Community Mini-Awards

Third Coast CFAR goals are to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS research and support the work of our community partners to end the HIV epidemic in Chicago. View previously funded Community Mini Awards

Third Coast affiliate members from community not-for-profit organizations can request funds to support workshops, seminars, or small conferences where Third Coast CFAR (or other HIV-related) research can be disseminated to the community. Applicants must contact CFAR one month in advance of the application to coordinate CFAR attendance for the event.

Creative mechanisms for disseminating research are invited.


A Third Coast affiliate member from a not-for-profit community organization will serve as the principal investigator, and collaborations are supported. All key personnel on the proposal should register for membership. It is free and it is simple to register online here.


All community-mini Awards are funded for one year, up to $2000.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to contact Justin Schmandt, Third Coast CFAR Assistant Director for Community Interactions & External Communication ( prior to submission of a proposal. He will advise on project and budget development, university and CFAR goals and policies that may apply, and can suggest CFAR faculty members who can provide collaboration, advice, or sponsorship for the proposal if needed.

  • Short, one-page application completed online
  • Instructions are available here
  • Click here to access the one-page application