On May 15, 2018, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) released its annual open request for proposals (RFP). This year, in addition to a general open RFP, the Foundation has also released a special RFP for projects focused on addressing the HIV-related needs of Transgender People and Black Gay, Bisexual, SGL Men.
Any organization addressing one or more of EJAF’s grant-making priorities may submit a request for funding to be reviewed this year. Please consider applying for your organization, if applicable, or distributing this announcement across your networks to organizations that might be interested. Only one application per organization will be accepted, so please review both RFPs to determine which best fits the work of your organization.
Requests are open to any non-profit organization regardless of whether they have applied or received funding from EJAF in the past. We are open to considering both general operating support and project-specific funding requests.
EJAF open RFP – As of May 15, 2018
Elton John AIDS Foundation
General Open Call for Proposals
The mission of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is to end the AIDS epidemic by ensuring everyone has the information and means to prevent infection and all people living with HIV have access to high-quality medical care and treatment. At EJAF, we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives.
This EJAF general call for proposals is open to any organization working to address HIV and AIDS.EJAF maintains this open channel so our Foundation can hear from the field about strong programming and leadership in the effort to end HIV and AIDS and invest where our Foundation can have greatest impact on the epidemic.
First-time applicants should apply for grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 in the first year. EJAF will also consider requests up to $300,000 from organizations with a national focus or working in multiple countries and have a proven ability to implement large scale programs. EJAF will award only one-year grants, but with strong consideration for renewing successful grantees for multiple years.
First-time applicants, should complete an online letter of inquiry (LOI) form by 5 PM Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2018. EJAF will contact all applicants during the first week of August with information about whether a full proposal will be invited and any follow up. (Due to the high volume of requests, we kindly ask for no phone calls regarding your request.) Grants will be awarded in October and December 2018.
Grant-making priority areas:
EJAF will fund organizations working toward one or more of the following goals:
-WELLNESS: Improving the health of people living with HIV or at risk or affected by HIV
-RIGHTS: Upholding the rights of people living with and affected by HIV
-QUALITY OF LIFE: Addressing the social and economic needs of people living with and affected by HIV
-RESILIENCE: Strengthening the skills and strategies of organizations and activists addressing HIV.
EJAF will fund a wide range of activities and costs. We value programs:
-Led by and based in the communities being served;
-Advocating for improved industry and government health policies and funding;
-Piloting or scaling up innovative programs to promote health and rights;
-Demonstrating a history of activism, creativity, and urgency in working to address and curtail the HIV epidemic; and
-Grounded in evidence about where and among whom HIV infections are happening, and evidence about the best interventions to help people avoid infection or, if HIV-positive, to live healthy lives.
Grant applicants should be clear about who is intended to benefit from funded activities, how they will benefit, and how they are involved in the design and implementation of the program. HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects specific communities (see www.cdc.gov/hiv/group). This is in part because of how the virus is transmitted and also in part because historically high rates of HIV/AIDS in any network of people will persist until a very high percentage of that group of people know their status and can effectively use treatment and prevention services. People in these communities are central to the effort to end HIV and to promote health, rights, and equality. As active leaders and potential leaders, they are key to an effective response to the epidemic.
The following populations are prioritized within this General Open RFP:
-People living with HIV
-Black women and men (i.e. of African and/or Caribbean heritage)
-LGBT populations ?Hispanic/Latinx people
-Women and girls
-Adolescents and young adults
-People who use drugs
-People who are or have been incarcerated
-Migrants and immigrants
Funding priorities include:
-Innovations in health promotion and services including programs to increase rates of HIV testing, access to PrEP, and people's linkage to and engagement in health care and rates of viral suppression.
-Increased accommodation and services for people living with and affected by HIV, such as peer-led health promotion, social and mental health services, and provision of hormone therapy, to encourage increased rates of HIV testing, access to PrEP, and people's linkage to and engagement in health care and rates of viral suppression.
-Support of leadership and leadership development in HIV services and other health programs, including development of skills for organizational management and community leadership.
-Political organizing and advocacy by HIV-focused organizations and coalitions to promote health access, legal justice, and equal opportunity in education and employment.
Each applicant should carefully review this RFP in full before deciding to submit a request for funding. Applicants may submit only one application for consideration. Only applications that meet the following eligibility requirements will be considered for funding:
-Geographic Location– Applicants must be based and perform their work in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, or Latin America.
-Non-Profit Status– Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, per the guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with proper 501(c)(3) status. Appropriate verification of this federal status will be undertaken by EJAF before final grant decisions are made. Alternatively, organizations or coalitions that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor with such status to apply.
-Financial Stability– Organizations should be fiscally stable and viable prior to submission of the funding application. These funds are not intended to help start new organizations or serve as a replacement for discontinued funding.
-Grant Period– Applicants must be able to utilize funds within a 12-month period.
In addition, EJAF encourages applicants to meet the following criteria, which will strengthen their potential for receiving funds:
-Applicant organizations or networks should be led by and based in the communities being served. This includes representation of affected communities on organizational Boards, Executive Staff, and implementing staff and the participation of affected community members in the development and implementation of proposed activities.
-Applicants should have a demonstrated history of activism, advocacy, community organizing, service delivery, creativity, and urgency in working to address and curtail the HIV epidemic.
-Applicants’ strategies should either be grounded in evidence-based interventions or be willing to replicate best practices to promote health and wellbeing of identified communities.
Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV (MIPA)
Competitive applicants will explain how meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS (MIPA) is reflected in the organization’s culture, hiring practices, leadership development, and project design. This will be a critical component for all applicants, but especially those who may be newer to HIV work. It is important that the expertise of people most affected by the HIV epidemic are connected to and help inform your work.
What is MIPA?
MIPA is the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in the development, implementation, resolution and evaluation of programs and policies which impact their lives. MIPA asserts that:
-People living with HIV are subject matter experts in the issues that they face and have the right to participate in decision-making processes about issues that affect their lives;
-Those most affected by issues are integral to identifying sustainable solutions to address them;
-People living with HIV who are involved must be reflective of the local community affected by HIV; and
-Efforts to ensure involvement should emphasize populations often ignored or excluded from decision-making. MIPA also asserts that all people living with HIV cannot be represented by a single person, or that perspectives are race and gender-neutral. Because disclosure of HIV status can be dangerous, MIPA does not require disclosure of HIV status for participation. MIPA is more than tokenistic representation and participation. True meaningful involvement requires that people living with HIV understand their role at the table, have a decision-making voice (including the capacity to say no without repercussions), and are resourced appropriately to participate. Efforts should be made to ensure that all people living with HIV affected by a decision can participate in making that decision, including addressing accessibility concerns. Thus, MIPA builds in the processes necessary for effective and productive coalitions of people living with HIV.
-The first step of the application process is to submit an online letter of inquiry (LOI) form by 5 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, June 30 2018.
-EJAF will review LOIs during July, and in early August will invite a select number of organizations to submit full proposals. The deadline for full proposals will likely be in September 2018. Grants will be awarded in October and December 2018. All proposal and reporting deadlines will be clearly communicated to selected organizations.
-Requests must be made for one year of funding.
-Requests must be made in English.
-Organizations must be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a relationship with a nonprofit organization acting as fiscal sponsor.