Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 11, 2000

CONTACT:
Tony Iallonardo
Phone: (202) 293-7330
Pager: (202) 241-0244

U.S. Mayors Announce $915,000 in HIV Prevention Grants

WASHINGTON, DC -- For the 16th year, The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will award grants to finance locally based HIV prevention projects. For 2000, USCM is awarding $915,000 to grantees in three areas: (1) women at high risk, (2) gay and bisexual men of color, and (3) Native Americans. Community-based organizations, local health departments, and Native American tribes/nations will be eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 17, 2000.

In announcing the grants, USCM executive director J. Thomas Cochran noted that this year's total award is the second highest amount in the program's 16 year history saying, "The nation's Mayors remain more committed than ever to preventing HIV and AIDS. We remain steadfast in strengthening local capacity for HIV/AIDS prevention activities until a cure is found."

Since 1985, the Conference and CDC have awarded over $10.2 million to 212 locally based HIV prevention projects throughout the country. Grant recipients are generally community-based organizations, local health departments, and Native American nations. USCM grants are one-time awards, though many programs that begin with funding from the Conference go on to become key components of the public health system fighting the spread of AIDS in their communities.

Grant recipients will be announced in the summer. Parties interested in getting further information about these grants should call USCM at 202-293-7330 and ask for Lillie Brown.

The U. S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.

  • For more information about HIV/AIDS, go to the USCM HIV/AIDS information center.

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