Washington, D.C.-based AIDS United has announced grants totaling $1.4 million to twenty-one organizations across nine Southern states to advance the rights, health, and dignity of people affected by HIV.
Funded by the Ford Foundation, the grants were awarded through the organization’s Southern REACH Initiative, which supports targeted policy and advocacy efforts driven by and for people in the South affected by HIV. The Ford Foundation has supported the initiative for the past ten years.
"We are proud to support the individuals and organizations working to disrupt inequality, especially in the American South, where systemic injustice, discrimination and harmful laws, and prejudicial policies are still far too pervasive," said Ford Foundation president Darren Walker.
Grant recipients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are working to address a range of issues, including voter mobilization, expanding legal services in the area of housing and employment discrimination, and combating unjust HIV criminalization laws. Grantees include AIDS Alabama in Birmingham, the Counter Narrative Project in Atlanta, the Mississippi Center for Justice in Jackson, the South Carolina HIV Task Force in Columbia, and the Valley AIDS Council in Harlingen, Texas.
"The HIV epidemic and its associated disparities will continue to rage on until we harness the political will needed to challenge and then change the policies that fuel it. And that’s exactly what Southern REACH grantees are doing," said AIDS United president and CEO Michael Kaplan. "We are so thankful for the Ford Foundation's leadership and unparalleled support for ending the HIV epidemic and promoting human dignity throughout the region."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the AIDS United website.