the ability to hire qualified personnel, to execute the proposed plan of service delivery.

Funding under this RFP may not be used to purchase supplies, such as needles/syringes, drug injecting equipment or medications (naloxone/Narcan). DPH will provide syringe services supplies to successful applicants, if needed, under this RFP using state funds.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 17, 2019, 4:00 PM. DPH will only accept mailed proposals and will not accept a postmark date as the basis for meeting the submission due date and time.

An LOI is recommended but not required by this RFP. The LOI must be submitted to the Official Contact by US mail, fax, or e-mail by April 12, 2019.

All questions regarding this RFP or the Department’s procurement process must be directed, in writing, to the official contact before the April 12, 2019.

Timeline:
- RFP Planning Start Date: August 1, 2018
- RFP Released: March 28, 2019
- Letter of Intent Due: April 12, 2019
- Deadline for Questions: April 12, 2019
- Answers Released: April 26, 2019
- Amendment Released April 26, 2019
- Proposals Due: May 17, 2019
- *Proposer Selection: June 14, 2019
- *Start of Contract Negotiations: June 14, 2019
- *Start of Contract: November 1, 2019
* Target dates only

Contact Information:

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

Contact and mailing address for applications:
Marianne Buchelli, HIV Prevention
Department of Public Health, TB, HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#11APV
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-7801 Fax: (860) 509-7853
E-Mail: Marianne.buchelli@ct.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #2019-0904

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut