Cable Positive, the cable industry's AIDS-awareness organization, awarded grants totaling $45,600 to 11 AIDS-service organizations and MSOs through the revamped Tony Cox Community Fund.
The fund is dedicated to providing grants for ASOs that partner with their local cable operators for HIV and AIDS awareness, education and prevention initiatives.
Formerly known as the Tony Cox Fund for Local HIV/AIDS Programming, the fund has expanded its grant criteria to include local outreach efforts.
The grantees' projects include production of HIV/AIDS public-service announcements and other programming; promotional spots for AIDS-awareness events; and the creation of AIDS-education materials for distribution to organizations, schools and community centers.
More than one-half of the grantees target young people — a group in which the rate of HIV infection has risen at an alarming rate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that two young Americans are infected with HIV each hour.