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Our Grant Strategy


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We now have the tools to contain and reduce the spread of HIV.

And yet, almost 1.5 million people died of AIDS and related causes last year worldwide. In certain groups – such as Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM), Sex Workers and People Who Inject Drugs – the scale of the epidemic is actually growing, instead of decreasing.The reasons for this trend are not that we do not have the tools and services to address the problem, but due to a lack of access to such tools and services.

We believe this lack of access is driven by stigma and discrimination.

Vulnerable groups are those with the greatest need for help and support, and yet are the same groups who are most marginalised and isolated by their own governments, communities and society as a whole.

We believe that the only way to create an AIDS free future is to ensure that no one gets left behind in the fight against HIV.

We have therefore designed a new strategic response to fit the current epidemic, which will have a much greater focus on key populations at higher risk.

Our Commitments

No More Discrimination

No more HIV Infections

No More AIDS Deaths

The Foundation is committed to:

• No more discrimination

• No more new HIV infections

• No more AIDS deaths

This agenda informs our understanding of what we are achieving.  Monitoring our impact against these goals is central to our grant making strategy.

We also believe in partnership in our funding. As such we want to support the development of approaches and tools that will be used to implement successful programmes.

We want to agree on reporting and funding arrangements that are most efficient for both parties and we seek to champion partners’ work to others.

In line with the UNAIDS’s agenda, our grant making strategy is built around two key focus areas: vulnerable populations and large scale and grass roots initiatives.


You may apply for an Elton John AIDS Foundation grant if you fall into the three groups below.


You are applying on behalf of an organisation that is a registered not-for-profit or charitable organisation. We are not able to provide grants to individuals.


The project you are applying for is located in one of the countries listed.

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You may apply, if you match our funding priorities.


Botswana*, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo*, Ethiopia*, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique*, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


China*, India, Indonesia*, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam*.

Note: Countries with a asterix (*) are not eligible for Pioneer Grants.


Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Note: For the Americas and the Caribbean, please visit

Our Grants

The grants we fund can be split into 2 categories based on the nature of their size and goals.


This comprises two specific funds:


A Pioneer Grant will be to support a specific initiative focusing on an individual key population at higher risk – such as men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and injecting drug users – within an individual country.


A Flagship Programme targets a specific vulnerable group through a number of related initiatives within an individual country.

Such programmes will look to genuinely ‘close a gap’ for a specific vulnerable group by engaging in a number of activities ranging from service delivery to advocacy.

Large Scale & Grass Roots Initiatives

We want to help drive progress towards a future where no one is newly infected with HIV or dies of AIDS. It is this momentum that has seen millions of people access life saving treatment in recent years, and new HIV infections drop dramatically in many countries.

To complement our priority focus on key populations at higher risk (see above), the Foundation will continue to play a role in regional and global initiatives that impact very large numbers of people living with or at risk of HIV.

It is also important to remember that the Foundation began 20 years ago with small, one-off grants to grassroots initiatives that could deliver tangible, immediate benefits to people living with HIV.

We believe this still has a critical place in the AIDS response and will continue to support these initiatives, which also give a personal voice to people most affected by the epidemic.