Up to $60,000 available under Southern HIV Impact Fund

AIDS United

Relevent Country: United States of America

In partnership with FCAA and with support from Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, Levi Strauss Foundation, and a generous anonymous donor, AIDS United as the fund manager is pleased to invite your organization to submit a full proposal through the Southern HIV Impact Fund (SHIF).

The Southern HIV Impact Fund supports Southern organizations working across intersecting movements to enhance and coordinate HIV prevention, care and support services, and advocacy and movement-building across the South.

The Southern HIV Impact Fund recognizes the historical inequities that Southern organizations face when it comes to implementing and growing when it comes to the global mission of ending the HIV epidemic.

The grants aim to address these inequities by directing funds to and building the capacity of Southern organizations to:

Increase collaborative efforts across the South to end HIV and reduce health disparities.

Catalyze a demonstrable increase in leadership in the South that is more reflective of the regional HIV epidemic while also providing support to current leaders.

Increase resources to the South, both through technical assistance and grantmaking.


The Southern HIV Impact Fund (SHIF) prioritizes identifying and supporting organizations across intersecting movements to enhance and coordinate HIV prevention, care and support services, and advocacy and movement-building across the South.

The Fund supports and funds organizations that are led by and focus on serving folx of trans experience and gender non-conforming + persons of color; Black and Latinx gay, same gender loving, bisexual, and queer + men; youth of color; Black women; other people of color.

Funding Information

  • For the 2023-2024 cycle, $1.2 million in funding is available through SHIF.
  • AIDS United anticipates making approximately 25 grants of up to $60,000 each to community-based organizations, racial and social justice organizations, AIDS service organizations, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Black Greek Lettered and Civil and Social Service Organizations and/or networks of People Living with HIV (PLHW) across the South. Grants will be 12-months in length (November 1, 2023 – October 1, 2024), and two types of grants will be offered:
  • Project-specific grants to support a distinct project with clear goals, objectives, activities, and measurable outcomes. Project-specific grants aligned with SHIF willsupport projects such as:

HIV prevention services

  • HIV care and treatment services
  • HIV prevention, care, and treatment services
  • Supportive services for folx living with HIV
  • HIV-focused policy, social action and advocacy
  • General operating grants provides financial resources to an organization in support of its mission and overall activities, including operating expenses and overhead, rather than providing support for specific projects or programs.
  • Approaches
  • Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV (MIPA)
  • MIPA ensures that communities most affected by HIV are involved in decision-making at every level of the response, including in the development, implementation, resolution, and evaluation of programs and policies that impact their lives. Competitive organizations will incorporate MIPA into their organizational management, staffing, board of directors, and governance, as well as their proposed SHIF project.
  • Intersectionality Racial and Social Justice
  • Intersectionality is a framework for understanding how interrelated systems of oppression support discrimination among people who share overlapping social identities. For example, a person living with HIV may face racism and homophobia, in addition to HIV stigma, all of which may present barriers to that individual’s access to care and a person’s achievement of optimal health. Systemically, all must be addressed if they are to see an end to HIV in the United States and create real change for folx of color living with HIV and most impacted by HIV. SHIF grantees are expected to address HIV-related disparities through an intersectional framework through their organization’s ongoing work and be mindful of the health inequalities in all programming and operations, when implementing your SHIF project and funding.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding through SHIF, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit Status – Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, per the guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service, with proper 501(c)(3) status, or hold 501(c)(7) status. Organizations or coalitions that do not hold 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(7) status must have a fiscal sponsor. Note that 501(c)(4) designation is not the same. While it is possible for an organization to have both IRS (c)(3) and (c)(4) status, AIDS United will verify that each applicant organization has a (c)(3) designation.
  • Geographic Location – Applicants must have a staff member located in and provide services within the Southern United States. For this opportunity, the South is defined as: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
  • Financial Stability – Organizations should be fiscally stable and viable before submission of the funding application.
  • Operating Budget – There are not organizational annual operating budget limitations on this funding; organizations are eligible to apply regardless of their annual operating budget amount. However, funding for small, grassroots organizations will be prioritized.
  • Equity – SHIF recognizes that HIV outcomes are significantly impacted by systemic racism, poverty, homophobia, and transphobia, heterosexism, and misogyny. As such, they will prioritize funding for organizations led by, majority staffed with, and serving Black and Latinx transgender folx; gender -nonconforming and non-binary + people; Black and Latinx gay, bisexual, queer, and same-gender-loving men +; Black women; youth of color, other communities of color; and gender identities and sexual orientations of people of color that letters and words cannot fully describe.
  • Good Standing – Current or previous grantees of any AIDS United funding portfolio must be in good standing with regard to reporting and all other grant requirements.
  • Grant Period – Applicants must be able to utilize the funds within a 12-month period beginning November 1, 2023 and ending October 31, 2024.
  • Protection of Information – All applicants will be required to provide a plan to protect patient information, including following guidelines in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as applicable.
  • Relationship to AIDS United – Current AIDS United grantees, including current and past grantees of iFORWARD and/or the Southern HIV Impact Fund, are eligible to apply. Organizations that have not been funded by AIDS United before are also eligible to apply.

Source: https://aidsunited.org/southern-hiv-impact-fund-rfp2023/?