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Positive Action for Women

ViiV Healthcare is committed to reducing stigma and isolation to improve access to care for women of color living with HIV.

2019 Positive Action for Women Grant Opportunities
ViiV Healthcare is pleased to open Positive Action for Women for a second round of grants in support of two tracks of work:

1.    Networks for Women funding will support innovative approaches that break down isolation and HIV stigma for women of color across the gender spectrum through two types of opportunities:

a.    Grants for Women – Applicants may request up to $75,000 per year to design or expand upon projects that directly build women’s networks and break down isolation – from virtual solutions to innovative in-person approaches for women living with HIV. Organizations proposing formal partnerships to extend the reach of their existing Positive Action for Women program are eligible for up to $100,000.

b.    Amp Grant for Women Fund – One program lead will be awarded up to $100,000 to distribute two-year micro-grants to grassroots community organizations and leaders, and provide technical assistance to micro-grantees over the course of the funding period. 


2.    Networks for Community Action funding will support collaborations that develop or expand local action plans for successfully engaging more women of color living with and affected by HIV across the local care continuum.  

a.    Grants for Community Collaborations – Applicants may request up to $100,000 per year for collaborations with local partners to develop and implement local action plans.

Eligible non-profit organizations interested in applying for funding through one or both program tracks should register the applicant organization in our Online Grantee Portal and submit a proposal by Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

  • Read the request for proposal here.
  • Register to attend an informational webinar on June 20, 2019 here.

All questions and inquiries about Positive Action for Women should be directed to Amelia Korangy at amelia.x.korangy@viivhealthcare.com.

About Positive Action for Women
In 2016, with the help of leaders and communities across the country, ViiV Healthcare spoke with women living with HIV and commissioned ethnographic research in New Orleans to learn more about the experiences of Black women and HIV networks of support and care. We reviewed literature and conducted an up-to-date epidemiology profile to better understand trends in time, geography and solutions for women of color living with HIV. Through this listening, it was clear that women of color living with HIV are heavily impacted by isolation at three levels:

  • Isolation from their friends, family and peers as a result of fear and HIV stigma; 
  • Isolation among service providers and in local planning efforts, which often do not consider the needs of women living with HIV;
  • Isolation from the larger cultural discourse around HIV and women’s wellness, including in clinical research, media, culture and communications.

In response Positive Action for Women launched in 2017 to support innovative, forward-thinking community collaborations that break down isolation and stigma for women of color across the gender spectrum who are living with HIV, and develop plans that link women to networks of care. Over the past two years, ViiV Healthcare has invested $1,000,000 in six grantees across the US that have collectively reached thousands of women through virtual support groups, in-person networks, summits, conferences, media, needs assessments and widely distributed online resources created by and for women living with HIV. Positive Action for Women grantees have effectively built the leadership and visibility of women living with HIV, amplified their voices, invested in their communities and continued working to break down isolation and energize engagement.

Today, Positive Action for Women represents ViiV Healthcare’s continued commitment to all women in the US, especially those disproportionately affected by HIV. We believe that addressing the health disparities faced by all women of color, particularly Black women,1 across the continuum of care is a key priority in closing the gap in HIV disparities in the US.


1. Geter, et al. Trends of racial and ethnic disparities in virologic suppression among women in the HIV Outpatient Study, USA, 20102015. PLoS One 2018; 13(1) e0189973.