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. For more information, go to: http://greaterthan.org/campaign/empowered/


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. The EMPOWERED Community Grants program offers support to the HIV/AIDS community at a critical and historic time – to continue progress of recent decreases in HIV among women.

The number of women with HIV in the United States has grown steadily for the last 30 years. In 1985, only eight percent of new U.S. cases were in women. By 1992, it was 14 percent. Today, women account for at least 27 percent of new U.S. cases.  The time is NOW for the EMPOWERED campaign!

The EMPOWERED Community Grants program is supporting innovative programs for marginalized, underserved populations of women that don't have or can't get  prevention and care services.  The first 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

The EMPOWERED Community Grants Program also is supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

To read the press release announcing the first cohort of EMPOWERED grantees, click here. 

An advisory committee reviewed roposals from community-based organizations, and made recommendations to AIDS United, who made the awards and administer the grants.  The advisory committee includes:

  • Dawn Averitt – Founder and Chair of the Well Project
  • Dr. Ada Adimora – Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina
  • Paurvi Bhatt – Independent Technical Expert
  • Tayla Colton – Senior Director of Programs, Keep a Child Alive
  • Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick – Medical Director, Infectious Disease Care Center at the United Medical Center
  • Anu Gupta – Director, Corporate Contributions Division, Johnson & Johnson
  • Vanessa Johnson, JD – National Coordinator, National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC)
  • Alicia Keys – Singer-songwriter; Co-Founder Keep a Child Alive; HIV/AIDS advocate
  • Naina Khanna - Executive Director, Positive Women's Network – US (PWN-USA)
  • Terry McGovern – Professor of Health and Human Rights, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Leisha McKinley-Beach – Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Technical Assistance, The Black AIDS Institute



You, too, can be EMPOWERED and help bring critical HIV programs to women in the United States, and help create an AIDS-free generation! 
  • Click here to join the EMPOWERED Awareness Campaign on Facebook!
  • Click here to find out more about becoming a corporate or foundation funding partner for the EMPOWERED Community Grants Program!
  • Click here to make an individual donation and help support HIV prevention and care for U.S. Women through the EMPOWERED Community Grants Program.