1126 Dickinson Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Phone: (908) 351-7727 x 276
Fax: (908) 353-5460
Title: Technical Assistance and Capacity Development Demonstration Grant Program for HIV/AIDS Related Services in Minority Communities
Project Period: September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008
Project Amount Funded (FY 2005): $278,250
Project Director: Jeff Blanchard
The goal of the Technical Assistance and Capacity Development Demonstration Grant Program for HIV/AIDS Related Services in Minority Communities project is to equip organizations with the tools, knowledge, and expertise to maintain a sound, functional and efficient organizational infrastructure that can support sustained, quality and effective community-level HIV prevention initiatives. The project works with minority-serving organizations within Union, Essex, and Hudson Counties. A total of 60 will be assisted over the course of the project period.
Through intake forms and a system of self-evaluation, the project assesses needs for capacity building services within prospective organizations for the purpose of developing a client-centered capacity building assistance plan. The “Elements of an Effectively Managed Organization” tool (developed by the Support Center for Nonprofit Management) is used to help establish baseline information on organizational aspects such as mission, planning, structure, people, systems, results and quality, leadership, and relationships. Carefully selected consultants are matched to organizations to provide individualized assistance based on the capacity building work plans. Throughout the project period, cultural competency is incorporated into the capacity building process to ensure cultural relevance and appropriateness of interventions, educational materials, and service delivery. Organizations with specific requests are triaged to a capacity building coordinator for case management. Four case conference meetings are held each year to discuss the status of cases and brainstorm about challenging cases requiring special attention. Monthly mailings are sent to a regional Listserv of HIV/AIDS organizations on topics related to organizational development. A survey is administered to determine training needs among participating organizations. Four group level trainings are conducted each year addressing such topics as strategic planning, grants writing, fiscal management, and board development.