In advance of the July 2012 International AIDS Conference, the Elton John AIDS Foundation today announced its first round of grants for calendar year 2012 totaling $850,000. Three grants have been awarded to AIDS United, The NAMES Project’s “Quilt-In the Capital 2012” program, and the SERO Project‘s “HIV Is Not a Crime” program.
The EJAF is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organisations supporting HIV prevention, stigma reduction, treatment, care, and service programs. During 2011, the charity awarded over $8 million in grants to more than 100 HIV-focused initiatives in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America.
“We are tremendously excited about the important work of these three grantees,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “We look forward to collaborating with them over the next year and furthering our shared goals of fighting stigma and supporting underserved populations in communities heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS.”
The EJAF‘s Executive Director, Scott Campbell, spoke about The NAMES Project, which maintains, enhances, and displays the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest memorial to individuals lost to HIV/AIDS in the world.
He said, “By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The Quilt helps teach compassion; triumphs over stigma, phobia and taboo; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well being and that of their family, friends and community.”
The EJAF is providing a one-time grant to help display the AIDS Memorial Quilt at over 50 venues in Washington, D.C., during the 19th International AIDS Conference, July 20-24, to help focus additional public attention on worldwide efforts to end the AIDS epidemic.