BRIGHTON, England, November 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EMBARGOED: Not for publication until 23:01 GMT on 29 November 2016 A Rapid Response Fund to support HIV services at risk as a result of human rights violations has been launched by the International HIV AIDS Alliance. In its first few weeks the $4 millionLGBT Rapid Response Fund received more than 235 applications from organisations providing HIV services. The fund supports organisations working with LGBT in 29 countries in response to situations where HIV services are threatened because of stigma, discrimination or violence. Grants from $500 to $20,000 are available from the fund which is supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UNAIDS. For World Aids Day the Alliance has issued a report 'Rapid Response: Breaking down the barriers preventing LGBT people and men who have sex with men from accessing HIV services' detailing the fund's work. Sir Elton John said: "This work is badly needed. In a short space of time, the fund received more than 235 applications. Each request makes horribly clear just how much LGBT human rights abuses serve as a barrier to ending AIDS. Now more than ever it's time for government leaders and philanthropists to join efforts to overcome the anti-LGBT stigma, discrimination and violence that is making the HIV epidemic worse."