NVHR 2017 Mini-Grants

 
 
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INTRODUCTION: The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) is offering program booster mini-grants for one (1) year to NVHR member organizations working on hepatitis C education, screening and linkage to care activities. Seven awards will be given in the amount of $10,000 each.

You may download a copy of the Request for Proposal here or view the requirements below. All applications must be submitted online according to the instructions below. 

ELIGIBILITY: In order to qualify for this award, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate that they have an active project focusing on hepatitis C education, screening and linkage to care activities in the United States.
  • Be current NVHR members or a coalition with at least one NVHR member. Applicants can join NVHR by visiting our website at www.nvhr.org/join. Organizations must become NVHR members by March 20, 2017 in order to qualify.
  • Have the capacity to directly implement the proposal, collect data as required, provide written reports, and manage the funds appropriately.
  • Submit a project narrative and work plan to be evaluated by a grants committee composed of representatives from NVHR member organizations not applying for grants.
  • Be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (programs with an appropriate fiscal sponsor are acceptable).

Follow the proposal format as described below. Applications that fail to meet the requirements outlined below will be considered incomplete and will not be scored.

PURPOSE: The main purpose of this RFP is to enhance the capacity of NVHR members and partners to conduct hepatitis C education, testing and linkage to care in their local communities.

PROPOSAL: Applicants should request support for an activity or activities that will leverage or build upon an existing program or project aimed at increasing hepatitis C testing and/or linkage to care in the United States. These grants are intended to identify and bolster best practices in hepatitis C testing/linkage to care and to build community and coalition among organizations and individuals engaged in such efforts. Grantees will be expected to evaluate their projects, submit final reports to NVHR, and present their findings on a webinar.

Examples of proposals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hiring an intern to do community outreach to engage other organizations in a local or regional coalition
  • Partnering with a national non-profit organization to train community health workers
  • Convening a regional or statewide meeting to discuss strategies for linkage to care

Budget

  • May not be used to purchase awareness/educational materials or testing kits. These items should be leveraged from other partner organizations (e.g., local health departments). NVHR will provide technical assistance in efforts to secure materials and/or testing kits, if needed.
  • Administrative fees - should be no more than 10% of the budget (not including staff salary/benefits). Projects may use interns. Coalition work will be accepted as long as it makes a direct connection to how the project funding will improve hepatitis C testing and linkage to care.
  • Advocacy - No more than 25% of project funds may be used toward advocacy for local policies that would improve the quality of hepatitis C programs in the community.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS:

•       Participate in an initial and quarterly grantee calls. 

•       Provide a 12-month report that includes evaluation findings and “lessons learned.”

•       Present findings and lessons learned on a webinar (scheduled after completion of the 12 month project period).

•       Any project involving hepatitis C testing must include a description of linkage to care activities.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

All items must be submitted by 8:00 pm Eastern on Monday, March 27, 2017 via online application. Please note that each section must be uploaded as separate PDF attachments in the application. 

PROPOSAL FORMAT:

a)      Proposal Narrative:

The Proposal Narrative may not exceed 9 pages with the following parameters (5% of total score is for formatting):

  • 8.5”x11” paper, 1 inch margins
  • Times New Roman font, 12pt
  • 1.5 spacing between lines
  • 9-page limit

 

Section 1: Statement of Need (15% of total score) (1 page)

Describe the priority population(s) to be served by this funding, including:

  • Demographics
  • Hepatitis C statistics
  • Risk behaviors
  • Major barriers to accessing hepatitis C education, screening, and linkage to care

Section 2: Experience and Capacity (15% of total score ) (1 page)

Describe the organization’s experience working in communities impacted by hepatitis C, including a brief description of previous and current hepatitis C related activities. Describe the following and include program or other data as supporting evidence:

  • Activities you have conducted, how long you have been conducting them, and their success at engaging the population(s), including hepatitis C testing, support or education services, or other related services.
  • Policies and procedures, curricula, materials, or program protocols that you currently have in place that will be used or adapted for this proposed program.
  • How the proposed activities will be complementary and not duplicative of your existing efforts.

Section 3: Project Design and Activities (40% of total score) (2 pages)

  • Describe the project goal(s) and 3-5 specific objectives. Describe objectives in SMART form (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time?bound), using the format “By [when], [target #/%] of [who] will have [done what] as measured by [data source].
  • Describe the project design, implementation, and activities and describe how these activities are feasible given resource constraints.
  • Describe proposed staffing for the project.

Section 4: Project Evaluation (15% of total score) (1 page)

Describe your plans for collecting and managing project data, including:

  • Your staffing plan for supporting data collection and management and program evaluation.
  • Your methods and processes for collecting, entering, and reporting data and analyzing data to improve the project.

Section 5: Budget Justification (10% of total score) (4 pages max)

Provide a detailed budget justification for the project using this template.

b) Appendices

i. Appendices do not count toward the page limit and must include:

  • 1 page detailed timeline of activities
    • Organization Budget
    • Organizations’ most recent audited financial statements (or unaudited financial statements for the most recent fiscal year, if no audits are conducted)
    • List of Organization’s Board of Directors, with affiliations

ii. Supporting documents are not required and can include, but aren't limited to:

  • Letters of Support (do not include more than three)
  • Memoranda of Understanding (do not include more than three)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please email Tina Broder at tbroder@nvhr.org with any questions. Applicants will be notified of their grant award status by Monday, April 17, 2017.