COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new Emergency Fund to support our frontline partners.

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Grant Strategy

As a leader in the global AIDS community, the Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to overcome the stigma, discrimination and neglect that keeps us from ending AIDS.

As a grant-making organisation, we create bespoke partnerships and announce opportunities for funding while carefully monitoring and evaluating the impact of all projects with our grantees.



Urgency, concern and resources

Highlights to governments and funding partners the urgency and concern for the most vulnerable people in society at risk of or living with HIV so they can access the safe and protected care they need.


Systems change

Uses innovative models and data, alone or as part of consortia, to change the way that HIV and AIDS-related deaths are perceived, understood and tackled. Often the most marginalized groups are invisible to public services – because they are ignored or are too fearful to seek help. To provide HIV prevention and care for people, we must know who they are, where they are and what they need.


Dignity and compassion

Creates a world in which people living with or at risk of HIV are treated with compassion, dignity, respect and equity so they can claim their legal rights to health services and support.

Our priorities for 2020 to 2025

We will put those people and places most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS at their heart of our response.

Young People in Africa (males and females aged 10-24 years)

AIDS is now the leading cause of death among young people in Africa and the second leading cause of death among young people worldwide. Approximately 1,600 young people become infected with HIV every day. If we are to tackle this prevention crisis we must reach young people directly, through channels and services that are relevant to them.

LGBT (those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans)

Around 360,000 LGBT people become infected with HIV each year. And those are only the ones that we know about and are public about their same-sex relationship. Deep rooted prejudice means many countries around the world criminalise same sex relationships, making it dangerous for LGBT people to be who they are and express who they love. LGBT people are afraid to seek the life-saving prevention, treatments and care they so vitally need, increasingly their vulnerability to infection and illness

We will speak out against homophobia, fear and stigma to change laws and policies that affect LGBT people, whilst helping to develop a defined standard for their equitable, non-judgmental and appropriate access to testing, treatment and care.

People who use drugs

People who inject drugs are 22 times more likely to acquire HIV than those among the general population. Drug use is seen as a weakness and not a public health issue. It is treated with punishment instead of compassion. This bias blocks powerful preventive options for some of the most marginalised people in society.

We will tackle the criminalisation and discrimination that is failing to protect drug users from the risk of HIV.

Eastern Europe and Asia Central

Eastern Europe and Central Asia is one of few regions where the HIV epidemic is worsening. Between 2010 and 2018 the number of people living with HIV in the region increased by 70%, infection rates grew by 29% and deaths from AIDS-related illnesses increased by around 5%. Marginalisation of people at risk of infection and a lack of access to quality and compassionate treatment services means progress in this region is falling behind.

We will combat this regression by investing in community-led innovations for HIV prevention and care in key cities that can be replicated throughout the region.


The United States has made huge advances in its domestic HIV epidemic within certain populations but If you are a gay black man in America, you have a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. The same gender loving community, people who use drugs and transgender men and women are too often excluded from available resources and so prevented from demanding or accessing HIV and related services they need. Bias, stigma and racism continue to obstruct an end to the epidemic in the USA, while the risk of contracting HIV is heightened by criminalisation, marginalisation and poverty.

We will leverage our voice and partnerships against the discrimination that prevents people from accessing essential treatment and care.

Grant enquiries

We welcome enquiries from organisations delivering HIV programmes that have an immediate and lasting impact in these areas. Find out about our current funding opportunities here. Activities may include:

Advocacy and policy work

Testing new ways to reach vulnerable people with life-saving information

Implementing better use of data to target and deliver HIV interventions

Evidence gathering to support positive shifts in social, policy and legal norms

New and more accessible ways for people at risk to get tested

Reducing barriers and linking more people to high quality treatment and care

Raising public awareness of, support for and engagement with people living with HIV