Atlanta AIDS Fund

The Atlanta AIDS Fund is a collaborative funding partnership between The Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Fashion Cares

The Community Foundation was an early supporter of HIV/AIDS initiatives, making our first grant in 1981. At that time the disease was still known as “GRID” – Gay Related Immune Disease. Our community, our country and our world has made incredible progress since that time, but the challenges of HIV/AIDS are still present, particularly in our Atlanta region. The Atlanta AIDS Fund was created in 1991 to support metro Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS advocacy, prevention education and service efforts through funding and leadership. Since that time nearly $10 million in grants have been awarded to organizations in the metro area.
Yet the disease continues to be a major health concern. New HIV infections are concentrating most in people of color and people who are poor, homeless, incarcerated, have other health challenges, unprotected sex and/or use drugs. Their infections are more likely to progress to AIDS because historically these communities have unsubstantial or no access to health care and often do not get the level of treatment needed. 

In December 2013, The Community Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to support The Community Foundation's work to help metro Atlanta nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations prepare for, and adapt to, changes occurring to the health delivery system. This work is informed by the Atlanta AIDS Fund and its grantees will focus on five core objectives. Read more here.
Startling statistics include: 

  • Men who have sex with men still represent the largest group of people living with AIDS in Atlanta at 51%. 
  • While African Americans make up 29% of Georgia’s population, they represent 77% of new AIDS cases in Georgia and 63% of all existing AIDS cases in Atlanta were among this group. 
  • African-American women account for 87% of all women with AIDS in Atlanta.
  • 50% of new HIV infections are occurring in youth 16-24 years old.  

2014 Grantmaking
AIDS Fund grantmaking in 2014 will focus on providing general operating support to strengthen an HIV/AIDS advocacy, prevention education and service organization as it pursues its mission, with the goal of achieving further stability and sustainability for core programs and services. The AIDS Fund will also focus on restricted operating support focused on advocacy and policy, awareness/education/prevention, testing and treatment and care.

Nonprofits interested in funding through the AIDS Fund can learn more about the program at an upcoming online orientation session. Participation is not required to apply for funding, however it is encouraged.   

2014 Materials
Letter of Intent (LOI) Instruction
Letter of Intent (LOI) Application
Final Application Instructions
Final Application
Cash Flow Worksheet Instructions (for Final Application)
Cash Flow Worksheet

Important Dates & Deadlines

Monday, July 14, noon
: Grant documents will be available on the website
Friday, July 18: Online Orientation (View the orientation recording and PowerPoint)
Friday, August 29, noon: Letter of Intent Deadline
Tuesday, October 13, noon
: Final Application Deadline (invitation only)   

To include a knowledgeable and broad perspective in this work, the Atlanta AIDS Fund has developed an Advisory Committee to guide the work of the initiative and provide consultation, input and perspective on the application process and overall program progress.  
  • Ayanna Buckner, Morehouse School of Medicine 
  • Keisha Williams, Kaiser Permanente Foundation 
  • Andy Miller, Georgia Health News 
  • David Garner, Grady Health System 
  • Trevor Pearson
  • Francesca Gary 
  • Mary Spanburgh, United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Kathy Palumbo, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
  • Rachel Zieleniec, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
  • Ex officio: Ken Britt, Alston & Bird LLP (retired) 

The Atlanta AIDS Fund is a collaborative funding partnership between The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Fashion Cares.    

If you have questions, please contact Kathy Palumbo, director of Programs, at 404-588-3187 or Rachel Zieleniec, program associate, at 404-333-0102.


2013 Annual Report

Recently released, our 2013 Annual Report is a guide for philanthropists, nonprofits and community leaders interested in improving the quality of life in metro Atlanta. Last year, The Community Foundation distributed more than $134 million in grants and support to nonprofits and received more than $198 million from donors and funders. Click here to view. We hope this report will help you along whatever philanthropic journey you choose to take.
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