COLUMBIA, SC – August 13, 2009 – The Central Carolina AIDS Partnership (CCAP) is seeking grant proposals for a new HIV/AIDS prevention program through Central Carolina Community Foundation. Grants will be awarded to support HIV/AIDS prevention programs with a focus on the target populations specified within the grant application. The deadline for proposals is September 30. For detailed information, please visit the nonprofit section of our Web site at www.yourfoundation.org.
This grant is critical as South Carolina ranks 8th in the nation per capita for new AIDS cases. In its December 31, 2008, STD/HIV Surveillance Report, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 23,199 cumulative cases of HIV and AIDS combined. Our capital, Columbia, ranks 9th in the nation, among large metropolitan areas, based on the number of new AIDS cases reported annually. Disturbingly, the 20 – 29 year-old age group reports the highest percentage of newly diagnosed HIV positive people in our state. Prevention education is critically needed in order to halt this trend.
Central Carolina Community Foundation was selected as the first National AIDS Fund Partner in South Carolina and has received a challenge grant to support HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs. $154,500 has been raised to support grantmaking in the Community Foundation’s 11-county service area. In addition to the support from the National AIDS Fund and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, CCAP is supported by several local organizations including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the New Morning Foundation and the AIDS Benefit Foundation.
About Central Carolina Community Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation’s mission is to promote, facilitate and increase philanthropy to create a sustainable impact on our community through responsible giving. The Community Foundation serves 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and community leaders to areas of need. For more information, visit www.yourfoundation.org.
About the National AIDS Fund
The National AIDS Fund was founded in 1988 to reduce the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS by promoting leadership and generating resources for effective community responses to the epidemic. Over the last 20 years, National AIDS Fund and its Community Partnerships have directed $160 million through challenge grants alone to support HIV/AIDS services, capacity building and advocacy, now reaching over 400 community organizations annually. For more information, visit www.aidsfund.org.