Grant opportunities

AIDS United’s grant-making portfolio dates back to the founding of the National AIDS Fund in 1987.

Funding for local communities

$118 Million

for local communities

Additional investments leveraged

$184 Million

additional investments leveraged

Organizations supported

90+

organizations supported each year

As of January 2021, our strategic grant-making initiatives have directly funded more than $118 million to local communities, and we have leveraged more than $184 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to, syringe access, access to care, capacity-building, HIV prevention and advocacy.

Regions we’ve been able to provide support for:

Open grants

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by AIDS United

The vision of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to build a culture of health to ensure the achievement of health equity. The RWJF Award for Health Equity presented by AIDS United honors an individual or a two-person team who have successfully implemented systems changes, and promoted and highlighted solutions at the community level that lead to health equity. The recipient of this award will receive a $3,000 prize and will be honored at a virtual ceremony in 2022. 

Friday, October 15th, 2021 is the deadline for the submission of nominations for the 2021 RWJF-AIDS United Award for Health Equity.

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Eligibility criteria

The RWJF-AIDS United Award for Health Equity recognizes individuals or teams of no more than two individuals, who have successfully implemented a systems-change approach to reduce health inequities within the past two years, in one or more of the following areas: 1) access to quality care; 2) education; 3) employment; 4) income; 5) community environment; 6) housing; and, 7) public safety.

The RWJF-AIDS United Award is open only to individuals and teams of no more than two individuals, who meet all of the following eligibility criteria: are (a) citizens or legal residents of the United States, (b) thirteen (13) years of age or older, (c) not a trustee, director, officer, shareholder, employee, contractor, agent, representative, or affiliate of RWJF, Sponsor, selection committee or the spouse/domestic partner, parent, sibling, child, or grandchild of any of the foregoing, (d) have not previously received any RWJF Award for Health Equity from any sponsor organization in any year. Each individual, each team, and each individual member of a team, is referred to as a “Nominee” in these rules.

Relief, Recovery & Resilience Fund

Established to help meet the immediate and urgent needs of people living with and vulnerable to 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.

Please note that funds are not currently available to support additional requests. However, we anticipate receiving new funds in the coming months to continue our support for organizations doing this important work.

Competitive organizations must:

  • Have an HIV focus and utilize a social and racial justice framework.
  • Clearly articulate the importance of the issue or challenge that they and their community are experiencing, the current opportunity to address it, and why the applicant is the appropriate entity
    to address the stated challenge.
  • Have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as designated by the IRS or have a fiscal sponsor that does.

Need more information?

Please email grants@aidsunited.org for eligibility information or to be notified when additional funds are available. Please include your name, your organization’s name and the state where you’re located.