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AIDS grants target South

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The National AIDS Fund, with financial support from the Ford Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, will direct $1.8 million in grants to stem the spread of AIDS in nine Southern states.

The grants will be available to community-based groups that have access to particular at-risk populations, including people of color, immigrants, gay and bisexual man, transgender people, women, high-risk youth, the homeless and drug users.

The Southern REACH program aims to broaden and strengthen community capacity to deal with HIV/AIDS in these marginalized populations.

The Fund will award grants averaging $45,000 each to nonprofits in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say eight of the top 10 states that are home to the highest percentage of African Americans with AIDS are in the South, as are six of the top 10 states with the largest share of women with AIDS.

Initial support for the effort includes $1.55 million from the Ford Foundation and $250,000 from the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Applications for grants are due by 5 p.m. EST on Nov. 16.

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