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Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) - www.ejaf.org

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Announces More Than $3.2 Million in Grants

EJAF's grant disbursements for 2014 total $6.857 million

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - The Elton John AIDS Foundation today announced more than $3.2 million in new grants, bringing the Foundation's total grant disbursements for the calendar year 2014 to an impressive $6.857 million. These end-of-year grants represent EJAF's continued commitment to helping all people infected with HIV and combatting stigma in communities most threatened by the virus.

With this third and final round of grant-making for the year, EJAF awarded 12 new and 40 renewal grants to innovative projects addressing the Foundation's strategic grant priorities. This final round includes six new grants funded under EJAF's LGBTQ Community Initiative, which brings the Foundation's investments in this new initiative to more than $1.1 million this year.

"The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to confronting HIV/AIDS where it exists," said EJAF Founder Elton John. "We recognize that the health needs and rights of LGBTQ people are critical components to ending HIV in the United States. The Foundation also recognizes the lack of funding and leadership in this area and is rising to the challenge to meet this need."

EJAF's strategic grant priorities for 2014 are as follows:

The Health and Rights of Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Building on the four major Round 2 grants for national LGBTQ organizations announced in October (i.e., Human Rights Campaign, National Black Justice Coalition, Transgender Law Center, and the Point Foundation), this new round of grants includes: renewal grants for over 20 LGBTQ-focused programs; one additional national LGBTQ grant to the Third Wave Fund, and several new locally-focused grants: Racial Justice Action Center in Atlanta, FreeState Legal in Baltimore, Casa Ruby and the Wanda Alston Foundation in Washington DC, and the L.A. LGBT Center.

Sexual Health and the Rights of Young Adults

To help young people campaign for health policies and services relevant to their needs, this round of grants includes renewal awards to leading youth advocacy and service organizations such as Hetrick Martin, Queerocracy, and JASMYN, and a new grant to Friends for Life in Memphis.

The Health and Rights of Black Americans

EJAF staunchly supports the efforts of black activists in the U.S. to improve HIV testing, treatment, and access to health care. This round of grants includes renewal awards to groups such as Positive Women's Network and the Medical AIDS Outreach Selma Project, and new grants to several small local black-led organizations such as Guiding Right in Oklahoma and Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services.

The Health of People Who Have Been Incarcerated

This round of grants includes 10 renewal awards totaling $507,000 to help people getting out of prison get the support they need. Renewal awards include the ACLU National Prisons Project and Emory University's Center for the Health of Incarcerated People. EJAF also awarded increased funding to the Center for HIV Law and Policy for work to modernize laws criminalizing people living with HIV.

HIV Policy and Advocacy

This round of grants includes renewals to over 20 HIV policy and advocacy projects totaling more than $750,000, including state-wide HIV policy coalitions in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Two new grants were awarded to the Desiree Alliance to elevate the issue of HIV among sex worker rights activists and to the University of Toronto International Human Rights Program to improve Canada's refugee, asylum, and immigration policies for people who are HIV+ or LGBT.

"We are extremely excited about the innovative work being undertaken by these grantees," said EJAF Chairman David Furnish, "and we are deeply grateful to all of our generous and loyal donors for supporting EJAF's life-saving work."

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About the Elton John AIDS Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe that AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for effective programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people's lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $300 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.

For more information, and for a complete list and descriptions of EJAF's 2014 round three grantees, please visit www.ejaf.org .

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