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Umbrella Organization Providing Some Funding For Ventura County HIV/AIDS Programs To Fold

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 3:57pm

One of the few remaining organizations which helps support HIV/AIDS programs in Ventura County is closing because of funding issues.

The Ventura County AIDS Partnership has existed since 1995.

The National AIDS Fund, United Way Ventura County, and the Ventura County Community Foundation came together to create an agency which helped with specific local needs related to the disease.

The national organization matched money raised by the local partnership, to pay for prevention programs, and services.

However, a reorganization of the national program means an end to its funding in Ventura County, taking away the reason for local funders to support VCAP.

VCAP officials say without the matching money, it makes more sense for local funders to give directly to local HIV/AIDS programs.

The AIDS Partnership will continue its support for its grant projects this year, but will not create new contacts to extend projects next year.

Last year, the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, which provided a number of HIV/AIDS related services, closed due to decreased funding.

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