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Grants Available: The Project - Raising Awareness About HIV/AIDS

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, World AIDS Day December 1st, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day February 7th, and Contra Costa May AIDS Awareness Month are encouraged.

Awards for up to $1,400 for materials, food, attractions, etc., needed to carry out an event that is meaningful and fun for your community are available. Events must occur between December 2005 and May 2006 and must take place in Contra Costa County. 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 a completed application by October 21, 2005 to The POWER PROJECT/MG at AIDS Program, 597 Center Avenue, Suite 200, Martinez, CA 94553. For more information about the project and application, please call Rhonda Choi 925-313-6775 for assistance. 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.
  • An ice cream social with music and lots of information about HIV testing and discussions about the testing experience.
  • 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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