NVHR awarded four $10,000 NVHR Hepatitis C Project Booster Mini Grants in 2018. These mini-grants are intended to enhance the capacity of NVHR member organizations to conduct hepatitis C (HCV) education, testing, and linkage to care in their local communities and then disseminate those best practices nationally. Our recipients are conducting one year projects from June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019.
NVHR 2018 Mini-Grant Recipients
Department of Family Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center (New York, NY)
The Department of Family Medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center is driven to improve quality of life in the Bronx, New York, one patient at a time. The Department of Family Medicine’s project will improve HCV treatment and care by supporting the implementation of auto-ordering for HCV lab tests, providing additional education on the importance of the test to cure, and providing incentives to encourage patients to come in for their final test.
Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. (Baltimore, MD)
Health Care for the Homeless serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout Maryland with complex and comorbid health and behavioral health conditions. Their project will expand work in key areas, specifically more targeted interventions for screening, access to treatment and using data to improve care. The goal of their project is to improve the rate of HCV screening, treatment initiation, and treatment completion for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (Eureka, CA)
Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction is focused on peer led education with a mission to reduce the harms of injection drug use in Humboldt county, California. They are the only peer led program in their region and have built a culture of trust among people who inject drugs. This project will develop an in-house testing and linkage to care system, with robust data collection, to prevent the spread of HCV among people who use drugs in Humboldt County.
Prevention Point Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
Prevention Point Philadelphia is a multi-service public health organization dedicated to promoting health, empowerment and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty. Prevention Point Philadelphia will implement a HCV education course called Hep C and Me which seeks to integrate peer mentorship with HCV education and navigation. The goal of Hep C and Me is to provide HCV education to participants who are aware of their HCV status and not yet linked to care or those who have not been tested for HCV.
Grant Writing Resources
NVHR recognizes that many of our partners depend on external support to fund their hepatitis-related work. Grant funding is a great way to finance community projects, provide educational resources, and further research efforts related to hepatitis. However, this resource is often underutilized because many organizations lack grant writing experience. In an effort to encourage our partners to seek grant funding and to help make the writing process less overwhelming, NVHR has developed a grant writing tip sheet. It describes different ways to find grant funding, strategies for writing an effective proposal, and how to avoid common mistakes.
Additional grant writing resources:
- Federal grant announcements: https://www.grants.gov/
- Other grant opportunities: https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps
- NIH grant writing tips: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/grant_tips.htm
- Online grant writing training: Search for online grant writing courses such as those offered by GrantSpace, Coursera, or edX.
- Academic partners: Colleges and universities often host workshops to help those seeking grant funding. Look for local events hosted by local academic institutions and libraries.
- NVHR Mini-Grants Archived 2018 RFP