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2011 Press Releases

2011 Ambassador's HIV Prevention Program

August 10, 2011

The U.S. Embassy, Belmopan, announces that it is currently accepting proposals for funding through the 2011 Ambassador’s HIV Prevention Program (AHPP). The deadline for submission is August 25, 2011.

The AHPP is a project of the Department of State's Office of The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) along with its Caribbean Regional Office of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Since 2003, the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan has funded initiatives totaling 187,000 USD.

Projects should focus on community-based prevention activities to reduce the spread of HIV, reduce AIDS-related stigma and discrimination and encourage communities to cooperate in fighting the epidemic. It is recommended that projects focus on most-at-risk populations (MARPS) and persons engaged in high-risk behaviors. Creative, original and innovative ideas for projects are encouraged.

Eligible organizations include community-based organizations (CBOs), local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) clubs, individuals, and government departments and ministries.

Technical Requirements

The U.S. Embassy will review and short list proposals received. Proposals should include a description of the proposed project, i.e. what is to be done and how the project will achieve its goals and objectives. Objectives must be clearly stated and must be measurable. Proposals must include a budget (with amounts reflected in USD) with narrative, unit costs and a timeline indicating when projects will begin and end.

The funds may be used to support activities in the following broad areas:

a) Reduction of HIV-related stigma in the local community, in the general population, and in more isolated areas

b) Activities enlisting the input and involvement of PLWHAs (People Living with HIV/AIDS)

c) Improved media coverage of the epidemic, impacted individuals and populations, new HIV programs, and prevention activities in the community

d) Promotional activities for risk-reduction and prevention messages, voluntary counselling and testing, "knowing your HIV status," and programs such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

e) Other activities that will benefit the affected population and promote greater public awareness and stigma reduction. This can include training and/or workshops for healthcare workers, hosting public speakers on relevant topics, promotional contests, etc

Funds may not be used for the following:
a) The purchase of food
b) Furniture or equipment purchases (i.e., computers, office equipment and supplies, recreational devices and equipment)
c) Procurement of consumables for treatment or testing programs
d) Procurement of antiretroviral drugs
e) Large-scale programs requiring more than one-time funding or exceeding 10,000 USD
f) Salaries and benefits for staff or volunteers
g) Supplanting existing funding

Though no single grant proposal should exceed 10,000 USD, any organization can make more than one proposal. Proposals for the 2011 Ambassador’s HIV Prevention Program should be sent to the U.S. Embassy via email to embbelize@state.gov no later than August 25, 2011. To facilitate planning, execution, and reporting within a twelve month period, we suggest proposed project timelines not exceed nine months.

If you have any questions concerning the above guidelines or individual proposals, please call 501-822-4011 ext. 4115 or send an e-mail to embbelize@state.gov, with the subject line: “HIV Grant Proposal.”