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Below are some general questions that we are asked in relation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, our fundraising work, grant applications, working with us and Sir Elton John.

Should your query not be answered after reading the below, please contact us directly.


How can I donate to the Elton John AIDS Foundation?

The best way to contribute to and support our work is by making a donation. For details on how to make online, telephone or postal donations to the Foundation please visit the Shop page of this website.

Can I volunteer at the Foundation?

We occasionally require new volunteers to assist with fundraising events and other activities. If you are interested in volunteering with us please email, highlighting any relevant skills that you feel would benefit our work.

Can I apply for a position at the Foundation?

The Foundation is staffed by a small number of hardworking employees and openings are rare. However, you are welcome to submit your CV to and we will keep it on file for future reference.


Is there a difference between the Elton John AIDS Foundation in London (UK) and the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York (USA)?

The Foundation exists as two separate entities: one located in London (UK Registered Charity 1017336) and the other in the New York (a US 501(c)(3) organisation). The two branches maintain distinct funding portfolios in order to maximize the impact of grant-making worldwide. The Elton John AIDS Foundation – London funds projects in Africa, Asia, and Europe while Elton John AIDS Foundation – New York -focuses its funding on programmes in the Americas and Caribbean. For more information about the Foundation in New York please visit:


How does the Foundation raise money?

We actively raise funds for our work through special events, arts related exhibitions, charity-clothing sales, sponsor partnerships, sponsored events and licensed merchandise. We also receive voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses and other Foundations. Since their inception, the Elton John AIDS Foundation-London and the Elton John AIDS Foundation-New York have raised a combined total in excess of USD$220 million which has been used to support work in 55 countries around the world. For more information on our fundraising activities please visit the Events page of our website.

Can I volunteer at an event?

We occasionally require new volunteers to assist with fundraising events. If you are interested in volunteering with us please email the, highlighting any relevant skills that you feel would benefit our work.


How does the Foundation distribute the money it raises?

We provide grants to organisations that share our mission of alleviating the physical, emotional and financial hardship of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

What are the Foundation’s programme countries?

Please visit the Grants page for a list of current programme countries.

Does the Foundation have offices in each of its programme counties?

In order to maintain our low (less than 5%) overheads and maximise the money available for programme activities, we do not have field offices or in-country staff. Our fundraising and grant programmes are managed by a small team based in London with support from in-country consultants as required.


Can my organisation apply for a grant?

Elton John AIDS Foundation is open to applications from not-for-profit organisations and registered charities for HIV related work in one or more of its programme countries. Please visit the grants page to check whether you are eligible to apply.

Will the Foundation support my organisation’s programme?

We have developed grant strategies for the period 2013 – 2017, focusing our response to maximise the impact of our funding based on the need and priority areas that have been identified. Please visit the grants page to see whether your proposed programme would fit within one of these priority areas before applying.

How and when can I apply?

You will find a downloadable Concept Note application form which includes instructions on how to complete and submit your form. We accept Concept Notes throughout the year, please check te individual grant opportunities for any specific deadlines.

What happens after I have applied?

You will receive an automatic response from outlining the Concept Note review process. We aim to respond to all Concept Note applications within 6 weeks, with those that are successful invited to submit a full application. Details of our full application process, including application forms and time frames will be forwarded to successful applicants at this time.

We will also inform unsuccessful applicants of the outcome of their Concept Notes; however, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are regrettably not able to provide individual feedback on unsuccessful submissions.

My charity is based in a country that isn’t listed as one of the Foundation’s current programme countries, will I be able to apply for a grant in future?

We undertake a strategic review of our programme countries every 3 years. The review process is complex and among many other factors, our Board of Trustees considers the latest empirical data on the spread and severity of HIV infections worldwide. A list of countries is then selected that we believe it is practical to fund in and in which its grants will achieve the greatest impact.

I am HIV-positive and require financial assistance, can the Foundation help?

Whilst much of our funding is focused on enhancing outcomes for individuals by supporting organisations to deliver a wide range of services, we do not provide grants directly to individuals. For assistance in the UK please contact the Terrence Higgins Trust through their website at or via their helpline on 0845 12 21 200.


Who do I contact to arrange for an Elton John interview/appearance/concert?

Please contact Elton’s management company, Rocket Music Management ( We are not able to deal with any requests unless specifically related to our work.

Can the Foundation arrange for an Elton John autograph/photo/concert tickets?

We cannot facilitate autographs or similar requests. Tickets and merchandise may be purchased through Sir Elton’s official website,

Can the Foundation assist me in delivering mail or a message to Sir Elton John?

We can only accept correspondence that is directly related to Sir Elton’s position as Founder of the Foundation. Personal or fan-mail, lyrics, music demos and the like will not be passed on.