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COMPASS Initiative® ACTION-Latinx Grant (Act with Communities To Increase Opportunities and address Needs in the South)

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Program Description
The ACTION (Act with Communities To Increase Opportunities and address Needs in the South) grant is SUSTAIN’s funding opportunity that supports action-oriented projects that build, enhance and/or reframe mental health, promote wellness, and strengthen harm reduction approaches to service provision.

We know that providing culturally appropriate care, building awareness, implementing community-led programs, and mobilizing for advocacy efforts are all keys to enhancing the lives of the Latinx community, including transgender and gender non-conforming communities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer communities, cis-gender women and men. Culturally appropriate and supportive care for mental health, substance use and HIV prevention and care are integral components of individual and community wellbeing. However, few resources exist that are centered around the Latinx community to address their unique experiences, including bilingual and culturally-tailored messaging and services. Though many organizations are at the forefront in providing this care to the Latinx community, they often do not have the capacity and resources to develop innovative programs. The ACTION-Latinx in the South grant opportunity (Act with Communities To Increase Opportunities and address Needs in the South) is a 1-year grant for Latinx-led and/or predominantly Latinx-serving organizations focused on HIV prevention and care in the Deep U.S. South. ACTION grant funds should be used to develop and implement an action-oriented project that builds, enhances and/or reframes mental health, promote wellness, and strengthen harm reduction approaches to service provision. The proposed project should be culturally appropriate, multi-lingual (if applicable) and accessible to the Latinx community impacted by HIV.

Project Ideas (including but not limited to):

  • Building storytelling skills for staff, volunteers, community members such as providing a training on storytelling to enhance Latinx voices within the HIV community in the context of mental health, substance use or wellness;
  • Collaboration, coalition building activities, and intergenerational knowledge and skill sharing to strengthen community networks, connect faith-based organizations, social service programs, and/or healthcare providers with Latinx people living with HIV that ultimately reduce mental health and substance use stigma;
  • Latinx TV and radio advertising around the mental health, substance use, and HIV to build awareness; and
  • Adapting and/or tailoring mental health and/or substance use screening tools used in the organization to increase cultural appropriateness and enhance access to care.

Eligibility
Organizations eligible to participate in the ACTION grant must:

  • Organizations should be led by Latinx individuals OR the organization should primarily serve Latinx communities;
  • Be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply;
  • Be located in one of the nine Deep South states (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX);
  • Projects must address HIV in the context of one of the following content areas: mental health, wellness, or substance use (particularly harm reduction approaches to services);
  • Implementation period - up to one year;
  • Applicant must agree to work with our evaluator;
  • Applications for funding through multiple funding mechanisms supported by the SUSTAIN COMPASS Coordinating Center will typically not be approved (i.e. LEARN or Transformative Grant)

Funding
The ACTION-Latinx grant award will range from $5,000 to $20,000. The amount of the request should reflect the scope of the project. 

Allowable Expenses
It is appropriate to use ACTION-Latinx funds to pay for the following:

  • Program related materials
  • Technology related to the project
  • Training and related costs
  • Meeting/awareness event expenses, including food, venue costs etc.
  • Marketing related costs

Prohibited Expenses
You cannot use the funds to pay for or offset the cost of any of the following:

  • More than 10% total allocated to staff salary/consultant stipends
  • Medications or purchasing of medications
  • Direct medical expenses, including lab expenses
  • Existing deficits of organization
  • Biomedical research or clinical trials
  • Projects that directly influence or advance Gilead Science’s business, including purchase, utilization, prescribing, formulary position, pricing, reimbursement, referral, recommendation or payment for products
  • Individuals, individual health care providers, or physician group practices
  • Events or programs that have already occurred
  • Government lobbying activities

Tips for a Successful ACTION-Latinx Grant Application:

  • Outline very clearly how your project will address mental health, wellness, and/or substance use as it relates to HIV among Latinx communities.
  • Describe which community members are the target audience of your project (examples: individuals who receive services at your organizations, faith leaders, healthcare providers, peer social networks, Latinx volunteer, etc.).
  • Explain how your project is led by and/or serves the Latinx community.

Submitting a Complete Application
A complete ACTION-Latinx Grant application includes the following:

  • Completed Application form, please ensure to complete all of the questions
  • 501(c)(3) verification OR letter from a fiscal sponsor
  • Completed budget template


Application Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. Funding decision announcements will be made 15 business days after the grant application closes.

Please return to the Home Page to apply for this funding opportunity.