Elton John AIDS FoundationDeadline: June 30, 2017
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) seeks to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS through innovative HIV prevention programs, eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and support direct HIV-related care for people living with HIV/AIDS. EJAF funds organizations working toward one or more of the following goals:
- Wellness: Improving the health of people living with HIV or at risk or otherwise affected by HIV
- Rights: Upholding the rights of people living with and affected by HIV
- Quality of life: Addressing the social and economic needs of people living with and affected by HIV
- Resilience: Strengthening the skills and strategies of organizations and activists addressing HIV
EJAF values programs that are:
- Led by and based in the communities being served
- Advocating for improved industry and government health policies and funding
- Piloting or scaling up innovative programs to promote health and rights
- Demonstrating a history of activism, creativity, and urgency in working to address and curtail the HIV epidemic
- Grounded in evidence about where and among whom HIV infections are happening, and evidence about the best interventions to help people avoid infection or, if HIV-positive, to live healthy lives
The following populations are prioritized:
- People living with HIV: Funding supports organizations led by and working with people living with HIV to help people get tested, treated, and provided with social, economic, and mental health services that will help keep them on treatment. Funding also supports networks of people living with HIV to conduct advocacy and organizing to change policies and regulatory frameworks to make treatment available and sustainable.
- Gay and bisexual men: More than half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year are among gay and bisexual men. The Foundation directs funding toward programs that support this population and to promote community advocacy for gay-friendly services and programs focused on gay men’s health.
- Transgender people: Funding support organizations and programs that promote LGBT HIV health by improving access to information, opportunities to negotiate safer sex, safer drug use, HIV treatment and care, and stable employment and housing. EJAF also funds activism and advocacy to address stigma in healthcare settings and the broader society and to challenge discrimination that drives LGBT people away from HIV prevention, treatment, and care.
- Black men and women: Funding supports organizations and programs in the U.S. to improve HIV testing, treatment, and health care for Black people; improve the lives of Black Americans living in poverty and at risk of HIV by increasing access to justice, education, and jobs; and improve the lives and health of Black women, especially women living in poverty.
- Hispanic/Latinx people: Funding supports organizations and programs in the U.S. to improve HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and health care for Hispanic/Latinx gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender women, including through LGBT programs that promote HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and care for Hispanic/Latinx populations through services, policy work, and advocacy.
- Women and girls: Funding supports organizations and programs that ensure that women and girls, including sex workers, access HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and care and are given space to lead and participate in advocacy and organizing to change policies that stand in the way of their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Adolescents and young adults: Funding supports organizations that provide opportunities for young people to advocate for HIV, sexual and reproductive health education, and health services and policies that are accessible and meet their needs; build the skills, knowledge, and confidence to understand their sexual health rights and share that knowledge with their peers; promote diversity among youth organizing and advocating for health issues to ensure that young people of all races, LGBT people, people who inject drugs, people who have been incarcerated, and young women find strength in unity.
- People who inject drugs: Funding supports syringe access and needle exchange services for groups in the United States through the Syringe Access Fund (https://www.aidsunited.org/Programs-0024-Grantmaking/Syringe-Access-Fund.aspx).
- Incarcerated and recently incarcerated people: Funding supports organizations and programs that provide HIV and mental health, housing, legal, and job placement services for formerly incarcerated people, as well as advocacy to improve health services in prisons and jails with a focus on continuity of HIV treatment and access to condoms, PrEP, hepatitis C treatment, and other health services.
- Migrants and immigrants: Funding supports: organizations and programs to improve HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and health care for migrants and immigrants, especially through LGBT programs that promote HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and care for HIV-positive migrant and immigrant populations through services, policy work, and advocacy.
- Sex workers: Funding supports organizations and programs that ensure that sex workers can access HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and care and are given space to lead and participate in advocacy and organizing to change policies that stand in the way of their health and rights.
Amount: Approximately $7,000,000-$9,000,000 is awarded annually with grants typically ranging from $5,000-$300,000 and averaging $50,000-$100,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations or organizations with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor that are working with people who are most affected by HIV in the Americas, defined as the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America.