Sir Elton John has announced that his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation is launching a $1-million COVID-19 emergency fund.

“For almost 30 years, my foundation has prioritized the most vulnerable people to HIV to end the AIDS epidemic, and we’re committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis too,” he stated.

“Distributing medicines, testing and preventive treatment is not a simple as it was a few weeks ago. We must keep up momentum, or else the results could be disastrous for people living with HIV and other infectious diseases. We’re with you, we’re thinking of you, we will not leave anyone behind. All of us at the Elton John AIDS Foundation are thinking of our grantees, supporters, members across the HIV community, and their loved ones during this challenging time.”

“For almost 30 years, the Foundation has prioritized those most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and those most likely to be left behind, such as the LGBT community, adolescents, drug users, and people in remote places and we are committed to continue our work during the COVID-19 crisis.”

With this announcement, the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund is accepting applications for solutions that have strong potential to address specific challenges that have arisen for people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS and who are now at heightened risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such solutions should aim to demonstrably mitigate the threat of COVID-19 on maintaining current levels of access or increasing access to HIV-related prevention, testing, care and treatment adherence services.


For full details on the application, timeline, selection criteria, please download our request for proposal outline HERE.

To submit an application to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, please complete this application form and budget template, and email both along with your most recent audited accounts to by April 23, 2020 at 5:59 PM GMT, with the subject line “COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND – YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME”. Applications submitted via post, facsimile, or other form will not be accepted.


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