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


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

iFORWARD: Equipping Organizations in the South through Technology to End the HIV Epidemic

AIDS United’s iFORWARD: Equipping Organizations in the South through Technology to End the HIV Epidemic was created to address barriers southern organizations face in accessing appropriate technology to carry out their services and achieve their mission. These barriers have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. iFORWARD is a special project of the Southern HIV Impact Fund.

iFORWARD, supported by a charitable contribution from Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, offers cash grant support under two categories: Infrastructure support and Project-specific support. AIDS United encourages applicants to review the two categories below carefully before determining the grant category under which they will apply.

iFORWARD will provide eight-month grants to 8-10 organizations in the U.S. South for professional development and technical assistance.

Individuals will be able to apply for funding up to $10,000 in a cash grant. 

A representative from each awarded organization will also receive 18 hours of professional development through six online sessions that will provide a dive deep into specific topics facilitated by advanced practitioners in the field.


  • Improve access to information.
  • Enhance organization’s ability to communicate.
  • Maintain a sense of social and emotional support.
  • Establish and maintain a virtual community.
  • Extending organizations’ geographic reach.
  • Reduce HIV-related stigma.


“Conexiones Positivas” Positive Connections: An Initiative of Positive Action for Latinx Men

AIDS United’s Conexiones Positivas: Positive Connections was born out of the disproportionate overrepresentation of gay, bisexual, other identified MSM and men of transgender experience in new HIV incidence and prevalence in the United States.

AIDS United, with funding from ViiV Healthcare, will provide $100,000 in low barrier grant funds to organizations supporting Hispanic/Latinx gay, bisexual and transgender men who are from communities most affected by and vulnerable to HIV.

This year, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, AIDS United will provide microgrants of $10,000 – $20,000 to organizations serving and advocating for people living with HIV. Applicants must demonstrate organizational dedication to the leadership development of Hispanic/Latinx gay, bisexual, and transgender men living with HIV (PLHIV) predicated on the principles of Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV (MIPA).

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The goals of this initiative are to:

  •  Use a low barrier grantmaking approach to enhance the investment in and strengthen the networks, leadership and support of Hispanic/Latinx gay, bisexual and transmasculine communities to educate and lessen stigma regarding HIV/AIDS.
  • Enhance the capacity of funded organizations through culturally humble, competent and linguistically accessible technical assistance and capacity building.
  • Support the creation and enhancement of local community networks, as well as leverage national partnerships to support connection and lessen isolation.
  •  Support innovative advocacy and education efforts focused on stigma reduction based on grantees’ local, state and federal interest through community-identified approaches.

AIDS United will closely collaborate with national partners on this initiative, which will support the selection of grantees and the provision of technical assistance. We will provide tools and skill development to organizations, coalitions, networks, client groups, who advocate for people with HIV in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The grantee portal, where you will submit your application, is open. Completed RFPs must be submitted by 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 4, 2022.

"Conexiones Positivas" Conexiones Positivas: Una Iniciativa de Acción Positiva para Hombres Latinx

Conexiones Positivas: “Positive Connections” de AIDS United nació de la sobrerrepresentación desproporcionada de gays, bisexuales, otros HSH identificados y hombres con experiencia transgénero en la nueva incidencia y prevalencia del VIH en los Estados Unidos.

AIDS United, con fondos de ViiV Healthcare, proporcionará $100,000 en fondos de subvenciones de baja barrera a organizaciones que apoyan a hombres homosexuales, bisexuales y transgénero hispanos / latinos que provienen de las comunidades más afectadas y vulnerables al VIH.

Este año, en el contexto de la pandemia de COVID-19, AIDS United proporcionará micro subvenciones de $10,000 a $20,000 a organizaciones que sirven y abogan por las personas que viven con el VIH. Los solicitantes deben demostrar dedicación organizacional al desarrollo del liderazgo de hombres hispanos / latinos homosexuales, bisexuales y transgénero que viven con el VIH (PLHIV) basado en los principios de participación significativa de las personas que viven con el VIH (MIPA).

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Los objetivos de esta iniciativa son:

  • Utilizar un enfoque de concesión de subvenciones de baja barrera para mejorar la inversión y fortalecer las redes, el liderazgo y el apoyo de las comunidades hispanas/latinas gay, bisexual y transmasculina para educar y disminuir el estigma con respecto al VIH/SIDA.
  • Mejorar la capacidad de las organizaciones financiadas mediante la asistencia técnica y la creación de capacidades culturalmente humildes, competentes y lingüísticamente accesibles.
  • Apoyar la creación y mejora de redes comunitarias locales, así como aprovechar las asociaciones nacionales para apoyar la conexión y disminuir el aislamiento.
  • Apoyar los esfuerzos innovadores de promoción y educación centrados en la reducción del estigma basados en el interés local, estatal y federal de los concesionarios a través de enfoques identificados por la comunidad.

AIDS United colaborará estrechamente con los asociados nacionales en esta iniciativa, que apoyará la selección de los beneficiarios y la prestación de asistencia técnica. Proporcionaremos herramientas y desarrollo de habilidades a organizaciones, coaliciones, redes, grupos de clientes, que abogan por las personas con VIH en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico.

El portal del concesionario, donde enviará los materiales de solicitud, está abierto. Las RFP completadas deben enviarse antes de las 3 p.m. EST del 4 de febrero de 2022.

Using Innovative Intervention Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes among People with HIV (2iS)

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau released funding to support a new initiative entitled “Using Innovative Intervention Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes among People with HIV (2iS).” The Fenway Institute, in partnership with AIDS United, will serve as the Coordinating Center for Technical Assistance for this initiative. 

The intervention strategies will focus on four areas: people with substance use disorders; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and all sexual and gender minority youth; people who are or have been justice-involved; and using telehealth services for people with HIV.

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The goal of the 2iS initiative is to apply the HRSA HAB implementation science framework to identify innovative intervention strategies, pilot test the intervention strategies at up to 20 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-funded recipient organizations, provide technical assistance to support implementation at the sites, and develop accessible dissemination products to promote the replication and scale-up of successful intervention strategies in the RWHAP and other HIV service organizations nationally. 

The grantee portal, where you will submit application materials, will open on Dec. 7, 2021.

Completed RFPs must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 14, 2022.

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 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.