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Southern HIV Impact Fund RFP
AIDS United, in partnership with Funders Concerned About AIDS, and with generous support from Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and ViiV Healthcare, is pleased to announce the opportunity for grant support through the Southern HIV Impact Fund.

The U.S. South has an extremely disproportionate burden of HIV, compared with other regions in the country. Southerners are more likely to contract HIV and they are dying at higher rates of AIDS as well. Structural barriers such as poverty, inadequate education, HIV stigma, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and unequal access to insurance and specialized HIV care, pose significant obstacles to accessing treatment and support.

The Southern HIV Impact Fund focuses on the needs of individuals and communities affected by HIV in three primary areas: prevention; care and support; and policy, advocacy and movement building. To maximize efforts and impact, this new initiative explicitly focuses on increasing cross-sectional work among traditionally HIV-focused organizations and those with little or no prior HIV experience, but with a history of working to advance social justice and/or civil rights. Organizations working in the intersecting fields of racial and social justice, gender equality and reproductive rights, LGBTQ, immigration, detention and mass incarceration, among others are well-positioned to positively impact the social determinants of health that have significant implications for people living with or at risk for HIV in the South.

The goals of the Southern HIV Impact Fund are to:
  • Increase collaborative efforts across the U.S. South to end HIV and reduce health disparities;
  • Catalyze a demonstrable increase in leadership in the U.S. South that is more reflective of the regional HIV epidemic, while also providing support to current leaders; and
  • Increase resources to the South, both through technical assistance and grantmaking.

Through the Southern HIV Impact Fund, AIDS United will provide a combination of cash grants and technical assistance to community-based and social justice organizations and coalitions in nine Southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Applicants are eligible to apply for funding up to $100,000 and must be able to utilize funds within a 12-month period beginning December 1, 2017, and ending November 30, 2018.

AIDS United is providing two methods of submission for this initiative – written application and phone/video conference call:
  • Written applications are due no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on September 29, 2017.
  • Phone/video conference call application - appointments must be made no later than September 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

Extended deadline for organizations affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:

  • Written applications are due no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on October 9, 2017.
  • Phone/video conference call application - appointments must be made no later than September 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

Late applications will NOT be considered. All applications must be submitted electronically via AIDS United’s online application system or via telephone/video conference call. Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) here.

    

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Continue Written Application
Schedule Phone/Video Application
Applications are due September 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET.
Extended deadline for organizations affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: September 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET.

Request for Proposals (RFP)
FAQ
Diversity Table
2017-18 Project Budget Workbook

Assistance during the Application Process

AIDS United is committed to assisting eligible applicants with the preparation of a complete and responsive application to the Southern HIV Impact Fund. Our staff is available to answer any questions and to provide technical support. Please email questions and requests for assistance to the Southern HIV Impact Fund staff at southernfund@aidsunited.org, with your organization’s name in the subject line of the message. You may also call Melanie Powers, Program Manager, at (404) 594-5410.


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