The COMPASS Coordinating Centers provide community grants to organizations across the Southern United States to support the development of programs and activities that align with programmatic focus areas of the COMPASS Initiative. Three different funding mechanisms are available through the Coordinating Centers: Core grants, SPARK! grants, and Transformative grants.

To learn more about each type of grant, eligibility, and funding cycles, please click on the appropriate grant below.

Due to overwhelming response, we are not currently accepting new Core Grant submissions. The submission process will re-open on January 7th, 2019.

We encourage you to continue preparing your application for submission in January 2019 when the submission process re-opens. You can subscribe to receive email updates and announcements regarding the COMPASS Initiative, including reminders for when Core Grants reopen. We also encourage you and your organization to apply for one of our many training opportunities or learn more about our Shared Learning Opportunities coming in January 2019.

If you have already applied for a Core Grant and are inquiring about the status of your application, please e-mail emory@gileadcompass.com.

About Core Grants: These grants provide funding support, up to $4,500 per organization, for a variety of organizational and staff resources, including technology and software, meeting space costs, conference attendance fees, professional development, and continuing education. Funding requests cannot already be covered by your organization’s existing funding sources, and must be related to building organizational capacity in the following areas: governance and leadership; mission, values, and strategy; finance and administration; resource development; strategic relationships and coalition building; communications; internal management and operations; and service delivery and impact.

Funding Opportunities

Funding Area Amount Description
Technology up to $4,500
  • Must provide at least 3 quotes for equipment/software/training or a justification if sole source
  • Must have an IT infrastructure that can support the new equipment/software and future maintenance costs (e.g. physical plant, qualified staff support, software licensing renewals, etc.)
  • All service requests are FINAL; no ongoing maintenance, licensing, or support will be provided after the initial purchase
  • Staff Continuing Education Support up to $3,000
  • Mentoring/Twinning travel and expenses, conference travel, training travel and expenses are allowable requests
  • Services provided by an affiliated organization or a consultant not referred by COMPASS Initiative staff will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • The Emory University Rollins School of Public Health COMPASS Coordinating Center will pay for a training/class and will provide a travel stipend toward travel costs (up to $200)
  • Community Meeting Space Support up to $2,000
  • Can include refreshments, space, and AV rental costs.
  • This does NOT include conference sponsorship or planning. Funds are intended to support consortium, network, or planning group meetings and activities NOT supported or funded by CDC, NIH, or other grantors’ services requiring these convenings
  • ELIGIBILITY

    Criteria Description
    HIV Focused Applicants must be non-profit organizations for which a focus of the organization is to reduce new HIV infections and/or improve the health of people living with HIV.
    Geographic Location Applicants must be located in and doing work in one of nine (9) Deep South states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas.
    Non-Profit Status Applications must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply.
    Capacity Building Focused Explain how this support will help build sustainable capacity within their organization.
    Evaluation Applicants must agree to work with our evaluation partners, if funded, to help measure the impact of the funding support provided. All organizations will also be required to complete a brief organizational survey before funds can be dispersed.

    Due to overwhelming response, we are not currently accepting new SPARK! Grant submissions. The submission process will re-open on January 7th, 2019.

    We encourage you to continue preparing your application for submission in January 2019 when the submission process re-opens. You can subscribe to receive email updates and announcements regarding the COMPASS Initiative, including reminders for when SPARK! Grants reopen. We also encourage you and your organization to apply for one of our many training opportunities or learn more about our Shared Learning Opportunities coming in January 2019.

    If you have already applied for a SPARK! Grant and are inquiring about the status of your application, please e-mail compass@southernaidscoalition.com.

    About SPARK! Grants: Today, HIV is a chronic, manageable condition for many Americans. Despite significant progress in care and treatment, however, HIV-related stigma remains a significant challenge in the Deep South. For those of us living with HIV, stigma is associated with negative health outcomes like poor medication adherence and missed medical appointments. As a result, fewer of us receive timely medical care and treatment, fewer of us have our virus suppressed, and too many of us are missing out on the opportunity to preserve our health and avoid transmitting the virus to our partners. For those of us at risk for HIV, fear of stigma and discrimination often impacts our willingness to even get tested.

    Despite numerous studies, we still have much to learn about HIV-related stigma. Nonetheless, we know that the stigma we experience often results from ignorance, fear-based myths, and a general lack of awareness in our communities. Public marketing campaigns were once an important strategy for changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, these campaigns are scarce in the Deep South and their messages often do not reflect the landmark scientific advances that have transformed what it means to live with HIV.

    That’s why the Southern AIDS Coalition is excited to introduce SPARK! (Southerners Promoting Awareness and Real Knowledge), a grant program to fund community-led grassroots campaigns across the Deep South. With this program, we are turning to you as the expert on how to promote awareness and real knowledge around HIV and AIDS in your community. Funding for SPARK! campaigns range from $2,500 to $25,000, with the amount of funding reflective of the scope of the campaign and cost of planned media platforms.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Criteria Description
    Geographic Location Applicants must be located in and doing work in one of nine (9) Deep South states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas.
    Non-Profit Status Applications must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply.
    Implementation Period Your campaign should be able to be implemented within six (6) months of approval.
    Evaluation Applicants must agree to work with our evaluation partners, if funded, to help measure the impact of the funding support provided. All organizations will also be required to complete a brief organizational survey before funds can be dispersed.

    The Transformative Grant funding cycle has closed for 2018.

    Please subscribe to receive email updates and announcements regarding the COMPASS Initiative, including details regarding the 2019 Transformative Grant funding cycle. We’d also love for you to check back on December 1st to learn more about the 2018-2019 Transformative Grant recipients.

    We also encourage you and your organization to apply for one of our many training opportunities or learn more about our Shared Learning Opportunities coming in January 2019.