AIDS United’s People Organizing Positively

AIDS United Announces PLHIV Grant Support, “People Organizing Positively”

AIDS United, with funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc., has announced the opportunity for grant support through their People Organizing Positively (“POP”) initiative. In the past four years, AIDS United has issued over $750,000 in grants to communities across the U.S.; some 500,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) have been reached in POP’s history by nearly forty grantees.

Recognizing that people living with HIV play a critical role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, serving as role models for disclosure and engagement in care, and leading advocacy activities by and for people living with HIV. AIDS United aims to fund PLHIV-driven programs that, among other goals, combat stigma and strive to decriminalize HIV. Funded POP projects are to be designed by and for PLHIV in all stages of the POP initiative.

The goals of the People Organizing Positively initiative (POP) are to:

• Support innovative projects that fully embody the principles of Meaningful Involvement of PLHIV (MIPA);
• Increase the leadership abilities of People Living with HIV (PLHIV);
• Support grassroots activities that involve the leadership of PLHIV; and
• Strengthen the organizational practices that embody MIPA values.

AIDS United expects to award funds through this grantmaking initiative before October 1, 2018. Applicants are eligible to apply for grants no later than 12:00noon EST on July 27, 2018, when the Completed Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due. The request for LOIs, including eligibility criteria and allowable use of funds, is available at Applicants may apply for grants ranging from $40,000 to $60,000, funding intended to cover a project implementation period of eight months.

Applicants will be notified by August 6, 2018 if they are invited to submit a full proposal with full submission instructions. For more information, log on to

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.