In March/April of 2018 the Massachusetts Getting To Zero Coalition opened a request for proposals for a series of mini grants intended to finance about five HIV-related community engagement projects.
These mini-grants (awarded at $5,000 each) were intended for applicants who could clearly define a specific priority population, a geographic area of need, and make a connection between a proposed project and a desirable HIV-related health outcome.
These health outcomes include things such as reduced stigma, increased resilience, reduced HIV-related deaths, increased engagement in testing & care, strengthened adherence to prescribed therapy, & reduced new HIV infections.
Reference material and details related to priority populations in the Commonwealth can be obtained from:
We received more applications than we were able to finance. They were all important projects, and we wish that we had been able to finance them all. We are pleased to announce however, that through our financial advocacy, the coalition was able to support 11 projects in total, more than double our initial goal!
The final mix of awarded grantee projects represent a diverse range of priority populations and geographic locations across the Commonwealth, and favor projects that demonstrate creativity and that outlined a plan for how the project will continue to have an impact after this initial seed funding.
Please read below to see a summary of those projects that were funded ordered by location. These projects will be completed by Fall of 2018, and a community event with a report back from funded sites will take place on or near World AIDS Day 2018. Stay tuned for free registration for that event!