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Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

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Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program


The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) helps low-income people with HIV access medical care, medications, and other essential support services to help them stay in care. The program consists of 5 parts: A-F. 

Part A provides medical and support services to cities and counties most affected by HIV 

Part B strives to improves the quality of HIV healthcare and support services, and provide medications to low-income people living with HIV 

Part C helps local community-based organizations provide outpatient ambulatory health and support services 

Part D helps  local community-based organizations  provide medical care and support services for low-income women, infants, children and youth with HIV as well as their families 

Part F provides funding for training for HIV treatement providers, funds oral health care for people with HIV, and helps grant recipients improve access to care and outcomes for minorities. 

Eligible Uses

For more detail about allowable costs under each part, see their individual grant descriptions. 

Grant Award

Varies based on grant type, see website for details.


Part A – Eligible Metropolitan Areas 

Part B – State and territorial governments 

Part C – Local community-based organizations 

Part D – Local community-based organizations 

Part F – Dental schools or dental education programs


See grant solicitations. 

Due Date

December 2022. This grant has been repeated in the past.


Department of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 

Materials Needed

See grant solicitations. 

Application Difficulty


Evidence on Investments in Health and Treatment

To implement community safety-focused programs, jurisdictions must have an adequate supply of peers and professionals who can provide voluntary, non-coercive services that support physical and mental health—and allow appropriate staffing for non-carceral crisis response and similar programs. Expanding access to basic health care has been found to reduce crime, as well as save money on legal system expenses. Research demonstrates that when the number of treatment facilities for substance use disorder increases, crime decreases in the same area. Expanded access to mental health treatment, and psychiatric treatment in particular, has been found to reduce violent crime. 

This effect is especially powerful when looking at youth. Increasing wraparound services in schools that treat physical and mental health in high risk areas have been shown to reduce juvenile arrests as well as child abuse cases. High quality afterschool programs that promote students’ health and development can reduce drug use and decrease arrests and other forms of criminal-legal involvement among children. Furthermore, early childhood intervention programs, as well as nutrition programs for newborns, are likely to reduce crime. Expanded access to mental health treatment, and to psychiatric treatment in particular, has also been found to reduce violent crime. 

Community safety cannot succeed without a robust, well-trained workforce of mental health and treatment professionals—not only because these services can reduce violence and harm, but also because physical and mental health are vitally important for safety itself. For too long, this country has taken a punishment and enforcement approach to how we address mental health, substance use, and related issues; the following investments, paired with further public health-centered policy changes, are a first step toward changing this paradigm. 

Grant Writing Resources

Grants.Gov Resources

Applicant Training Videos (step-by-step guide on how to find grants, set up an account on, and submit an application)

Applicant FAQ page

Other Resources

Community Toolbox’s Applying For Grants Toolkit (Outline of process + example applications)


Q: What is community safety? 

A: We use the term “community safety” as well as “non-carceral safety” to indicate an approach to reducing violence and harm that invests in people over punishment. This can include unarmed civilian first responders and community violence prevention, but must also center preventative and root-caused focused solutions such as investments in schools, healthcare, and the environment. These solutions not only create holistic safety by improving well-being, they have been directly tied to reductions in violence. 

Q: How do the grants in the American Rescue Plan and other recent bills fit into this database? 

A: This database contains grants contained both in specific legislation (like the American Rescue Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs act, and the Inflation Reduction act) but it focuses primarily on grants funded annually through the federal budget process. Please see our resources specifically on ARPA and IIJA for more information on funding opportunities in those bills. 

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