Elton John AIDS Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: EJAF is a longtime funder of global health work related to HIV/AIDS. The foundation supports organizations serving marginalized populations, particularly sex workers, children, intravenous drug users, and men who have sex with men. 

IP TAKE: EJAF is a great funder for grassroots outfits working in the field of HIV/AIDS since it explicitly funds small and previously unfunded organizations. EJAF seeks new ideas, dynamic leaders, and innovative programs and projects to fund. 

PROFILE: Already a rock-and-roll legend, Elton John has fought against AIDS since the 1990s. Founded in 1992, John established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which consists of two separate organizations that share the same name.

EJAF's New York headquarters supports projects that address the same facets of the AIDS epidemic: HIV prevention, stigma eradication, and ending deaths due to AIDS. Its focuses on halting the spread of HIV in the U.S., the Americas and the Caribbean. Its London branch, established in 1993, gives to HIV prevention efforts in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Both of EJAF's American and British divisions work to prevent the spread and eradication of AIDS, and as long as it plagues humans, fostering dignity and providing access to care for all, especially marginalized populations.

The London EJAF features two types of grantmaking: Pioneer grants, which focus on an individual key population at higher risk within an individual country, and Flagship programs, which target a specific vulnerable group through a number of related initiatives within an individual country. Flagship programs select organizations that form coalitions and have far-reaching impact. 

Its large scale and grassroots initiatives also offer support grants that allow for a unique EJAF contribution, and are made by invitation only. In addition, the Robert Key Memorial Fund supports organizations that can demonstrate an "immediate, tangible" benefit for people living with HIV. 

Occasionally, EJAF awards grants upwards of $200,000, but most range from $25,000 to $75,000. Grantseekers should note that while EJAF supports a number of HIV/AIDS programs, it does not fund research programs. 

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