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Transformative Grant Funding Opportunity
In addition to numerous structural and geographic barriers, there is a need for more intentional funding and directed efforts to eliminate the disproportionate percentage of Southerners living with HIV. The Transformative Grant process is an opportunity that provides community grants to organizations across the Southern United States to support the development of programs and activities that align with programmatic focus areas of the COMPASS Initiative® and builds the overall capacity of organizations across the South.

Who Are We
Focus Area: Building Organizational Capacity
Lead Coordinating Center: Emory University Rollins School of Public Health 

This initiative will allow applicants to seek funding to support organizational capacity building activities in at least one of three focus areas: 1) rural infrastructure development, 2) alliance and partnerships, and/or 3) community-level or upstream intervention planning.

Focus Area: Wellness/Wellbeing, Mental Health, Trauma-Informed Care, Substance Use, & Telehealth
Lead Coordinating Center: University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
This initiative will focus on organizational change in trauma informed care, to include but not limited to, wellness, mental health, substance use (especially opioid use), and telehealth and its intersection with HIV in the Southern United States.

Focus Area: Reducing HIV- Related Stigma
Lead Coordinating Center: Southern AIDS Coalition

This initiative will focus on supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma.

Focus Area: Faith Based Advocacy & Spiritually Integrated Capacity Building
Lead Coordinating Center: Wake Forest University School of Divinity

This initiative will focus on building the capacity of faith leaders’ understanding of and engagement with their communities’ health challenges and opportunities, and equipping them to co-create with key community partners new holistic strategies for addressing HIV/AIDS and related health concerns. 

Eligibility Information
It is important that applicants review this eligibility criterion carefully. Applicants may submit ONE completed Transformative Grant application for consideration for ONE COMPASS Coordinating Center/content area. Only applications that meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered for funding:

Geographic Location
Applicants must be located in and doing work in one of the following twelve (12) Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and/or Texas. 

Non-Profit Status
Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations 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.

Grant Period
Applicants must be able to complete work proposed within a 18-month period beginning in June 2021 and ending in December 2022. 

Award Amount
The maximum amount an applicant can request is $100,000 total (including overhead). 

Application Deadline
Completed proposals are due via the COMPASS Initiative® website (www.gileadcompass.com) by 11:59 PM EST/ 10:59 PM CST, Monday, May 17, 2021. Applications must be completed and received by the deadline in order to be considered. Late applications will not be accepted. We strongly encourage completing the application early to allow for unforeseen technical difficulties. 

Applications should be submitted through the COMPASS Initiative® website. 

Questions about the application process should be emailed to info@gileadcompass.com. Please include “Transformative Grant” and your organization's name in the subject line of the message.

Note: If you would need an alternative way to submit the RFP other than through the grant portal, you will have to reach out to the info@gileadcompass.com by Monday, May 10, 2021 by 11:59 CST to be considered. Please include “Alternative Transformative Grant Submission Request” and your organization's name in the subject line of the message. Within the body, please outline the submission request and reason for alternative submission request.

Application Webinars
Informational Webinar
The COMPASS Coordinating Centers will host an optional webinar for the purpose of providing further clarification about this request for proposals (RFP). The webinar will be recorded and made available on the COMPASS website, under the blog section, for future reference. Additionally, each Coordinating Center will host one optional webinar to discuss their Center specific content.

Click HERE to watch the recorded General Information Session.

Application Process, Award Information, and Timeline
Review Process
Grant applications will be reviewed by an independent review committee composed of community members from each of the twelve (12) states eligible for funding and representing each of the areas of expertise of the three COMPASS Coordinating Centers.


Application Requirements and Restictions
Application Requirements
A full version of the Combined Coordinating Center Request for Proposal (RFP), including a complete set of application instructions and gudelines & a detailed description of the Coordinating Centers can be downloaded HERE

To review Request for Proposals for each Coordinating Center by focus area click below:


Prohibited Expenses

  • Medications or purchasing of medications; 
  • Direct medical expenses, including labs; 
  • Existing deficits; 
  • Basic biomedical research, clinical research, or clinical trials; 
  • Projects that directly influence or advance Gilead Science, Inc.’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; and 
  • Government lobbying activities.

Unallowable Activities

  • Projects that focus on or include pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP);
  • Procedures or policies that exclude community members from receiving adequate and efficient health care, safe shelter, advocacy services, counseling, and other assistance based on their actual or perceived sex, age, immigration status, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health condition, physical health condition, criminal record, work in the sex industry, or the age and/or gender of their children;
  • Procedures or policies that compromise the confidentiality of information and/or privacy of persons being served at or by the applying organization/individual; 
  • Project designs and budgets that fail to account for the access needs of individuals with disabilities, with limited English proficiency, or who are deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Projects that place a criterion or requirement for community members to access services;
  • Project activities that promote or create an unsafe, uncomfortable, or counter-productive work environment;
  • Project activities that exclude staff that are representative of the community members being targeted through this grant project from serving in leadership or advisory capacity;
  • Grant funds may not be used to provide legal representation in civil and criminal matters, such as family law cases (divorce, custody, visitation, and child support), housing cases, consumer law cases, and other legal cases.

Note: This list is not exhaustive. Applications that propose any activities that compromise a community member’s safety and access to services may receive a deduction in points during the review process or may be eliminated from consideration. 

How To Apply

To apply for Emory University Rollins School of Public Health - Organizational Capacity Building click HERE.

To apply for Southern AIDS Coalition - HIV Related Stigma Reduction click HERE.

To apply for University of Houston - Wellness, Mental Health, Trauma-Informed Care, Substance Use, & Telehealth click HERE.

To apply for Wake Forest University School of Divinity - Faith-Based Advocacy & Spiritually Integrated Capacity Building click HERE.

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