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Application and Selection Process

How to Apply

The Tom Lantos grants encourage members of the PH community to pursue original ways to advance our cause. However, not every applicant needs to create an idea from scratch. One largely unexplored purpose of the award is to fund the replication or expansion of established ideas.

With several weeks before the March 31st application deadline, consider the ways you might be able to use a grant to enhance an already existing project. Consider starting with these directions or develop your own:

  • Extend it to a new population
  • Offer it in a different geographic location
  • Add a new component that could make the program even stronger
  • Subtract an element from the program and substitute something you think may work better
  • Produce a similar item with a similar purpose (poster, video, etc.), but change the message to make it your own
  • Translate something into a different language to reach a new audience

Whichever direction you decide to take, keep in mind that the best applications express a clear goal and specific, achievable steps to reach that goal. Take the time to assess what help you may need to carry through on your idea and how you will arrange for needs such as volunteer support, design and printing services. If your idea is to produce something that others can use, be sure to devise a system for distributing the item to the intended audience.

Before you apply, PHA staff are available to discuss ideas you many have. The grant program provides a new opportunity for applicants with promising applications to receive feedback from the selection committee. In these cases, applications that might need more work have a greater chance to receive funding.

Visit www.PHAssociation.org/TomLantosAwards for more information.


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