The New York City-based Elton John AIDS Foundation has announced a comprehensive $1.3 million grant to AIDS United, the organization formed from the recent merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action.
The grant will support four specific program areas, including the Community Partnership Network, which was awarded $950,000 to share with thirty-nine local programs across the country. As it had before the merger of the two organizations, EJAF will continue to provide significant challenge grant funding to the network. The foundation also directed $200,000 to help AIDS United meet its requirements as a recipient of a federal Social Innovation Fund grant. In addition, the foundation allocated $35,000 for the organization's public policy efforts and $50,000 to help the organization maintain and expand services and build the capacity of community-based organizations in Puerto Rico.
In announcing the grant, EJAF chair David Furnish said, "With nearly thirty years of combined leadership in coalition building, public policy expertise, advocacy, and philanthropy, as well as a network of passionate local and state partners poised to most effectively and efficiently respond to HIV/AIDS in the communities most impacted by it, all of us at EJAF are optimistic about the prospects of AIDS United achieving their mission in due time, and we are proud to partner with them in this effort."