The Elton John AIDS Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.3 million to nonprofits working to address the needs of people affected by AIDS in the Caribbean, Latin America, the American South, and elsewhere.
The sixteen new and thirty-six renewal grants — the organization's final round of grants for the calendar year that ended in December — boosted its total giving in 2012 to more than $7.4 million and will fund a range of projects, including HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care services; legal services; organizational development; and policy and advocacy. Several grants also were awarded in support of initiatives to advance AIDS-related policy, including support for the reauthorization and implementation of the Ryan White Care Act, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, full implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and repeal of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange.
New grant recipients announced by the organization include Partners In Health, which received $500,000 to provide comprehensive HIV care in St. Marc, Haiti; AIDS United, which was awarded $200,000 to help end AIDS in the United States; and the Georgia AIDS Coalition, which received $40,000 in support of its advocacy activities. Renewal grants included $150,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation for its work to advance the rights of prisoners with HIV; $250,000 to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research in support of its efforts in Latin America; and $35,580 to the Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council for its Facilitating Access to Coordinated Treatment (FACT) program.
EJAF also awarded emergency grants of $25,000 each to Bailey House, the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, and Project Hospitality to help all three organizations recover from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and provide services for people living with HIV/AIDS who were displaced from their homes and jobs by the storm.
For a complete list of grants, visit the EJAF Web site.