Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Opens Transformative Grant Applications for Organizations Working to Fight HIV Stigma, Increase Access to Health Services and Increase Local Leadership for People Living with HIV in the Southern U.S.

Awarded in June 2022, Transformative Grants Are Part of a 10 Year, $100 Million Collaboration Between Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Southern AIDS Coalition, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and Wake Forest University School of Divinity

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 Atlanta, GA (April 4, 2022) — Today, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, the Southern AIDS Coalition, the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and Wake Forest University School of Divinity announced a request for proposals (RFP) from organizations working to fight stigma, increase access to health services and increase local leadership for people living with HIV as part of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative®, an unprecedented 10 year, more than $100 million effort to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern U.S.

Completed proposals are due via the COMPASS website ( by 11:59 CST / 12:59 EST on Monday, May 02, 2022.

Applicants must be located in and provide services in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. They must also be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor to apply. Applicants must be able to complete work proposed within an 18-month period beginning in June 2022 and ending on December 30, 2023. The maximum amount an applicant can request is $100,000.

Transformative Grants focus on supporting the development and implementation of programs and activities that address the four programmatic focuses of COMPASS:

● Organizational capacity building (through Emory University Rollins School of Public Health);

● Wellness, mental health, trauma-informed care, substance use and telehealth (through the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work);

● HIV-related stigma reduction (through the Southern AIDS Coalition); and

● Faith-based Advocacy & Spiritually Integrated Stigma Reduction (through Wake Forest University School of Divinity)

“We are excited to hear from organizations doing cutting-edge work throughout the South to combat HIV,” said Kia Colbert, Director, Emory University Coordinating Center, Gilead COMPASS Initiative. “The Gilead COMPASS Initiative has been vital in helping organizations across the country continue to change thousands of lives, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve trained thousands of leaders to reach members of their communities and improve their capacity to care for people impacted by HIV. We are eager to find organizations looking to take their efforts to end HIV to the next level.”

Launched in 2017, COMPASS has helped more than 200,000 people access quality healthcare and HIV services and trained 10,000 people to build organizational capacity and become HIV leaders and advocates. In 2021, COMPASS awarded Transformative Grants to 29 organizations working in 12 states and unveiled a new Faith Coordinating Center at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity to advance the capacity of faith communities to address the HIV epidemic in the South using a social justice framework, interfaith engagement, and inclusion of LGBTQ+ communities. You can read more about the impact of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative in this progress report.

As the epicenter of HIV in the country, the Southern U.S has infection rates comparable to some of the earliest days of the epidemic in the 1980s, accounting for 51% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. despite making up just 38% of the overall population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “the South now experiences the greatest burden of HIV and deaths of any U.S. region, and lags behind in providing quality HIV prevention services and care.”

To apply for a 2022 Transformative Grant, visit

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