OVERVIEW: The M.A.C. AIDS Fund awards LGBTQ related grants to organizations working with those affected by HIV/AIDS.
IP TAKE: To be eligible for a grant from this funder, organizations must have a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and specifically protects LGBTQ clients.
PROFILE: First launched in 1994, the M.A.C. AIDS Fund (MAF) has been “[d]edicated to supporting bold and innovative organizations around the world that provide vital services and strengthen the safety net for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.” The foundation prioritizes HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and basic needs. While MAFs main focus in HIV/AIDS, it works with stigmatized and at-risk populations such as men who have sex with men and other vulnerable populations within the LGBTQ community.
MAFs Community Grants program awards are awarded up to $25,000. Grants prioritize policy-level advocacy on food and nutrition issues, health outcomes and advancing the HIV/AIDS nutrition field. This program does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.
The fund’s Housing Program offers housing assistance for low-income people living with AIDS (PLWHA). This program and focuses its grantmaking on safe and affordable housing, meeting the housing needs of resource-poor communities, targeting PLWHA who face “[p]articularly challenging barriers,” such as a history of incarceration, active drug use, and transgender identity and organizations employ low-threshold housing models. MAF limits its housing program grants to $50,000.
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