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HIV Prevention Demonstration Project

Grant to a Connecticut Nonprofit, Corporation, Agency, or Municipality
to Develop a Peer-Led Internet HIV Intervention Program

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

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Deadline Date:

05/29/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grant to a Connecticut nonprofit, proprietary corporation, community-based organization, state agency, or municipality to develop a peer-led internet-based HIV intervention program. Applicants must demonstrate collaboration between a CBO, a project evaluator, and an academic institution. This request for proposal (RFP) will include funding to develop, implement, and evaluate a peer led PrEP Navigation intervention.

The CT DPH HIV Prevention Program is seeking proposals from Connecticut community-based agencies, private organizations, CT State agencies, academic institutions or municipalities to provide the following services: the development of a peer driven intervention that recruits current PrEP users to be sources of PrEP knowledge and positive PrEP role models for their social and sexual networks. The proposed intervention will be provided to individuals at high risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV [i.e. HIV positive individuals, men who have sex with men (MSM) by peer navigators recruited, trained, and evaluated by the applicant. The applicant will provide a detailed demonstration project work plan that describes all phases of the PrEP Navigation intervention development, implementation, and evaluation.

The CDC’s new federal funding opportunity will accelerate the nation’s progress toward a goal of no new infections through two central priorities:

- Ensure that all people living with HIV are aware of their infection and successfully linked to medical care and treatment to achieve viral suppression.
- Expand access to PrEP, condoms and other proven strategies for people at high risk of becoming infected.

These goals are to be achieved by expanding HIV testing, referring and linking HIV positive persons to medical care and other essential services, such as PrEP Services and increasing program monitoring and accountability. The DPH will utilize past performance, and the applicants experience working with key populations, and implementing peer related interventions through the screening and the review committee process. Priority will be given to applicants that can demonstrate experience working with populations disproportionately affected by HIV, such as Black and Latinx males, Black women, and MSM.

For a list of special considerations and grant criteria, see the RFP:

For scope of service, project overview, project goals, and activities, see the RFP (pages 24-26):

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185765

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Total Funding Available: $350,411 annually

Funding amounts for the selected agencies are as follows:

- CBO- $200,000
- Academic Consultant-$99,271
- Evaluation Consultant- $51,140

Term of Contract:

Funding will be for a three year period beginning approximately, November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2022, 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. The applicant must be comprised of a community-based organization, an academic institution, and a project evaluator. Proposals submitted that do not include these collaborations or subcontractors will be disqualified.

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 MSM, Transpersons, and persons of color.
- Demonstrated knowledge of HIV, STDs, and provision of services to underserved or uninsured.
- Knowledge and experience implementing and evaluating special projects and/or interventions.
- Technology and infrastructure to support EvaluationWeb/XPEMS or any other
approved DPH/CDC data collection system (see the RFP for details:
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submission of proposals to the DPH is 4:00 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2019. DPH will only accept mailed proposals and will not accept a postmark date as the basis for meeting the submission due date and time. Proposals received after the due date and time will not be evaluated.

Procurement Schedule:

- RFP Planning Start Date: September 1, 2018
- RFP Released: April 05, 2019
- Letter of Intent Due: April 22, 2019
- Deadline for Questions: April 22, 2019
- Answers Released: April 29, 2019
- Amendment Released May 26, 2019
- Proposals Due: May 29, 2019
- (*) Proposer Selection: June 24, 2019
- (*) Start of Contract Negotiations: July 24, 2019
- (*) Start of Contract: November 1, 2019

Dates after the due date for proposals (“Proposals Due”) are target dates only (*). The Department may amend the schedule, as needed.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) is recommended but not required by this RFP. The LOI is non-binding and does not obligate the sender to submit a proposal.

All questions regarding this RFP or the Department’s procurement process must be directed, in writing, to the Official Contact before the deadline specified in the Procurement Schedule. The early submission of questions is encouraged. Questions will not be accepted or answered verbally – neither in person nor over the telephone.

The agency will release the answers to questions on the date(s) established in the Procurement Schedule.

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOIs by mail, fax, or email to:

Marianne Buchelli
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

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #2019-0905

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut