PAN has recently released a new report, Evaluation Survey Report: PHAC’s HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF) Processes and Impacts – reported by community-based organizations in BC.
The following is from the Executive Summary, which outlines the history of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funding and the evaluation of the the new funding process. (Read the complete report)
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) integrated its funding for community-based organizations into the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF) following a stakeholder consultation process in 2014. PHAC solicited Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the new CAF in February 2016. While the amount of investment remained unchanged from previous years, a marked shift was seen in priorities including a stronger focus on prevention, priority populations and eligible activities.
Through the CAF solicitation process, many organizations – here in BC and across Canada – that had been previously funded by PHAC were not funded. The outcome of the CAF solicitation process led to concerns about the structural and HIV and HCV service gaps. As part of the advocacy efforts to address these concerns, the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) launched a survey to better understand and evaluate the CAF – the Letters of Intent (LOI) process and the subsequent Transitional Funding process or full proposal application process, and their impact on PAN member and allied organizations and the communities they serve.