Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Awards $2.1 Million to National Social Service Providers | Playbill

Broadway Cares Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Awards $2.1 Million to National Social Service Providers

Annual grant funding has now returned to pre pandemic levels.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has awarded $2,135,000 to 262 social service providers throughout the United States. This is the third and final round of grants for the fiscal year, which brings BCEFA's 2022 National Grants Program to $5,712,500 for 435 social service organizations. 

Two previous rounds awarded $2,532,500 to 127 food service and meal delivery programs in January, and $1,045,000 to 45 of the largest ASOs and nationally recognized advocacy organizations in March. The cumulative number of grants supplied is now on par with pre pandemic levels of funding.

“The National Grants Program has been restored to pre-pandemic 2019 levels, and I cannot overstate what this means to me, the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Directors and the entire staff,” said Executive Director Tom Viola. “It will make a difference in how a wide variety of services can continue to be delivered to hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS, COVID and other serious, debilitating illnesses in New York City and across the country. Bravo and thank you to all who have made this possible.”

All awarded grants were determined by the Broadway Cares’ National Grants Committee of 21 Broadway actors and stage managers. Members of the National Grants committee for this round represented Aladdin, American Buffalo, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hamilton, The Lion King, MJ, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Six and Wicked.

Four types of organizations were recognized during the third wave of grants; 102 direct services programs, 72 emergency financial assistance programs, 48 harm reduction programs for those with addiction problems who are HIV-infected or at significant risk for infection, and 39 "quality of life" service programs. This last category included programs focused on companion animal support, programs for the underserved, and recreational programs for children living with AIDS.

BCEFA also awarded $300,000 in special grants to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America to support access to reproductive health care following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

An additional $8.2 million was granted by The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) in 2022 to support the HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Friedman Health Center, Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Dancers Resource, addiction and recovery services, and senior services, in addition to other programs and supportive housing residences.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and other critical illnesses across the United States.

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