HIV Scotland receives core funding from Scottish Government

A leading Scottish HIV charity has received new funding from the Scottish Government, which will enable it to operate over the next three years.

HIV Scotland, the national HIV policy organisation for Scotland, is to receive £231,000 to cover core costs, which will enable them to seek extra funding to secure a sustainable future.

It had previously received around £270,000 a year from the Scottish Government before losing out in its bid in the latest funding round.

In response to a parliamentary question, Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: “The Scottish Government has agreed to offer HIV Scotland £231,000 over the next three years.

“This funding will support the organisation to move to a sustainable financial position.”

He said the Scottish Government has given £2.13 million to organisations dealing with sexual health and blood-borne viruses between 2018 and 2021.

HIV Scotland board chairwoman Nicoletta Policek: “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with the Scottish Government to contribute to our core operating costs.

“This new, arms-length relationship with the government will allow us to develop new relationships with other funders to secure a sustainable future, whilst continuing our award-winning work which protects the human rights of people living with and at risk of HIV.”