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Mini-Grants Available: The Power Grants - Raising HIV/AIDS Awareness Your Way

The Contra Costa Public Health AIDS Program is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to conduct one-time interactive education events reaching women and men who have risks for acquiring HIV. We are interested in funding events where groups explore why individuals/community continue to put themselves at risk for HIV. The "Women Like You" DVD, showing women talking about HIV/AIDS, is available for those who are interested to use this as part of their group event.

Local groups and institutions, including churches, neighborhood groups/associations, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. Engaging and interactive group events corresponding to HIV/AIDS Observances are encouraged, such as National Women HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10th) and Contra Costa County May AIDS Awareness Month.

Grants are available for up to $1,000, reimbursement for materials to conduct events in Contra Costa County reaching local residents about HIV prevention. All events must take place before June 2007.

The AIDS Program can provide technical assistance, such as event planning and promotion. Should your group be selected to receive a grant, you are required to attend an award orientation.

Should you have questions, please contact Carmen Beyer by email at or by phone at 925-313-6783.

Applications are due February 21, 2007.

Sample Event Ideas:

  • Role model story-writing workshop in your church community to encourage safer sexual norms and behaviors within your social networks of friends and acquaintances, inspiring the community to examine personal vulnerabilities to HIV/AIDS. Writings are shared or displayed in the community.
  • Panel-making workshop to make a "Living-Quilt" made by and/or for people who are living with AIDS and discuss perception and beliefs about HIV/AIDS in the community. Quilt is displayed in the community.
  • A speak-out and teach-in event for a group of women in a church to explore the realities of HIV prevention and risk taking, issues related to partner negotiation, affects of drug use, harm reduction and how to negotiate safer sex with partners.

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