September 6, 2017
This information was originally posted by AIDS United.
AIDS United, in partnership with Funders Concerned About AIDS, and with generous support from Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and ViiV Healthcare, is pleased to announce the opportunity for grant support through the Southern HIV Impact Fund.
The U.S. South has an extremely disproportionate burden of HIV, compared with other regions in the country. Southerners are more likely to contract HIV and they are dying at higher rates of AIDS as well. Structural barriers such as poverty, inadequate education, HIV stigma, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and unequal access to insurance and specialized HIV care, pose significant obstacles to accessing treatment and support.
The Southern HIV Impact Fund focuses on the needs of individuals and communities affected by HIV in three primary areas: prevention; care and support; and policy, advocacy, and movement building. To maximize efforts and impact, this new initiative explicitly focuses on increasing cross-sectional work among traditionally HIV-focused organizations and those with little or no prior HIV experience, but with a history of working to advance social justice and/or civil rights. Organizations working in the intersecting fields of racial and social justice, gender equality and reproductive rights, LGBTQ, immigration, detention, and mass incarceration, among others, are well-positioned to positively impact the social determinants of health that have significant implications for people living with or at risk for HIV in the South.