The 2024 funding cycle of Positive Action Grants is now open for proposals from organizations based in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The deadline for multiyear proposals is March 8, 2024.

For more information download the request for proposal here.

Click here to access the online grantee portal.

We are committed to supporting innovative solutions and nurturing programs to help young leaders and their allies close gaps in HIV prevention, care and supportive services for youth living with or affected by HIV.

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Young people 13-24 years old have always known a world where HIV is preventable and treatable. Breakthrough scientific advances and bold community work have lessened the number of new HIV diagnoses substantially and improved the well-being of people living with HIV. Despite this progress, the disproportionate impact on youth remains a concern.

One in five new HIV diagnoses in the US are among young people, with Black and Latinx queer youth experiencing the greatest number of new diagnoses.1 Young people are the least likely of all age groups to know their HIV status – only about half of young people know their status,2 and knowing one’s status is the entry point to HIV care. When young people are diagnosed, they are the least likely be linked to HIV care in a timely way.3 Across all areas of life, youth report experiencing the most HIV-related stigma in the past year compared to other age groups.4

We know there’s more to do to support young people living with and vulnerable to HIV. Since our beginning, we have been solely focused on leaving no one living with HIV behind. Young people are championing a new response to the epidemic in North America and around the globe, and we’re dedicated to activating the networks, services, and resources in the US and Puerto Rico that nourish whole-person health for young people and their communities.

Our Response: Thinking Differently To End the Epidemic Among Youth

Positive Action for Youth (PAFY) was piloted in 2017 as an initiative leveraging mentorship as a tool to help young people living with HIV stay engaged during the transition from pediatric to adult care. The initiative has since grown from five grantees and a $1 million commitment to more than fifteen grantees and $4.5 million distributed across the country.

We strive to develop funding opportunities that reflect and respond to youth themselves. Like all ViiV Healthcare initiatives, Positive Action for Youth is grounded in our community-centered framework– to continuously listen, boldly activate new and promising work, amplify bright spots, and sustain momentum through applying field learnings to impact change. This framework provides the space for young people, our grantees and our partners to have a direct impact on the way Positive Action initiatives evolve, ensuring that we are responsive to communities. What started as a specific focus on medical mentorship evolved to support community-driven and medical mentoring, leadership development, safe spaces, prevention and peer navigation programs. Through this community-informed mix of grantmaking, our signature Youth Summit, and support of leadership development initiatives like National Minority AIDS Council's Youth Institute, we are working to reduce gaps in HIV care and support youth living with or vulnerable to HIV in their health and wellness.

ViiV Healthcare also funds youth-centered work in its other Positive Action initiatives, especially work supporting young Black and Latinx men, young women of color and young Southerners. Learn more here.

Our Own North Stars: Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders

After more than five years of continuous listening, connection and evaluation, ViiV Healthcare intensified its effort to connect with youth-focused community leaders, organizations and young individuals working in HIV and adjacent spaces to review and reimagine our goals—and to get a pulse on what’s happening for youth living HIV as well as those who serve them. Our Own North Stars: Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders, outlines key insights and lessons learned to inform the future of work in the youth HIV space, and an overview of key moments and opportunities to further disrupt disparities for communities disproportionately impacted by the epidemic. Click here to read the report.

View a snapshot of the Positive Action for Youth (PAFY) successes and insights from the most recent round of grant funding here.

Positive Action for Youth map identifying locations of Grantees, Community Members, and Youth Innovators

The Medical Mentoring Toolkit, a Project of Advocates for Youth

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing a mentorship program that supports young people living with HIV - but Advocates for Youth has developed a toolkit to help. With ViiV Healthcare’s support, Advocates for Youth conducted a collaborative co-creation process that leveraged the voices and expertise of the community as well as best practices, learnings and recommendations shared by the first PAFY grantees. Whether you’re a clinician, advocate or small community-based organization, you’ll find invaluable resources in this one-of-a-kind guide. Access the Toolkit here.

All questions and inquiries about Positive Action for Youth should be directed to Megan Falkenhan at megan.l.falkenhan@viivhealthcare.com.

Hear more from our partners, including past and current grantee cohort members, talk about why it’s so important to support youth-centered and youth-led solutions in the fight against HIV.

Tony Christon-Walker

Tony Christon-Walker

Laurenzo Surrell-Page

Laurenzo Surrell-Page


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report, 2020; vol. 33. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/reports/hiv-surveillance/vol-33/index.html. Published May 2022. Accessed March 28, 2023.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimated HIV incidence and prevalence in the United States, 2015–2019. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2021;26(No. 1). https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-supplemental-report-vol-26-1.pdf. Published May 2021. Accessed February 23, 2023.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Monitoring selected national HIV prevention and care objectives using HIV surveillance data–United States and 6 dependent areas, 2020. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2022;27(No. 3). Revised edition. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-supplemental-report-vol-27-3.pdf. Published August 2022. Accessed March 28, 2023.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral and clinical characteristics of persons with diagnosed HIV infection–Medical Monitoring Project, United States, 2020 cycle (June 2020-May 2021). HIV Surveillance Special Report 29. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-special-report-number-29.pdf. Published July 2022. Accessed March 28, 2023.

Through Positive Action Community Grants (PACG), ViiV Healthcare supports community-led efforts to increase engagement in prevention and care, address stigma and build trust in HIV care among communities most disproportionately impacted by HIV. Organizations applying to PACG may request funding for General Operating Support, Special Events Sponsorships or Project Support.

Through our Positive Action for Women program, we are committed to breaking down isolation and stigma to improve access to networks of care for women of color living with and affected by HIV.

Through our Positive Action Southern Initiative program, we are committed to expanding and enhancing community-based linkage to care services and adherence to treatment for people living with and affected by HIV in the Southern US.