AIDS United, Alicia Keys Announce Grantees of the EMPOWERED Community Grants Program

Community-based organizations to develop programs focused on women and HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 1, 2013 – Four community-based organizations will each receive $20K to help advance community-level efforts focused on women and HIV/AIDS, thanks to grants awarded by 14-time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate Alicia Keys and AIDS United.  The grants are part of the EMPOWERED Community Grants program, which is part of a broader effort by Keys to reach women in the U.S about HIV/AIDS called EMPOWERED, a cross-platform public information campaign developed with Greater Than AIDS.

The EMPOWERED Community Grants Program grantees are:

  • Creative Arts Team – Research Foundation of the City University of NY – New York, NY
  • Frannie Peabody Center – Portland, Maine
  • North Carolina AIDS Action Network – Durham, NC  
  • SisterLove – Atlanta, GA

According to Vignetta Charles, Ph.D., AIDS United Senior Vice President, the process to review and award EMPOWERED Community Grants was the most competitive AIDS United has ever had, with 218 applications being submitted for four grantee slots, each proposing innovative and impactful women-centered HIV programs.  In addition to the grantees, finalists also included:

  • AIDS Arms, Inc. - Dallas, TX
  • Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) - Washington, DC
  • Positive Women’s Network (PWN-USA) - Oakland, CA
  • The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. - New York, NY
  • The Women's Collective - Washington, DC

Keys serves on the Advisory Council for the EMPOWERED Community Grants Program, and was an active participant in the grantee review and selection process. 

“It was beautiful to see how many wonderful community-based organizations are making an impact around the country,” said Keys. “I was so impressed by the extraordinary finalists and am excited to recognize the four organizations that will launch the EMPOWERED Community Grants Program,” said Keys.  “They are so committed to their communities, I am more confident than ever of the positive impact we can have together!  This is just the beginning!"

 “AIDS United has long supported women-centered, community driven HIV prevention and care programs aimed at women, said Vignetta Charles, Ph.D, AIDS United Senior Vice President. “That is why we are so honored and proud to have been selected by Alicia Keys and the Kaiser Family Foundation to be a part of this exciting new program.  Through the EMPOWERED Community Grants Program, we are taking action to help our most vulnerable populations of women protect themselves – and those they love – from continuing the spread of the virus, and helping to create an AIDS-free generation in America.” 

For more information about the EMPOWERED Community Grants Program, please visit