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

Contra Costa Health Services AIDS Program is pleased to announce the availability of grants to conduct interactive education events reaching women and men who have risks for acquiring HIV. We are interested in funding events where groups explore why individuals or communities continue to put themselves at risk for HIV infection.

Local groups and institutions, including churches, neighborhood groups/associations, non-profit organizations, and salons/barber shops are encouraged to apply. Engaging and interactive group events corresponding to HIV/AIDS Observances are encouraged, such as World AIDS Day, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Contra Costa County May AIDS Awareness Month.

Grants are available for up to $1,000. Grant money can reimburse for materials, speakers and other related needs to conduct events in Contra Costa County reaching local residents. All events must be completed before June 2008. The AIDS Program can provide technical assistance, such as event planning and media advocacy.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2007. Funds are limited, so early submission of applications is encouraged. Please go to to obtain an application or contact Pamela Anderson-Moore by email at or by phone at 925-313-6775 for any questions.

Award recipients must schedule an orientation with the Contra Costa County AIDS Program to finalize details of the grant prior to final approval of application.

Sample Event Ideas:

  • Role model story-writing workshop in your church community to encourage safer sexual norms and behaviors within your social network 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 to explore the realities of HIV prevention and risk taking, issues related to partner negotiation, affects of drug use and harm reduction, and how to negotiate safer sex with partners.
  • A community-wide event to encourage open discussion to reduce stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS, including guest speakers and a memorial for those who have passed away.

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