The Elton John AIDS Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.4 million in support of efforts aimed at slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS and addressing the needs of people affected by the disease.
Sixteen renewal grants and nine new grants were awarded to scale programs that address factors driving the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Syringe Access Fund, a grantmaking partnership of AIDS United, the Irene Diamond Fund, the Open Society Foundations, and the Levi Strauss Foundation, was awarded a two-year renewal grant of $2 million to reduce injection-related transmissions of HIV. Other renewal grants include $300,000 to the Transgender Law Center in support of its efforts to increase the visibility and participation of transgender people with HIV/AIDS in developing solutions for ending the epidemic; $200,000 to the National Black Justice Coalition in support of its Black LGBT Health and Wellness Initiative; and $150,000 to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation for its Greater Than AIDS “We Are Family” Campaign: Increasing Social Support for Young MSM Living with HIV in the South.
New grants include $100,000 to the New Jersey AIDS Partnership to improve access to PreP medication for young gay men in New Jersey; $75,000 to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles to research the true scope of the effects of HIV criminalization laws in California; and $23,500 to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to underwrite continued operating costs associated with an exhibit highlighting the late Ryan White’s struggle against AIDS and intolerance.
"For more than twenty years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been committed to confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic where it exists," said the singer. "Our newest round of grants supports exciting and innovative projects addressing transgender health, homeless LGBT youth, the continued criminalization of HIV-positive people, and the syringe services for people who inject drugs. We also remain focused on increasing access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for all."
For a complete list of the grants, visit the EJAF website.