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Grants Available

The Power Project - Raising Awareness about HIV/AIDS Your Way

The Contra Costa Public Health AIDS Program is pleased to announce the availability of grants for raising awareness and sharing information within your community about HIV/AIDS, especially about the importance of taking the HIV test. Local institutions, including churches, neighborhood groups/associations, non-profit organizations, and businesses are encouraged to apply. Events corresponding to days of significance, such as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day February 7th and Contra Costa May AIDS Awareness Month are encouraged.

Awards are available for up to $1,400 for materials, food, attractions, etc., needed to carry out an event that is meaningful, engaging, and fun for your community. Events must occur no later than May 2006 and must take place in Contra Costa County reaching local residents. A review panel will select grantees and provide recommendations to ensure the events are successful. The AIDS Program will provide technical assistance, such as event planning and community organizing.

To apply, please submit an application by January 27, 2006 via mail or fax.

Mailing Address:
Power Project MG/AIDS Program
597 Center Avenue, Suite 200,
Martinez, CA 94553

Fax Number: 925-313-6798

Application Form (88k PDF, 2pp.)

For more information about planning your event and completing the application, please call Rhonda Choi 925-313-6775 for assistance. Should you be awarded a grant, you must attend a Grantee Orientation on Friday, February 3, 2006, from 3 - 5 p.m. in Martinez.

Sample Event Ideas:

  • Story writing contest to inspire the community to examine their personal vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and motivate the community to share their thoughts and feelings through an open-mike day.
  • Panel-making workshop for making 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.
  • A speak-out and teach-in event on the realities of HIV, issues related to alcohol and other drugs and harm reduction, and how to negotiate safer sex with partners and loved ones.
  • A community-wide festival hosted by the business community, with guest speakers, tabling, multi-denominational support, food, fun, singing, prayer, a memorial, dancing and information.
  • Skating, DJ, cake, and a Rollerdisco Reverend while learning about reducing HIV risk, HIV testing, contests and prizes.

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