Since the M·A·C AIDS Fund (MAF) launched in 1994, we have been dedicated 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. To keep our grant-making relevant and responsive, we meet regularly with leaders in the field - our grantees, peer funders, and the people working on the front lines - to stay aware of emerging needs and trends and identify funding and service gaps.
Over the next year, our North American Programs will continue to address the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS. Our International Programs will continue to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in two high-prevalence areas: South Africa and the Caribbean. Through the International Affiliate Community Grants Program we will continue to support programs that provide vital services to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world. Through our special initiatives we will continue to support programs and collaborations all over the world that effectively and strategically focus on underserved and stigmatized populations and promote leadership, best practices, and innovation in direct services, prevention, and other areas critical in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Everybody is waiting for a magic bullet to cure AIDS, when we already have it: It's called housing. Poor and homeless people account for the majority of new infections. Give them stable housing and you will see the end of this epidemic. Stable housing is the only way that poor and homeless people will ever develop ongoing access to healthcare and build the network of relationships necessary to getting and staying healthy with HIV.
Charles King, President and CEO, Housing Works
United States Grants
The United States Community Grants Program addresses the connection between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting U.S. based nonprofit organizations that provide nutrition and housing services to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. There are two application deadlines per year for the U.S. Community Grants Program; one for food/nutrtion and one for housing. Eligible organizations may only apply for one of these two programs each year.
The Canadian Community Grants Program addresses the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting Canadian nonprofit organizations that provide vital direct services to individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our goal is to support programs and services that enable individuals to live as independently as possible and to allow a high quality of life. Programs eligible for funding under the Canadian Community Grants Program include, but are not limited to, food and nutrition, transportation assistance, prevention and education, treatment adherence, buddy services and transitional housing. We support the direct services most needed in a particular community based on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the availability of other public or private funding sources. There are two application deadlines per year for the Canadian Community Grants Program. Eligible organizations may only apply for one Community Grant each year. Please note that the maximum grant that may be requested is CAD $50,000. Organizations that receive a Community Grant may still be eligible to apply for a Special Initiative Grant.
HIV and Aging
Things get better with age - including sex! You can be smart and sexy. Within five years, half the people living with HIV will be over 50 and now Medicare pays for HIV testing to reach more 'Eldersexuals.' The M·A·C AIDS Fund's visionary support made these kinds of changes happen.
Marjorie Hill, CEO, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)
HIV AND AGING
Teenagers aren't the only people engaging in risky behavior and unprotected sex. HIV/AIDS doesn't discriminate - older people of all sexes are just as vulnerable to HIV/AIDS as everyone else. To address the needs of older people living with HIV/AIDS, MAF supports collaborations among ACRIA, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Griot Circle and SAGE. Their work includes the creation of a bold, first-of-its-kind HIV social marketing campaign on prevention targeting older adults as well as a ground-breaking training program that informs New York City senior-serving organizations about the expansive and unique direct services needs of people living with HIV and present HIV prevention messages in age-appropriate language. The advocacy, service and prevention models resulting from this highly effective collaboration have brought greater visibility to this underserved population, inserted aging issues into public policy on HIV/AIDS and secured increased public funding for HIV-related programming for older adults.
M·A·C AIDS Fund support for harm reduction services has been critical. Few funders have prioritized the lives of drug users. Without the MAF, syringe exchange programs would have been forced to shutter their doors and successful policy change could not have happened. The magnitude of pain and the number of lives lost as a result of a 20-year ban on funding of syringe exchange is incalculable. MAF has helped undo the damage and begin the healing.
Allan Clear, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
Outspoken, intrepid and ahead of the curve, M·A·C AIDS Fund has never feared to take risks and support programs that other funders deem too controversial. When syringe exchange programs (SEP’s) were considered taboo, MAF assumed a leadership role in supporting these harm-reduction programs that have contributed to a decrease in rates of HIV infection among intravenous drug users (IDUs). The American Medical Association, National Academy of Sciences, American Public Health Association, and numerous scientific sources all agree that SEPs are a non-judgmental and highly effective way of providing integrated services to IDUs and encouraging HIV counseling, testing and drug treatment. Building on the recent successes in the field we continue to support the important and transformative work of local and national organizations that operate SEPs and lead advocacy efforts to secure diverse sources of funding for these life-saving programs.
We're raising the VIVA GLAM bar this year with the voices of two incredible artists. Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper are bringing women's issues to the forefront of the HIV/AIDS crisis. We have one artist that hit the music industry at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and another that is explosively popular with young people today. They represent different generations that are equally as affected by this disease, and both are helping to spread the message of the power of one lipstick.
John Demsey, Group President, Estee Lauder Companies and Chairman, M∙A∙C AIDS Fund.
Women and girls around the world are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS is the leading cause of death and disease among women around the world between the ages of 15 and 44. Over the last several years, infection rates among women have risen steadily in every region of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, women already make up almost 60 percent of adults living with HIV and 75 percent of young people between the ages of 15-24. In the United States HIV/AIDS is the number-one cause of death among African women between the ages of 18-35. Not only are women at increased risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS due to gender inequality and socioeconomic vulnerabilities, but women and girls are also at increased risk biologically for HIV infection. The new voices of VIVA GLAM, Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper, are using their magnetic and sizzling voices to raise awareness about the impact of the epidemic on women and igniting the From Our Lips campaign, a $2.5 million initiative to honor all the women living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Lady Gaga and Cyndi love lipstick. They love fasion. And they want girls all over the world to have fun, safely and with eyes wide open to the facts and fictions about women and HIV/AIDS. "I think it's absolutely insane that some people have fewer rights than others, and I'm grateful that M·A·C has decided to focus on women while I'm a VIVA GLAM Spokesperson. I have so much to say and so much to share, and I'm going to let my lips and lipstick do the talking!" Cyndi Lauper, M·A·C VIVA GLAM Spokesperson
Kids Helping Kids
Every year M·A·C sends imaginative art supply kits to children ages 3 to 15 affected by HIV/AIDS to design artwork for holiday cards, tags and bags to help other affected children around the world. We welcome originality, creativity and all that inspires them regardless of religious affiliation. Kids Helping Kids items are sold at M·A·C counters worldwide during November and December. Proceeds are donated to a preselected organization for a program focusing on HIV/AIDS and children. Kids Helping Kids was created by M·A·C Cosmetics in 1994. Our employees are passionate about this program, and are committed to spreading the word and selling as many items as possible. Additionally, M·A·C commits a substantial amount of its media and public relations resources to ensure the success of the campaign. In 2010 the Kids Helping Kids cards will benefit the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
Affiliate Community Grants
The M·A·C AIDS Fund Affiliate Community Grants Program supports non-profit organizations in countries where M·A·C VIVA GLAM is sold. These grants support direct services and programs that address the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS as well as HIV prevention. Services eligible for funding under this program include but are not limited to food and nutrition, transportation assistance, support services for families, prevention and education, treatment adherence and housing. We support the direct services most needed in a particular community based on HIV/AIDS prevalence and the availability of other public or private funding sources. Organizations in the following countries/territories are eligible to apply: Asia Pacific: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand Europe/Africa/Middle East: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela The Affiliate Community Grants Application is available online. Applying organizations must first complete an Eligibility Quiz as part of the application process. Eligible organizations may only submit one application per year to the Affiliate Grants Program.
Focus on South Africa
South Africa has been one of the nations hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic, with impoverished women and girls being at especially high risk. Thanks to the generous and sustained commitment from the M·A·C AIDS Fund, we have been able to identify, train, mentor and provide funding to emerging leaders in HIV prevention throughout South Africa. The M·A·C AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative at Columbia University and UCLA, working with partners in South Africa, is providing nearly four-dozen community leaders with the key skills they need to operate on the front lines of the battle against AIDS, and also against gender inequality, in South Africa and beyond.
Anke A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D., Director, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University
According to UNAIDS, an estimated 5.6 million people in South Africa are living with HIV, of which approximately 3.3 million are women and 330,000 children. Since 2000, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has donated over USD $20 million for HIV/AIDS programs in South Africa. Our two largest programs in South Africa - the VIVA GLAM Global Partnership and the M·A·C AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative - focus on women and children.
VIVA GLAM Global Partnership
The M·A·C AIDS Fund (MAF) has had an astounding impact upon the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the incredible success of the VIVA GLAM campaign. To maximize the impact of its international grant making, we created the M·A·C VIVA GLAM Global Partnership Program. This initiative pools the funds raised through VIVA GLAM sales in designated countries to support two critical programs in South Africa - UNICEF and Nurturing Orphans for AIDS Humanity (NOAH). With support from MAF, UNICEF provides HIV testing and treatment to pregnant women and children with the goal of preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to baby and keeping HIV-positive mothers and babies alive and healthy. In addition to expanding programs for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, MAF support has made it possible for provincial governments to incorporate HIV testing into existing immunization programs, providing a critical opportunity to identify HIV-positive children and link them with treatment. NOAH provides food, shelter and other basic necessities for over 5,000 children orphaned by HIV, many of whom are living with HIV/AIDS. Each year since 2008, the M·A·C AIDS Fund (MAF) provided daily meals for 1,381 children orphaned by HIV. In addition, MAF's support allowed NOAH to provide essential health and hygiene supplies to children in its care and to supply bed nets to children in malaria ridden areas. MAF will continue its commitment NOAH's homes, helping to improve the standard of living and educational opportunities for the children in NOAH's care.
South African Leadership Initiative
Every year 500,000 South Africans become newly infected with HIV/AIDS. In order to end the epidemic in South Africa and decrease rates of infection, it is vital to train local leaders in HIV/AIDS prevention who can learn from past successes and failures and develop new and innovative HIV-prevention programs. To meet this need, MAF has partnered with two of the world’s leading educational institutions - Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - to create the M·A·C Leadership Initiative. In 2009, the Human Science Research Council, South Africa's statutory research agency, joined this partnership, bringing critical new local leadership to the program. Each year a group of local emerging leaders applies for participation in the fellowship program with a proposed HIV/AIDS prevention plan. Selected fellows work with local and international experts in HIV/AIDS prevention to further refine and develop their plans. Upon completion of an intensive two-month training program, fellows are given small seed grants to launch their prevention plans. The year-long fellowship program provides fellows with ongoing mentorship throughout the first year of program implementation. The goal of the program is to create a network of local HIV prevention experts and a range of innovative prevention programs that will lead the next generation of South Africans in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Focus on the Caribbean
The M·A·C AIDS Fund has been a critical supporter of AIDS-Free World's advocacy work in the Caribbean. It has supported our speaking out about the politically explosive human-right’s issues driving the region’s epidemic. If we fail to tackle the state-sponsored homophobia that increases the vulnerability to the virus of men who have sex with men and the violence against sex workers and migrants, two populations severely affected by the pandemic, we don't stand a chance of stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in the region.
Stephen Lewis and Paula Donovan, Co-Directors, AIDS-Free World
Next to sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean has the world’s highest HIV-infection rate, with Haiti and the Dominican Republic together accounting for 85 percent of the infections. AIDS is now one of the leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 and more than half of adults living with the virus are women. Heterosexual sex is the primary form of transmission in the region. Through the Caribbean Initiative, the M·A·C AIDS Fund (MAF) supports a wide range of organizations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica that are addressing critical aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The goals of the Initiative are threefold: to seed and strengthen prevention, care, treatment, and advocacy programs; to shine a light on the challenges of prevention through the support of media efforts; and to attract and encourage increased private and public donor support. MAF has given over $10 million to the Caribbean since 2007. In Jamaica, MAF is working with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria and the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) to support HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services. MAF also partners with CHAI in the Dominican Republic where it focuses on providing care and treatment to Haitian immigrants living with HIV/AIDS who are not otherwise able to access government programs. In Haiti, MAF works closely with Partners in Health to provide food to people living with HIV/AIDS, helping them to live longer and healthier lives. MAF has also supported advocacy efforts by groups such as AIDS-Free World and Immigration Equality, who work with local and international governments to improve policies that negatively impact people living with HIV/AIDS. Finally, the Fund has partnered with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to highlight critical underreported HIV/AIDS issues in the Caribbean in the media.