AIDS United announces AIDS/HIV grants for Puerto Rico programs

The non-profit group AIDS United recently requested proposals for funding to support HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Puerto Rico.

AIDS United announced that it will award seven to 10 grants of up to $30,000 each to aid in the development of community-based organizations to implement prevention programs that serve priority populations.

The stated goal of AIDS United is to eliminate the AIDS epidemic in the United States. It operates at the national and regional level through advocacy and policy programs, strategic grant-making and organizational capacity building.

The organization has provided more than $675,000 in grants in Puerto Rico since 2008 and maintains relationships with local stakeholders and community-based organizations to determine where its funding is most needed.

Puerto Rico was ranked among the top 10 U.S. states and territories with the highest AIDS case rates in 2010 and has an HIV death rate higher than anywhere else in the United States at four times the national average.

AIDS United plans to fund projects aimed at boosting the capacity of local community-based organizations to provide risk reduction counseling services, HIV testing and counseling, peer-based outreach and education, syringe exchanges and efforts to reduce the stigma faced by those with the illness.