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Elton John AIDS Foundation

Deadline: June 30, 2018

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
  • Black women and men (i.e. of African and/or Caribbean heritage)
  • LGBT populations
  • Hispanic/Latinx people
  • Women and girls
  • Adolescents and young adults
  • People who use drugs
  • People who are or have been incarcerated
  • Migrants and immigrants
  • Sex workers

Funding priorities include:

  • Innovations in health promotion and services including programs to increase rates of HIV testing, access to PrEP, and people’s linkage to and engagement in health care and rates of viral suppression
  • Increased accommodation and services for people living with and affected by HIV, such as peer-led health promotion, social and mental health services, and provision of hormone therapy, to encourage increased rates of HIV testing, access to PrEP, and people’s linkage to and engagement in health care and rates of viral suppression
  • Support of leadership and leadership development in HIV services and other health programs, including development of skills for organizational management and community leadership
  • Political organizing and advocacy by HIV-focused organizations and coalitions to promote health access, legal justice, and equal opportunity in education and employment

Competitive applicants will explain how meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) is reflected in the organization’s culture, hiring practices, leadership development, and project design. This will be a critical component for all applicants, but especially those who may be newer to HIV work. It is important that the expertise of people most affected by the HIV epidemic are connected to and help inform the applicant’s work.

Amount: First-time applicants should apply for grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 in the first year. EJAF will also consider requests up to $300,000 from organizations with a national focus or working in multiple countries and have a proven ability to implement large scale programs.

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 Latin America.

Additionally, EJAF encourages applicants to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant organizations or networks should be led by and based in the communities being served
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated history of activism, advocacy, community organizing, service delivery, creativity, and urgency in working to address and curtail the HIV epidemic
  • Applicants’ strategies should either be grounded in evidence-based interventions or be willing to replicate best practices to promote health and wellbeing of identified communities

Link: http://newyork.ejaf.org/annual-request-for-proposals-open/

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