Direct HIV/HCV Testing
CSFA Number: 482-00-1535
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Stacy Grundy
(217) 557-3676
Stacy.Grundy@illinois.gov
Short Description
This competitive grant application will provide funding to agencies that are interested in providing direct targeted HIV and HCV testing services to individuals who are at high risk for acquring HIV and HCV.

Funds will support initial screening and confirmation for populations at greatest risk of acquiring HCV, mainly People who inject drugs (PWID) and for targeting screening for HIV according to the 2018 Prioritized Populations representative of the most recent surviellance and epidemologic profiles of populations most at-risk. Grant funds will include Fee-for-service testing, supplemental services, capacity building, and indirect costs funds to assure screened and confirmed HIV/HCV cases receive necessary linkage to care and medical treatment, insurance application assistance, referrals to services needed to protect health including prevention interventions, and substance abuse treatment and provision of safer injection materials including steril syringes and naloxone through comprehesive harm reduction services.
Subject Area
Healthcare
Program Function
Health
Enabling Legislation
None
Objectives and Goals
The objective and goals are to 1) increase the number of people who inject drugs (PWID) who are screened for HCV 2) increase the number of person's at highest risk for acquiring HIV to be screening for HIV and 3) assure HIV/HCV confirmed cases are linked to Care and medical treatment, receive partner elicitation, referrals to services to protect health including prevention interventions and substance abuse treatment and comprehensive harm reduction services.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
This grant offers Fee for Service Testing funds, Supplemental Services funds,Capacity Building, and Indirect costs.

HIV and HCV Testing Fee-For-Service Funding
Risk based testing are based on fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement. HIV and HCV tests are billable at $100 per test session. HIV testing objectives will be incidence-proportioned by risk, race and ethnicity. HCV testing will target PWID (including MSM/WID) and will be incidence-proportioned by race and ethnicity.

This fee-for-service funding may be used by the grantee to pay for the costs of grant service delivery such as provider staff salaries, fringe, outreach travel costs, supplies, and other related costs. Because this funding is earned through a fee-for-service model, the application budget does not need to specify these costs, only the services through which they will be earned.

Supplemental Services Funding
Supplemental services are also based on fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement. Supplemental Services funding supports follow-up services for clients receiving reactive results for their HIV or HCV test results. Funding allocated for Supplemental Services varies by virus type substantially due to the large differences in expected seropositivity rates, i.e., 1% HIV seropositivity versus 6% HCV seropositivity.

Applications that request capacity building funds must include service capacity-building outcome objectives with implementation activities and their costs. Examples of activities that will be approved include the recruiting of new staff, staff training and professional development for new or current staff relevant to grant service objectives, development of new risk-targeted outreach sites, and effectively targeted client recruitment activities.

Some example Service Capacity-Building Outcomes, Activities and Costs are listed below.

• Outcome: Increase the number of grant-supported staff delivering HIV and HCV-testing.
o Activity: Hire new staff to conduct HIV and HCV testing.
o Costs – salary and fringe costs of new staff hired
o Activity: Train new staff to conduct HIV and HCV testing.
o Costs – salary, fringe, travel costs for training new staff in HIV and HCV testing
• Outcome: Increase the number of risk-targeted sites at which services are delivered.
o Activity: Send staff to investigate potential high risk sites and negotiate linkage agreements to conduct outreach testing there.
o Costs – salary, fringe, travel costs for investigating and negotiating new outreach sites
o Activity: Rent a mobile van to conduct outreach testing near drug sales areas.
o Costs – outreach vehicle rental and fuel costs
• Outcome: Increase the number of clients recruited for specific testing objectives.
o Activity – Leave HCV pamphlets and testing flyers at methadone clinics
o Costs – costs of staff time, travel, pamphlets and flyer copying
o Activity – Recruit Black MSM for HIV testing through Jackd and Grindr geo-social mobile applications
o Costs – equipment cost of tablet and monthly phone cost for mobile app recruitment

The budget should include the proposed capacity outcome objective activities with a narrative justification for each. In EGrAMS under the Grant budget summary section, please see the narrative envelope icon button to upload and provide a detailed justification for each of the costs of implementing those objective activities and line item costs.

Indirect costs funds must be budgeted as one line item for general agency infrastructure (e.g., Executive Director Salary, payroll costs, office building upkeep, etc.). In the application budget, applicants may request no indirect cost rate, the de minimis 10% of the total grant award, or a state or federally approved indirect cost rate.
Eligibility Requirements
An organization may apply if they have prior experience conducting the following activities listed below in a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health HIV or STD Prevention programs, or the Center for Minority Health Services or Local Health Protection Grant Programs, the Illinois Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse or the Chicago Department of Public Health. The applicant must demonstrate how they have effectively engaged prioritized risk populations for HIV including gay or bisexually active males, high risk heterosexual (HRH) women and men, persons who currently or formerly injected drugs (PWID), particularly those who are transgender or who are representative of racial or ethnic minorities impacted by poverty.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
a). Applicant must complete each of the pre-award requirements
1. Grantee Registration
2. Grantee Pre-Qualification
3. Fiscal and Administrattive Risk Assessment/Internal Control Questionnaire
4. Programmatic Risk Assessment

b). Applications must be submitted via the Illinois Department of Public Health's Electronic Grants Administration and Management System (EGrAMS), accessible at idphgrants.com.

c). If an applicant is awarded a grant they will be notified via e-mail from EGrAMS.

d). An objective and merit-based grant review and evaluation process will be conducted in EGrAMS to make the final program funding determinations for the SFY2019 (July, 2018-June, 2019) grant awards. This application will be scored in the following categories: Past Grant Service Delivery Performance, Agency Background and Historical Experience, Project Description Narrative, Overall Project Goals, Objectives, and Timelines, Project Evaluation and Assessment Plan, and Detailed Budget and Justification. A score of 75 or above may be considered eligible for funding.

Applications will be reviewed by the Department for compliance with all application requirements.

e). During the course of its review, the Department may contact the applicant for additional information if the information originally submitted is incomplete, inconsistent or unclear. Applicants whom the Department determines to be not eligible for grant funds will be notified in writing of this decision.

f). Grants will be awarded for the “Year One” project period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 and renewed annually for a twelve-month period on 07/01/2019 and 07/01/2020 at the discretion of the Department.
Post Assistance Requirements
a). All agencies receiving funds will be required to submit
quarterly progress reports via the PROVIDE database to the Department grant monitor.

b). All agencies receiving funds will be required to participate in
a site visit for fiscal auditing purposes.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
NA
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2018 : $749,900
FY 2019 : $1,000,000
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details482-00-1535$15000 - $15000004/13/2017 - 05/18/2017 : 5:00 PM
Details482-00-1535$50000 - $20000005/04/2018 - 06/05/2018 : 5:00PM
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