Monday, September 29, 2014

CDPHE's Upcoming HIV Prevention RFA

On October 1, 2014 the STI/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be posting a Request for Application (RFA). The purpose of the RFA is to fund partnerships in rural areas of the state in order to serve persons at high risk for acquiring HIV, address systemic conditions that increase the risks for acquiring HIV, and reduce transmission of HIV.

Applicants will be required to identify a network of providers of medical care, substance abuse, mental health, and prevention services (including AIDS service organizations or community based
organization, local health departments, and non-profits that have experience reaching people at risk of HIV and providing prevention). Applicants will also be required to outreach to populations identified at highest risk for contracting HIV, namely, Injection Drug Users (IDU), Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), African American men and women (AA), and Latino Men and women (Latinos). Applicants will also be required to utilize approved prevention tools and evidence based interventions (a complete list of which will be provided as an exhibit to the RFA). Relevant prevention tools include:

  • Social Media
  • Targeted Sexual Health Education to delay the onset of adolescent sexual activity
  • Mutual monogamy or reduction of the number of Sexual Partners
  • Correct and consistent condom use
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis with oral antiretroviral microbicides
  • Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) for prevention (including prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT)
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Use of clean syringes for all injections, and 
  • Distribution of the female condom

The source of funding for this RFA is the Colorado HIV and AIDS Prevention Program (CHAPP), which was created under state law (C.R.S. 25-4-1213 and 25-4-1215) with the goal of addressing local community needs by funding medically accurate HIV and AIDS prevention and education programs based in behavioral and social science theory and research through a competitive grant process.

Up to $100,000 is available for state fiscal year (SFY) 2014-2015 to support multiple prevention projects from March 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015. In subsequent SFY 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, up to $200,000 is available. All projects will be funded on an annual basis pending continued availability of funds. An application for funding continuation will be required each year during the project period. Please note that there is an upper funding threshold of $50,000 per proposed project for this funding period. No agency may receive more than three (3) CHAPP awards. The number of awards will be based on the number of applications received, the quality of the proposed projects, the area covered, the number of persons to be served, and the scores awarded to the applications.

The focus of this RFA will be services for rural areas. Regional maps (available when the RFA is released) will highlight areas that are not currently funded and the disease burden in those areas. Please take the time to review these maps to see how your region is impacted.

Barring unforeseen delays, the RFA will be released on October 1, 2014. The RFA will be posted to our Funding Opportunities page.

There will be an Application Webinar posted to help answer questions you may have about this process. In addition to viewing the funding announcement and the webinar, another great way to stay informed is by signing up for our email list on our Community involvement page.

A Letter of intent is optional, but highly encouraged.

Applications will be due on November 18th at 12 noon; Notification of Award will be announced on January 22, 2015. The estimated contract start date is March 1, 2015.

If you would like more information about this process please contact Maria Lopez at or 303-692-6417.

Please consider forwarding this funding opportunity to your networks.

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