Suzette N. Brown, MPH, Department of Community Health, Brown Medical School, P.O. Box G-A4, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, 917 691 9279, firstname.lastname@example.org, Nicole M. Brown, MPH, Stanford University School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, and Edward Feller, MD, Community Health, Brown Medical School, BioMed, Providence, RI 02912.
Issues. Successfully applying for and obtaining funding from donors is a central challenge for community-based AIDS service organizations (CBOs) in resource-poor countries. Many lack the capacity to develop and submit proposals to prospective funders. Consequently, many local HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment interventions are underfunded. Although grant-writing resources exist, a simple, comprehensive proposal-writing manual specifically targeting HIV/AIDS CBOs in developing countries is lacking. Methods. A manual was developed after extensive review of grant guidelines common to donor agencies. Basic elements that funding proposals should include were identified. Case studies of two recently established CBOs in South Africa and Cambodia were utilized to illustrate development of grant applications. Topics include: 1.) mission statement; 2.) needs and community the program addresses; 3.) fiscal and administrative capacity to run programs; 4.) prior results and partnerships; 5.) budget preparation; 6.) ability to monitor results and objectify outcomes; 7.) sample grant applications. Conclusions: HIV/AIDS CBOs commonly need assistance in navigating the funding and grant-writing process. Many do not have a clear assessment of purpose or priorities, a knowledge of how and where to locate prospective donors, or an assessment of management structure, staff qualifications or statistical expertise. Developing a manual focusing on core elements that CBOs can incorporate into their funding efforts may enhance their capacity to compete for grants. Strategies must be developed by small HIV/AIDS CBOs or local consortiums of CBOs to write grants and secure funding. This manual and website linkages are applicable to diverse international and national agencies in resource-poor environments.
Keywords: HIV/AIDS, HIV Interventions
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The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA