The Elton John AIDS Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.1 million to organizations and institutions working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways.
Thirty-six renewal grants and two new grants were awarded in support of programs that address factors driving the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Recipients of renewal grants include AIDS Alabama in Birmingham, which was awarded a grant of $100,000 to strengthen and broaden its capacity for policy and advocacy work; Casa Ruby in Washington, D.C., which will receive $150,000 to expand its HIV prevention services for transgender people of color in the nation's capital; the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation in Corpus Christi, Texas, which was awarded $60,000 to expand its LGBT Youth programs; and the Center for HIV Law and Policy in New York City, which will receive a grant of $250,000 in support of policy reform and capacity-building efforts aimed at reducing the impact of HIV on vulnerable and marginalized communities.
New grants announced by the foundation include $200,000 to the University of Miami School of Medicine for an innovative HIV testing program in which community health workers visit people's homes and offer oral rapid HIV testing; and $25,000 to the YES Institute, also based in Miami, in support of a training program designed to help doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health therapists, teachers, and clergy understand non-discrimination standards and competency in working with LGBTQ people and HIV-positive people.
"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 Elton John. "We are proud of this newest round of investments, in which we fund advocacy and services in over twenty locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic."