First Grants Are Awarded Under New AIDS Bill
With ink barely dry on the new Ryan White CARE Act, HRSA distributed its first grants in April 1991. Working virtually nonstop, agency staff created grant guidelines, carried out administrative guidelines, and worked with funding applicants to build administrative structures as rapidly as possible. Staff also labored to ensure that funds were spent locally in a manner that would achieve the greatest impact.
“We really felt like we were doing some good,” says Shelly Gordon of HRSA, who remembers an early Sunday morning call to her home from a HRSA official. “We were excited about the work, so we did what we had to do,” she adds. “If that meant going in on Sunday or working late into the night, that’s what we did.”
First-year appropriations are summarized below.
|Ryan White CARE Act Appropriations||FY 1991 Funding|
|Title I: (Part A) - Emergency Relief||$87,831,000|
|Title II: (Part B) - HIV Care||$87,831,000|
|Title III: (Part C) - Early Intervention||$44,891,000|
|Total Ryan White Funding||$220,553,000|
|Non-Ryan White Appropriations||FY 1991 Funding|
|Pediatric AIDS Demonstrations||$19,518,00|
|AIDS Education and Training Centers||$17,078,000|
|Facilities Construction (1610b)||$4,029,000|
|Total Non-Ryan White Funding||$40,625,000|
|Total HRSA Appropriations||FY 1991 Funding|