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POSITIVE ORGANIZING PROJECT RFP
AIDS United, with funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc., is pleased to announce the opportunity for grant support through the Positive Organizing Project (POP). The overarching goal of this initiative is to increase grassroots mobilization and engagement among people living with HIV within service delivery systems that will directly impact stigma, and improve the policy and community environment for inclusive and effective HIV programs; and indirectly improve outcomes along the continuum of care.
The last five years have presented dramatic changes in our understanding and approach to addressing the HIV epidemic—changes that have allowed the CDC to finally declare HIV a winnable battle. New promise has been found through advancements in HIV care and treatment as well as bio-medical interventions in prevention. The solutions we now have will depend on people living with HIV accepting their diagnosis, coming to terms with the changes this requires, and seeking support and treatment. However, stigma is consistently noted among the top five barriers to engaging individuals with HIV in care. While the field has documented stigma as a barrier to ending AIDS, it too often still remains an abstract concept with few concrete solutions proposed.
We believe that realizing the true potential of this moment in the AIDS epidemic will require partnership with a revitalized grassroots movement of people living with HIV. People living with HIV have a critical role to play in combating stigma, serving as role models for disclosure and engagement in care, working to decriminalize HIV, and leading advocacy activities by—and for—people living with HIV, towards policy and programmatic solutions.
AIDS United will support projects via two tracks, both of which are built on meaningful involvement of people living with HIV (MIPA):
- Building a MIPA-driven Organization: projects focused on concrete activities to strengthen the organizational practices and that operationalize MIPA values at the organizational level.
- MIPA-driven Grassroots Projects: projects focused on specific grassroots activities that involve PLWH leadership.
Deadline: Sep. 1, 2016
Grant awards will range between $15,000 and $20,000. This funding will cover a project implementation period of 8 months.