Donor: Mercury Phoenix Trust
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United Kingdom
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: 300.000GBP
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 5.000GBP
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Children & Youth
  • Education
  • Health

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Brazil, Colombia, Haiti

  3. Asia

      Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vietnam

  4. Europe

      Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Papua New Guinea


1) Objective

The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury who died in 1991 from AIDS. In the last 21 years the Trust has given away over 15 million dollars in his name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS. The aim of this funding opportunity is to combat and prevent HIV/AIDS. Most funding is provided for education and awareness projects in the developing world, particularly aiming at young people in and out of school and projects to help children orphaned by AIDS.

2) Eligibility

They only fund registered charities and do not fund individuals or give travel grants.

3) Location

They fund projects across the globe and have so far supported projects in 57 countries.

4) Budget

Average grant size is £5,000 per project. The annual funding volume of app. £500,000 for an average of 100 projects a year.

5) Application 

An application form can be requested via email (jan(a)idrec.com) and submitted anytime throughout the year. In addition to a completed application form, they require a budget and the following documents: registration certificate, audited accounts, articles of association and annual reports. Once a charity has received funding they request a six monthly progress report and an end of the project report, and expect regular small updates with photos and if possible video footage to publish on their website.

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