Strategic Grantmaking

The National AIDS Fund (now AIDS United) was founded in 1988 to reduce the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS by promoting leadership and generating resources for effective community responses to the epidemic. Through our network of Community Partnerships and targeted Special Initiatives, AIDS United promotes collaborative local planning and provides strategic grants and technical support to more than 400 direct service organizations annually.

AIDS United strategic, community-driven grantmaking initiatives include:

Access to Care (A2C Initiative)
Launched with a multi-million dollar, multi-year commitment from Bristol-Myers Squibb and an expansion grant from Walmart Foundation, AIDS United’s Access to Care (A2C) initiative recently received a $3.6 million federal Social Innovation Fund award to significantly expand the development of community-driven, collaborative programs to improve individual health outcomes and strengthen local services systems, connecting thousands of low-income and marginalized individuals living with HIV to high quality supportive services and HIV specific health care.  Read more

Community Restructuring Investment Program
Supported by a grant from longtime AU funding partner Johnson & Johnson, the Community Restructuring Investment Program is an evolution of AIDS United's former Community Partnerships program, designed to prime a co-hort of those former Partnerships for community transformation. Through cash grants and/or specialized technical assistance, Community Partnerships will be able to assess their community’s needs in response to changes in the HIV/AIDS landscape (the Affordable Care Act in 2014, for example), and begin the process of community restructuring in order to determine an optimal service delivery model. 

EMPOWERED Community Grants Program
Alicia Keys, as part of the EMPOWERED campaign, is spearheading a community grants program to help advance community-level efforts focused on women and HIV/AIDS. The grants program will be administered by AIDS United, with guidance from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  The EMPOWERED Community Grants Program is part of a broader effort by Ms. Keys to reach women in the U.S about HIV/AIDS, including a cross-platform public information campaign developed with Greater Than AIDS, called EMPOWERED.  Other elements include targeted media messages and community outreach.  Greater Than AIDS is a leading response to the U.S. domestic epidemic led by the Kaiser Family Foundation together with the Black AIDS Institute and supported by a broad coalition of public and private sector partners.The EMPOWERED Community Grants program looks to play a strategic role in supporting the development of model programs that address the needs of underserved women. Read more.

m2MPower is designed to reach what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the “population most severely affected by HIV” with targeted capacity-building support, access to care programs, and policy/advocacy activities. The primary goal of the first phase of m2MPower supported through AIDS United’s cooperative agreement with the CDC is to ensure that HIV is a priority for key non-HIV focused organizations serving young gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Read more.

Retention in Care (RiC)
AIDS United's Retention in Care (RiC) initiative is a multi-year partnership with the MAC AIDS Fund to address the intractable barriers that prevent nearly 4 out of 5 HIV+ people to stay on consistent treatment. This initiative is playing a strategic role in supporting the development of model programs that remove the barriers to retention in HIV health care for populations that are underserved and at highest risk of dropping out of care. Read more.

Southern REACH
AIDS United’s Southern REACH (Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS) initiative improves policy/advocacy capacity of organizations in one of the nation’s most impacted regions, the U.S. South. With support from the Ford Foundation, the initiative awards grants to community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in nine Southern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN) to promote smart public policies that address the needs of those most vulnerable to the disease. Read more

Syringe Access Fund
The Syringe Access Fund is a national grantmaking initiative that supports service providers and policy projects to reduce the risk of HIV infection, hepatitis C and other blood-borne pathogens among injection drug users and their sexual partners through expanded access to sterile syringes. Established in 2004, the Syringe Access Fund has been a collaborative effort of various private foundations, corporations and public charities that together have granted over $8 million. Currently, leading partners include the Irene Diamond Fund, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Levi Strauss Foundation, Comer Foundation and AIDS United. Read more