Welcome!

News Feed Item

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards More Than $5.4 Million in New Grants

Foundation ups its commitment to challenging HIV criminalization laws, addressing the needs of transgender individuals, and increasing access to prevention and treatment

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a leader in the global effort to end AIDS, today announced a new series of grants totaling more than $5.4 million to support organizations addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways. This is the one of the Foundation's largest grant cycles to date and brings EJAF's total grant investments for 2015 to over $9.8 million, a 40% increase over the Foundation's investments in 2014.

a_ejaf_1_process_mag

"With this final grant cycle of 2015, our Foundation makes its largest commitment to ending HIV/AIDS in the 24 years of our work," said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. "All of us at EJAF recognize that the latest scientific breakthroughs in preventing and treating HIV – including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and definitive proof that Treatment IS Prevention – have afforded us a unique opportunity to make real and lasting change in the course of the epidemic. We believe that today calls for big gestures and bold statements to transform the biomedical progress we've made into tangible differences in people's lives." 

In this grant cycle, the Foundation renewed 38 grants and funded 32 new organizations.  These grants demonstrate EJAF's continued investment in health programming and activism for LGBT people, Black Americans, HIV-positive prisoners and parolees, sex workers, women, and young people.  Among the grants being funded are:

  • Over 25 grants to programs led by or specifically serving transgender people.  Because of stigma and discrimination, transgender people face higher than average rates of poverty and unemployment and frequently do not have access to the health care they need.  EJAF is therefore making a major investment in transgender organizing for rights and health care as a strategy toward improving HIV-related health.
  • Nine programs tackling the unsound and unjust laws that erroneously criminalize HIV-positive people for potentially exposing others to HIV, even when risks are minimal. If you have sex while HIV-positive, or even propose sex to someone, that's a crime according to laws in many states, passed in the HIV panics of the 1980s.  These grants include four national organizations (Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the Center for HIV Law and Policy, Desiree Alliance, and the Positive Women's Network), and five organizations working for state-level legal changes in Georgia, Louisiana, and North Carolina. EJAF believes many of the state laws criminalizing potential HIV transmission can and will be changed during the coming years, thereby preventing the unjust incarceration of innocent people and removing disincentives for people to know and disclose their HIV status. 
  • Seven grants for programs providing HIV testing and services for sex workers or engaging in activism to protect the health and civil rights of sex workers and advocate for changing outdated policing practices, including the confiscation of condoms and medications for HIV prevention.
  • Several grants to expand the use of home-based HIV testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Home-based HIV testing offers people a way to test for HIV in a place and a time that is convenient to them.  PrEP is the one-pill-a-day that prevents HIV so people can protect themselves against the virus.  Both of these approaches have tremendous potential to help people learn their status and prevent HIV infection, especially in rural areas and under-served communities that face high risk of a resurgence in HIV due to factors like pervasive poverty and drug addiction. 
  • Three new grants for HIV-related activism in South Carolina, a southern state with an out-of-control epidemic where EJAF deliberately sought to increase its presence in 2015.
  • Two new grants focused on health services for gay men and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. 
  • Three grants to organizations specifically addressing the unique HIV prevention and treatment needs for women and girls.

"This year's grant application process yielded more innovative and creative ideas than ever before," EJAF's Executive Director Scott Campbell added. "We believe this is in part because of increasing momentum toward ending the AIDS epidemic. The incredible projects proposed by EJAF's 2015 grantees reinforce our conviction that an end to HIV/AIDS will happen in our lifetime. When faced with the leadership and boldness our grantees brought to us this year, the only thing to do is to say yes. At EJAF, we are fully committed to work tirelessly in the months and years ahead to raise the funds necessary to sustain this significant increase in our annual grant investments."

In addition to the 70 grants announced in this grant cycle, EJAF awarded more than 50 grants earlier in 2015.  EJAF has been recognized as one of the largest HIV funders in the Southern U.S., one of the leading HIV funders in the Caribbean, and one of the nation's largest funders of LGBT health programs and Black LGBT organizations.

ABOUT EJAF 

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), we believe that AIDS can be beaten.  We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people's lives.  Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $349 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  

For more information and for a complete list and descriptions of EJAF's 2015 grantees, please visit www.ejaf.org.  

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Logo - https://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20150909/265158LOGO 

 

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-elton-john-aids-foundation-awards-more-than-54-million-in-new-grants-300210279.html

SOURCE Elton John AIDS Foundation

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Intel is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in the Silicon Valley. It is the world's second largest and second highest valued semiconductor chip maker based on revenue after being overtaken by Samsung, and is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers (PCs). Intel supplies processors for computer system manufacturers such as Apple, Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Intel also manufactu...
Data center, on-premise, public-cloud, private-cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid-cloud, IoT, AI, edge, SaaS, PaaS... it's an availability, security, performance and integration nightmare even for the best of the best IT experts. Organizations realize the tremendous benefits of everything the digital transformation has to offer. Cloud adoption rates are increasing significantly, and IT budgets are morphing to follow suit. But distributing applications and infrastructure around increases risk, introdu...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Atmosera delivers modern cloud services that maximize the advantages of cloud-based infrastructures. Offering private, hybrid, and public cloud solutions, Atmosera works closely with customers to engineer, deploy, and operate cloud architectures with advanced services that deliver strategic business outcomes. Atmosera's expertise simplifies the process of cloud transformation and our 20+ years of experience managing complex IT environments provides our customers with the confidence and trust tha...
Today's workforce is trading their cubicles and corporate desktops in favor of an any-location, any-device work style. And as digital natives make up more and more of the modern workforce, the appetite for user-friendly, cloud-based services grows. The center of work is shifting to the user and to the cloud. But managing a proliferation of SaaS, web, and mobile apps running on any number of clouds and devices is unwieldy and increases security risks. PJ Hough, Citrix Executive Vice President and...
Artifex Software began 25-years ago with Ghostscript, a page description language (PDL) interpreter software prevalent in printing and related applications requiring rendering and/or conversion from one software language to another. Founded by renowned computer scientist Dr. L. Peter Deutsch, our company has thrived on the basis of our sharp focus on this area of expertise, a zealous commitment to quality and a strong customer service orientation. Over 100 OEM partners representing some of th...
SUSE is a German-based, multinational, open-source software company that develops and sells Linux products to business customers. Founded in 1992, it was the first company to market Linux for the enterprise. Founded in 1992, SUSE is the world's first provider of an Enterprise Linux distribution.
Cloud-Native thinking and Serverless Computing are now the norm in financial services, manufacturing, telco, healthcare, transportation, energy, media, entertainment, retail and other consumer industries, as well as the public sector. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that pro...
ShieldX's CEO and Founder, Ratinder Ahuja, believes that traditional security solutions are not designed to be effective in the cloud. The role of Data Loss Prevention must evolve in order to combat the challenges of changing infrastructure associated with modernized cloud environments. Ratinder will call out the notion that security processes and controls must be equally dynamic and able to adapt for the cloud. Utilizing four key factors of automation, enterprises can remediate issues and impro...
Is your enterprise growing the right skills to fight the digital transformation (DX) battles? With 69% of enterprises describing the DX skill drought as being soft skills, rather than technology skills, are you ready to survive against disrupters? The next wave of business disruption is already crashing on your enterprise as AI, Blockchain and IoT change the nature and location of business. Now is the time to prepare. Drawing on experiences with large and midsize enterprises, Marco Coulter t...
Alan Hase is Vice President of Engineering and Chief Development Officer at Big Switch. Alan has more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry and leading global engineering teams which have delivered industry leading innovation in high end routing, security, fabric and wireless technologies. Alan joined Big Switch from Extreme Networks where he was responsible for product strategy for its secure campus switching, intelligent mobility and campus orchestration products. Prior to Ext...
FinTech is a disruptive innovation that denotes the adoption of technologies that have changed how traditional financial services work. While FinTech is now embedded deeply into the financial services ecosystem, the rise of digital age has paved way to FinTech 2.0 - which is rolling out innovative solutions through emerging technologies at a disruptive pace while maintaining the tenets of security and compliances. Blockchain as a technology has started seeing pilot adoption in FinTech around ...
In an age of borderless networks, security for the cloud and security for the corporate network can no longer be separated. Security teams are now presented with the challenge of monitoring and controlling access to these cloud environments, as they represent yet another frontier for cyber-attacks. Complete visibility has never been more important-or more difficult. Powered by AI, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System technology is the only solution to offer real-time visibility and insight into ...
Atmosera delivers modern cloud services that maximize the advantages of cloud-based infrastructures. Offering private, hybrid, and public cloud solutions, Atmosera works closely with customers to engineer, deploy, and operate cloud architectures with advanced services that deliver strategic business outcomes. Atmosera's expertise simplifies the process of cloud transformation and our 20+ years of experience managing complex IT environments provides our customers with the confidence and trust tha...
Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation. DX encompasses the continuing technology revolution, and is addressing society's most important issues throughout the entire $78 trillion 21st-century global economy. DXWorldEXPO® has organized these issues along 10 tracks, 22 keynotes and general sessions, and a faculty of 222 of the world's top speakers.