Civil society organisations in Barbados, which engage in HIV-related work, will soon be eligible for funding support as part of the National AIDS Programme.

The National HIV/AIDS Commission (NHAC) is inviting suitable candidates to apply for $10 000 to $20 000 grants, to pursue HIV-related projects as part of the Second Government of Barbados World Bank HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Project.

This Public Sector Civil Society Grant System, through the work of locally-based organisations, is seeking to further increase the adoption of safe behaviour among those populations at higher risk; increase access to prevention, treatment and social care for key populations at higher risk; strengthen organisational and institutional structures that govern the National AIDS Programme; and increase the use of quality data for problem identification, strategy definition and measuring results.

The NHAC Secretariat will be coordinating this World Bank-financed project that will be providing the grants over a 12-month period.

Eligible applicants include: all structured Barbados-based civil society organisations that engage in HIV programming; all locally-based civil society organisations with a recognised record of achievement in the community and a track record of integrity and designs of to undertaking HIV programming; and/or all Barbados-based civil society organisations with the capacity to manage and successfully implement the proposed HIV activity/intervention. Locally registered charitable organisations that are willing to undertake HIV-related interventions are also eligible to apply.

Interested parties may collect proposal forms from the NHAC at its Warrens office and all completed forms must be returned no later than Thursday, September 15, 2011.??

Should there be no confirmation of submission received, the office may be contacted at csogrants@hiv-aids.gov.bb or at telephone no. 310-1000/2.

Proposals must be submitted in writing and must not exceed 10 pages inclusive of the Civil Society Organisation Grant Proposal Form and appendices. Where a joint proposal is submitted, the Proposal Form must be accompanied by a letter signed by the partnering organisation.

All expressions of interest should be addressed to: The Director, National HIV/AIDS Commission, 2nd Floor East, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael BB12001.

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