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Sector Transformation FAQ
Thank you for your interest in AIDS United’s Sector Transformation program! We offer support to help organizations across the United States (including Puerto Rico) navigate transformational change. The information below will likely answer some of your questions as you think about applying.

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What is the Application Process for Sector Transformation Assistance?
To apply for a grant, first complete a Letter of Inquiry Form by March 14, 2018 to be considered for the grant review.

What is Sector Transformation?
With advances in HIV prevention and treatment, shifts in government and private funding priorities, and implementation of health care reform, organizations – particularly many community-based and culturally-specific organizations – around the country are encountering both opportunities and challenges to sustaining critical services addressing HIV and AIDS in their communities. These challenges are prompting many entities to reflect on their services and the needs of their communities, and develop strategies and partnerships to help necessary services survive.

What kind of support is available?
Sector Transformation support includes cash grants to organizations for transformational efforts. A maximum of $30,000 will be awarded to support specific organizational needs (personnel and program/legal expenses) directly related to the proposed restructuring activities

Who is eligible for Sector Transformation assistance?
All applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt 501c3 organizations or have a fiscal agent. The Sector Transformation program works with HIV-focused community-based organizations that are led by and serving marginalized communities (including MSM of color, women of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, people who use drugs, and sex workers). The Sector Transformation program works with HIV-focused community-based organizations with a social justice vision that are led by and serving marginalized communities (including MSM of color, women of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, people who use drugs, and sex workers).

Grant funding is only available to organizations that are actively engaged in organizational restructuring activities. Documentation of Board approval and engagement in these activities is required.

What are the deadlines for Sector Transformation requests?
Letters of inquiry are reviewed on a rolling basis. Grant applications (accepted by invitation only) will be reviewed in March and May of 2018. To be considered for the March review, letters of inquiry must be submitted by by March 14.

Restructuring negotiations can be very delicate. How do you assure discretion and privacy?
All inquiries, proposals, and applications will be reviewed internally by AIDS United staff to maintain discretion for the applicant’s sector transformation proposal. AIDS United understands that sector transformation is often a private process. Please be assured that all inquiries will be treated with confidentiality.

What is the award period for grants?
Applicants may apply for a maximum of 12 months of funding. AIDS United will also consider proposals with shorter grant cycles (6 or 9 months, for example). Given the nature of sector transformation, we recognize that there are projects that are in need of funding and/or technical assistance that may not require an entire year to execute and others that may require far more, though funding is never provided for more than one year at a time under this initiative.

What expenses can a Sector Transformation grant cover?
Invited applicants should apply for necessary funding, up to a maximum amount of $30,000. As with any funding opportunity, grant requests might not be approved for the full amount.

Grant funds may be used for the following:
  • Direct personnel and program/legal expenses for sector transformation efforts
  • Indirect expenses directly related to the proposed project activities (not to exceed 15%)
Prohibited expenses include:
  • Expenses not directly related to the proposed project
  • Medication or medical care
  • Facility acquisition or renovation
  • Deficit reduction or debt payment
  • Displacement of existing funding sources
  • Indirect expenses over 15%
  • Program or organizational development

What are some examples of projects that Sector Transformation grants can support?
AIDS United provides Sector Transformation grants to support organizations actively engaged in transformational projects, such as:
  • Expansion of services
  • Development of strategic alliances or partnerships
  • Mission expansion or rebranding
  • Transition to FQHC or FQCH look-alike status
  • Post-merger integrations
  • Responsible closures
  • Mergers or consolidations
  • ...and so much more!

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