Public Health England (PHE) is currently accepting applications from charitable or voluntary sector organisations for local projects that take a new and innovative approach to preventing HIV transmission and acquisition in England.
This year, the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund has a total budget of £600,000 with grants of between £25,000 and £100,000.
The Department of Health is providing the funding to support projects that offer innovative ways of delivering HIV prevention and that explore new ways to address high risk behaviours in those communities most affected by HIV.
This year, proposals should focus on the following priorities:
- Promote third-sector led support for combination prevention and harm reduction throughout the continuum of care.
- Promote the prompt diagnosis, especially through frequent testing, of both HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Address stigma associated with HIV.
- Address the wider determinants of high risk sexual behaviour such as mental health and drug and alcohol misuse.
- Support the integration of HIV prevention into health promotion and service delivery in other health areas (eg integration into sexual and reproductive health services, primary care pregnancy planning and antenatal care).
- Support increased knowledge, awareness and understanding of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV as a prevention stratagem, especially in currently under-served populations (eg higher-risk heterosexuals, women, black and other ethnic minorities, men who have sex with men and transsexual communities).
Projects should be up to 12 months in duration and must have measurable outcomes and the potential to be replicated and scaled by others.
Applications will need to demonstrate the involvement of a Local Authority team responsible for HIV prevention (public health/commissioning) either through their endorsement or through partnership working.
It is expected that successfully funded projects will help strengthen partnership working with local sexual health and HIV services, other voluntary sector collaborators or both. Projects should ensure they are designed to complement the current national HIV Prevention England (HPE) Programme and any locally delivered programmes.
The first step is to register an interest and this must be done by 31 August 2018.
The deadline for applications is 4 September 2018 (midnight).
Further details can be found on the PHE website
Source: PHE, 20/07/2018