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COMPASS Initiative SPARK! Grants

Gilead COMPASS (COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States) Initiative, Southern AIDS Coalition
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

SPARK! (Southerners Promoting Awareness, Resources, and Knowledge) is a grant program for for community-led campaigns and education initiatives across the Deep South that work to reduce stigma and change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around HIV and AIDS. The program is also currently funding projects that address social isolation and loneliness related to the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals living with HIV.

Funding is provided through two tracks.

  • Track 1: SPARK! Connections projects work to combat social isolation and loneliness through virtual programming, such as social media outreach, one-on-one support, texting programs, and other means of engagement.
  • Track 2: SPARK! Change projects address HIV-related stigma through community-level education, including media campaigns, community conversations, and other programming highlighting the voices of individuals impacted by HIV.

Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status. Eligible organizations must be located in and provide services in one of 9 Deep South states.

Geographic coverage
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas
Amount of funding

Up to $20,000.

Grant funds must be expended by December 31, 2020.

Application process

A link to the online application is available on the program website.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as funds are available.

Tagged as
Community and faith-based initiatives · HIV and AIDS · Stigma · The South · Alabama · Florida · Georgia · Louisiana · Mississippi · North Carolina · South Carolina · Tennessee · Texas

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.