The Elton John AIDS Foundation and AIDS United have announced a three-year, $11 million partnership dedicated to providing services to African-American gay, bisexual, queer, and same-gender loving (GBQ/SGL) men and people who are transgender.
To be managed by AIDS United, the Fund for Resilience, Equity, and Engagement (FREE) will support holistic methods of HIV prevention and care that incorporate intersecting social and economic issues. The initiative also will work to improve the capacity of organizations serving the target communities and ensure that they are positioned for growth and sustainability.
"As grant holder for the initiative, AIDS United is in a position to leverage its broad networks and experience nationally to strengthen and amplify the efforts of the organizations that will be funded under this initiative," said EJAF grants director Mohamed Osman. "We will never end the epidemic if we leave some communities behind. We must prioritize not just programming for heavily affected communities, but investment in programs run and created by them, and policies developed in partnership with them. It is imperative that every sector of the HIV response do more to address the needs of the most marginalized among us, uplifting their voices in the process, if we hope to truly support their long-term health."