The U.S. South is the epicenter of the national HIV and AIDS epidemic. A group of funders has come together to change that. Join us.

People living in the U.S. South experience tremendous gaps in access to health insurance and care, caused by structural barriers such as poverty, inadequate education, stigma, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, and unequal access to insurance and care. All of these issues, in turn, pose significant obstacles to accessing treatment and support for HIV and AIDS.

This confluence of barriers and obstacles is exemplified by the rates of HIV and AIDS in the region: The South is home to 44% of all people living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S. In some Southern states, those living with HIV are three times as likely to die. Yet, annually, the region receives only a small portion of federal and state funding and less than a quarter of total HIV-related philanthropy for the U.S. – amounting to only $55 per person living with HIV in the South as compared to $146 nationally.

You Can Make a Difference. If your funding focuses on health, poverty alleviation, LGBTQ rights, or other social justice issues, the same communities you support are also affected by HIV. This is an opportunity to quickly and strategically increase your impact, and deepen your organization’s leadership in the South. Get started.

Looking to apply for funding?

  • We are no longer accepting Letters of Intent, which were due July 9, 2019.
  • We are no longer accepting Southern Action Grants applications at this time as funds for this cycle have been exhausted. Please check back at the end of the year for additional updates.