M.A.C. AIDS Fund Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The M.A.C. AIDS Fund’s priorities are preventing AIDS and HIV and funding outreach for people who have the disease. This relatively new fund is already giving big, with annual amounts often rising above $10 million.

IP TAKE: Because of its narrow focus, M.A.C. can easily give to a wide variety of AIDS and HIV groups. The fund takes an unusually varied approach to giving, with nearly half of its grants going to unique organizations, which is good news for organizations that do not have an established relationship with this fund.

KEY INFO: The M.A.C. AIDS Fund was established in 1994 by Frank Angelo and Frank Toskan, founders of the cosmetic brand M.A.C. Its first campaign was the VIVA GLAM lipstick, created to raise awareness for AIDS and HIV, with all proceeds donated to related organizations. Today, its main mission is to fund “innovative programs that deal directly with the most marginalized, stigmatized and under-heard victims.” Its grantmaking efforts generally fall into the categories of prevention, treatment, and basic needs.

M.A.C.’s prevention grants are targeted at the most at-risk populations—such as “sex workers, injection drug users, prisoners and people living in under-resourced areas with high HIV prevalence”--in the United States, as well as abroad in regions like Africa and Caribbean. It prioritizes organizations that use “proven ways to reduce new infections either by impacting risky behavior such as needle exchanges, or providing tools—either behavior-based or biomedical—for safer sex.” M.A.C.’s treatment grants aim to “help connect people to life-saving care”; currently, its highest priority is to back “programs that provide treatment for HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent HIV transmission to their newborns.” M.A.C.’s basic needs grants support “community programs and services that provide daily support and essential poverty-based direct services” to low-income people living with HIV.

The M.A.C. AIDS Fund’s grants generally range from $25,000 to $100,000, with rare grants exceeding $1 million. Grantseekers may apply online for any programs that are currently accepting applications.

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