The Elton John AIDS Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to fifty-seven organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways.
The December grants, which boosted the foundation's 2016 giving to $8.6 million, include $15,000 to ACT UP/NY in New York City in support of the organization's efforts to end the AIDS epidemic; $50,000 to the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care in Reston, Virginia, for an awareness and advocacy project aimed at mobilizing nurses to help end HIV criminalization; $70,000 to Baltimore-based FreeState Justice in support of its efforts to provide free legal services and policy advocacy for low-income LGBT people; and $50,000 to Selma AIR in Selma, Alabama, in support of its efforts to prevent AIDS deaths and the spread of HIV in the state by providing comprehensive educational opportunities, access to quality health services and free HIV testing, and resources related to improving the quality of life for persons living with the virus.
"For nearly twenty-five years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been committed to aggressively confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic where it exists," said EJAF founder Sir Elton John. "We are proud of this newest round of investments, in which we support work in over fifty locations, from vital medical services to creative cutting edge activism on some of the most pressing issues of our time."
For a list of the December grants, see the EJAF website.