New funding for Australia’s HIV community

ViiV Healthcare has announced it is offering $180,000 in funding to support the most innovative ideas and promising solutions for HIV care in Australia 

ViiV Healthcare has opened submissions for its Positive Action Community Grants (PACG – Australia) program, inviting Australian HIV community organisations to share their unique proposals for HIV-support initiatives.

The grants will be awarded to those programs that deliver support, and interventions, to communities most vulnerable to HIV, involving people living with HIV (PLHIV) in a sustainable and meaningful way.

Now in its second cycle, the PACG – Australia program encourages community organisations to draw upon their insights into the needs and challenges faced by PLHIV, to establish programs that deliver targeted support for the HIV community in Australia.

ViiV Healthcare Country Manager, Michael Grant, is calling on Australian HIV community organisations to submit their innovative and practical solutions for overcoming the barriers to optimal HIV treatment, care and prevention.  

“Positive Action Community Grants will be awarded to those proposals that look to make a real, lasting and positive impact on Australia’s HIV community,” Grant says.

“By allocating vital funds where they are needed most, our goal is to not only continue, but to expand our support for the HIV community in Australia, to help shape an environment where people living with and affected by HIV are empowered to live their best lives possible.

“We’re interested in hearing from grassroots organisations with connections to the HIV community, to uncover the issues impacting on various groups affected by HIV in Australia, and to support the emergence of pioneering approaches to addressing and resolving these issues.”

Past PACG – Australia recipients have included the WA AIDS Council, who received funding to support its innovative approach to tackling one of the newer challenges in HIV, aging with HIV, with the launch of a pilot program last year to educate and train aged care workers in best practice care of PLHIV.

ViiV Healthcare is calling for Australian HIV community organisations to propose projects that support local HIV communities, and align with one or more of the following key priority areas: 

  • Supporting the aging PLHIV.
  • Putting PLHIV at the heart of services.
  • Enhanced quality of life for PLHIV.
  • Stigma and discrimination.

PACG – Australia entries opened on July 25, 2016 and close on September 2, 2016. To submit an application for PACG – Australia, please visit

The grant guidelines and application form can be accessed here.

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