Applications for the TB advocacy, communication and social mobilization small grants scheme are now being accepted.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 30 July 2010.
SPC welcomes applications from non government organizations to enhance TB related advocacy, communication and social mobilization efforts in selected Pacific Island countries and territories.
We are pleased to announce that the TB advocacy, communication and social mobilization small grants scheme is being made available with funding support from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
The international strategy for TB control- the Stop TB Strategy- emphasizes the role of advocacy, communication and social mobilization to achieve one of the key components of the strategy; to empower people with TB and communities. TB related advocacy, communication and social mobilization is seen to be essential for achieving a world free of TB and contributes to all components of the Stop TB Strategy.
Further, in the regional Strategic Plan to Stop TB in the Western Pacific (2006-2010) one of the strategic objectives is to ensure equitable access to high quality care for all people with TB. One of the expected results under this objective is country driven advocacy, communication and social mobilization strategy development and implementation. Therefore regional and international TB experts recommend that TB related advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities are important for effective TB control and National TB Programmes are encouraged to incorporate advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities into their programmes.
The TB advocacy, communication and social mobilization small grants scheme recognizes the importance of effective strategies to reduce the stigma associated with TB, to influence health seeking behaviour and to contribute to early case detection and the control of TB at the national level. The small grants scheme seeks to support TB related advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities projects in the Pacific Islands region by providing non government organizations with funding to conduct relevant activities, with direct benefit to the communities and the health and well-being of the local population.
• Applicants must be recognized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in their country of origin.
• Applicants must be located in or affiliated with the following countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga,Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
• The maximum number of grants that any country can receive is one (1) per country.
• The maximum number of grants that any non government organisation can receive is one (1) per non government organisation.
• The minimum amount to be awarded for any one grant is USD 3,000.
• The maximum amount to be awarded for any one grant is USD 25,000.
• These applications must be endorsed by National TB programmes (NTPs) that will work closely with NGOs that submit the applications
We are now inviting applications for our TB advocacy, communication and social mobilization small grants scheme for 2010 and we attach the application form:
Applications will close on Friday 30 July, 2010. All applicants (successful and not successful) will be notified once the decision is made.
For further information relating to the small grants scheme, and to discuss your project ideas please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Tuberculosis Section.
You can submit your application to:
Small Grants Scheme, Tuberculosis Section
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
PO Box D5, NOUMEA CEDEX
Ph. (+687) 26.20.00 Ext. 214, Fax (+687) 26.38.18