Community Mobilization & Coordination for STI/HIV/VH Prevention

 

    The purpose of this CDPHE Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit responses to support community mobilization and coordination for STI/HIV/VH prevention efforts. 

    The goals of this RFA are to: 
    • Increase local coordination and collaboration among community members, groups, organizations, and sectors  (e.g., non-profit, for-profit, faith-based, healthcare, education, housing, local government, and economic development). 
    • Increase advocacy and education by dissemination of information
    • Increase sustainability of STI/HIV/VH prevention efforts
    • Broaden the reach of STI/HIV/VH prevention interventions to reach high priority populations
    • Reduce stigma to create an environment in which individuals are empowered to reduce their own risk of acquiring STI/HIV/VH
    • Increase access to STI/HIV/VH prevention by linking and mobilizing community to resources
    Examples of Community Mobilization that this RFA may be used to support: 
    • Community Conversations: The goal of Community Conversations is to empower communities and stakeholders and to build capacity within communities to address their STI/HIV/VH prevention needs. Community Conversations integrates individual and collective concerns and addresses attitudes and behaviors embedded in social systems and structures. This strategy relies on facilitation and strength identification rather than expert intervention. The steps of Community Conversations include relationship building, concern and problem identification, concern exploration, decision making, action, review and reflection.
    • Building a Coalition: A community mobilizes when people become aware of a common need and decide together to take action to create a shared benefit. Building a coalition is a way to create sustained momentum. A community coalition may have representation from  health care providers, policy makers, and CBOs or Faith- Based leaders who serve, treat and represent your target audience. The coalition will develop goals, strategies and activities to support STI/HIV/VH prevention work or policies.
    • Community Mobilization Campaigns: Campaigns can include social media campaigns, print media, door to door advocacy,  street outreach  to disseminate information and engage coordination of community to STI/HIV/VH prevention resources and other activities that bring together traditional and non-traditional partners to reduce new STI/HIV/VH diagnoses. Input from members of the community are involved in the development of the campaign.
    • Large Scale Events: Events should engage the target population while serving as an opportunity to gather information and start a dialogue about relevant STI/HIV/VH prevention issues and needs. The event may also provide social support for participants by allowing community members to gather around common issues. Events are also intended to catalyze volunteer advocacy networks or action groups. 

    Note: This RFA does not support funding for STI/HIV/VH testing or treatment.

      Approximately $1,020,000 is available to fund (up to 4) agencies for the initial first year. Based on current funding availability, it is anticipated that $220,000 of the initial year of funding will be awarded to support marketing and social awareness campaigns. While the actual amount of grant awards may vary depending on the number of applications, awards are expected to be an estimated $250,000 for Year 1 and an estimated $100,000 each for year 2. There is the possibility of continued funding for Years 3-4, however this is contingent on CDPHE being awarded.

      The initial contract will be effective upon approval by the State Controller until December 31, 2022. 

      Application submission deadline: February 25th, 2022 at 5:00pm (MDT)