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Relief, Recovery and Resilience Fund
AIDS United has relaunched our Relief, Recovery and Resilience Fund (formerly the HIV Disaster Relief Fund), which was established to help meet the immediate and urgent needs of people living with and at risk for HIV in regions affected by urgent crises like earthquakes and hurricanes, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund supports access to HIV care, housing, food and much more.

Through the Relief, Recovery and Resilience Fund, AIDS United will provide grants of up to $15,000 to help organizations address the community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current available funds total $150,000, but we are continuing to add resources from donations from both individual donors and our philanthropic partners. (If you would like to contribute to this effort, donate now.)

AIDS United is making funds available, through this request for applications, to assist in meeting the needs of organizations serving people living with and at risk for HIV and AIDS, and that are experiencing challenges meeting their community’s needs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Competitive organizations must have an HIV focus and utilize a social and racial justice framework.

Additionally, applicants must clearly articulate the importance of the issue or challenge that they or their community (communities) is (are) experiencing, the current opportunity to address it, and why the applicant is the appropriate entity to address the stated challenge.

Funding priorities

While all requests that fall within the eligibility parameters will be considered, the current funding priorities are to support organizations that provide support services for people living with HIV and those most affected by HIV or conduct advocacy on behalf of people living with HIV and those most affected by HIV. In addition, organizations must:

  • Be located in the South (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas). -OR-
  • Serve people who use drugs. -OR-
  • Serve communities of color, especially Black communities.

Preference will be given to organizations that are led by people who represent the communities they serve, specifically people who use drugs; transgender and gender-nonconforming people; Black and Latinx communities; other communities of color; people who experience oppressive policing and mass incarceration; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer people.


Receipt of funds — Applicants (or their fiscal sponsor) must have the capacity to receive award funds electronically. Currently, AIDS United’s offices are all virtual and therefore, we are unable to print and send paper checks at this time.

Geographic location — Applicants must be located and perform work within any of the following: the 50 states in the U.S., Washington, D.C., Native American reservations/tribal lands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Nonprofit status — Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, per the guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service with proper 501(c)(3) status. Appropriate verification of this federal status will be undertaken by AIDS United before final grant decisions are made. Organizations or coalitions that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor.

Financial stability
— Organizations should be fiscally stable and viable prior to submission of the funding application. These funds are not intended to serve as a replacement for discontinued funding.

Grant period
— Applicant must be able to implement all project activities and utilize the funds within six months of award payment.

Application process

Application content — Applicants must respond to the application questions below and provide the organization’s (or fiscal sponsor’s) 501(c)(3) determination letter, completed W-9, a summary project budget and fiscal sponsor agreement (if fiscally sponsored). Additional materials that will provide substantial support to the grant request may be submitted.

— Send applications via email to in accordance with the application instructions below.

Award amounts
— The range of grant awards is $5,000 to $15,000. Special consideration for larger funding requests may be given based on need and availability of resources.

Application decisions — Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made by a committee comprised of people who represent the priority communities.

Timeline — The anticipated time between application submission and notification of a decision is two to three weeks. This fund will remain open to receive applications as long as funds are available.

Questions — Please feel free to email if you have any questions about the fund or the application. We respectfully ask for your patience and request that you refrain from reaching out after application submission for at least three weeks.

Please review the following instructions and requirements carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Applications must be sent via email ( and should be sent as an attached Word document. In the subject line, please put “RRR Fund” and indicate under which priority you are applying (noted under “Grant request categories”).

Please include the following information in your application and adhere to the directions provided below. Responses should be brief with the font no smaller than 11-point, and the application no longer than two pages. 

Organizational information 

  • Organization name
  • Organization address
  • Authorizing official name, title and email
  • Contact person name, title and email
  • Phone number
  • Website
  • Organization mission
  • Total organizational budget
  • Annual syringe service budget*

If applicable, fiscal sponsor:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact person name, title and email
  • Phone number
  • Website

Other information

How did you find out about the Relief, Recovery and Resilience Fund?

Grant request categories

  • Serving people who use drugs.
  • Serving Southerners living with HIV and/or who are most affected by HIV.
  • Serving communities of colors, especially Black communities.

Grant request

  1. Please state the grant amount you are requesting. The maximum grant award will be $15,000.
  2. Briefly describe the intended use of funds. What is the immediate opportunity or challenge related to COVID-19 that your project will address? Please be as specific as possible on how the funds will be used. Also, please include a general itemization on how the funds will be used.
  3. Briefly share the actual or potential impact of COVID-19 on your agency and the community.
  4. Briefly describe the communities you serve with your program (e.g., people who use drugs) and how you will ensure meaningful involvement of those communities. How does your organization identify and respond to racial and ethnic disparities to ensure equitable services for the communities you serve?
  5. How does the proposed project intersect with social and racial justice and HIV?
  6. How will success be measured? How will you know you have succeeded? Please include at least two bench marks for success.


Please submit the following items as attachments:
  1. Your organization’s (or your fiscal sponsor’s) 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.
  2. Your organization's current W-9 form.
  3. A summary project budget including anticipated expenses and any other sources of revenue to be used in support of the activities outlined in your proposal. If your organization has a fiscal sponsor, please specify the fee, and include it in the budget. You may use this template or your own formatted budget.
  4. An overall organizational budget (or fiscal sponsor’s organizational budget, if applicable).
  5. A signed fiscal sponsor agreement (if applicable).

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