Thursday, May 23, 2024

Elton John AIDS Foundation Gives $850K in First 2013 Grants


I like the Elton John AIDS Foundation because they’re extremely press friendly and very “transparent” when it comes to their contributions. They’re the Cadillac in this field. They’ve just announced a new round of grants totaling $850,000, They usually do three or four of these a year. Kudos to David Furnish, Scott Campbell and of course Sir Elton.

May 2013 Grants

AIDS United, $300,000
Now in its 4th year, AIDS United’s Access to Care Initiative is supporting 15 local partners in 14 cities to demonstrate innovative approaches to ensuring ongoing full access to medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS.  This grant from EJAF will help the Access to Care Initiative to provide funding along with technical and evaluation support to all 15 programs.

During the past three years, EJAF has allocated support for Puerto Rican organizations through AIDS United.  Now, in 2013, the full implementation of national health reform stands to drastically change the way healthcare providers and organizations do business and what kinds of government funds are available for HIV programs. EJAF funding will help organizations adapt to the changing healthcare system and to support the continuation of programs in Puerto Rico focused on preventing HIV transmission and increasing access to high quality medical care and social support services.

HarborPath Common HIV Patient Assistance Program Portal, $250,000
HarborPath’s mission is to centralize and streamline the program application process for people living with HIV/AIDS who are uninsured and have no other access to HIV medications.  HarborPath operates a central website where case managers and patient advocates can go to access HIV medications and process HIV patient assistance program applications.  This process eliminates burdensome, duplicative paperwork normally required to submit individual patient assistance program applications and ensures that medications are dispensed and delivered to patients in a coordinated and efficient manner.

SERO Project, $75,000
HIV criminalization – the use of criminal law to prosecute and extend imprisonment of people with HIV for consensual and no-risk behavior – is a discriminatory practice based in fear and shame rather than science and epidemiology. The SERO Project tracks current HIV-specific criminal cases, engages and supports those who have been wrongly prosecuted, educates communities and policy-makers, and raises broad public awareness by sharing short videos of compelling personal stories of those who have been prosecuted.

How to Survive a Plague Engagement Campaign, $125,000
The film How To Survive A Plague has received numerous awards and positive reviews, including an Academy Award nomination.  Very few documentary films reach this level of potential to touch national and global audiences.  There is now a strong demand throughout the United States for further educational screenings of the film.  This EJAF grant will support an outreach and engagement campaign to ensure that How to Survive a Plague reaches and engages the widest possible audience, especially students and young activists, to know the history of AIDS activism and to understand what it takes to make progressive social change in a democracy.

New York City AIDS Memorial, $100,000
Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, it is critical for New York City, one of the major epicenters of the epidemic in the U.S., to finally create a significant AIDS Memorial. As one of the largest HIV/AIDS foundations in New York City and the U.S., EJAF is making a leadership grant in support of the New York City AIDS Memorial.  This grant will be divided between support for the creation of the memorial and the development of educational programs associated with the memorial.

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