We know that applying for grants takes time and energy, and we encourage you to read through the guidelines and priorities below before applying to help determine whether your organization is a good fit for this program. 

We have made some changes to our process and our priorities for our 2020 cycle to better reflect Pride Foundation’s values and to be more clear about the impact we are trying to make with this program. We have also made efforts to reduce the burden on organizations by streamlining our overall process to make the application simpler and the review process faster.

We welcome and encourage you to reach out to us with questions or to talk through your organization’s alignment with our priorities:

Alaska: Chance Wilcox (he/him) chance@pridefoundation.org
Idaho: Steve Martin (he/him) steve@pridefoundation.org
Montana: Quinn Leighton (they/them) quinn@pridefoundation.org
Oregon: Kim Sogge (she/her) kims@pridefoundation.org
Washington (Outside of Puget Sound Area): Tylene Carnell (she/her) tylene@pridefoundation.org
Washington (Puget Sound Area): Eden Shore (they/them) eden@pridefoundation.org

Community Grants Timeline:

Our Community Grants application is open from June 9th to July 10th

About Our Community Grants Program


The Community Grants Program supports smaller, grassroots, LGBTQ+ led and focused organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, especially those working with and in community who have been most harmed by
systemic injustices like racism, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, and transphobia. 

 

We prioritize funding for LGTBQ+ groups and organizations that are:

  1. Serving Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), and whose leadership* reflects these communities. Within these groups, we will especially prioritize those focused on:
    1. Trans women and femmes 
    2. Non-binary/non-conforming/gender diverse folks
    3. Immigrants 
    4. Disabled people/People with Disabilities
    5. Elders
      *We define leadership as: In positions with decision making power. This could mean that the majority of an organization’s staff leadership team (i.e. Directors/Executive Director) and/or the majority of its board members.

  2. Innovatively supporting communities when or where nobody else is, especially:
    1. Grassroots organizations and groups that were started with love, energy, and resources by the people who the organization is set up to serve. We believe in supporting the people closest to the issues to be empowered to create the solutions for themselves.
    2. Efforts and services happening outside of major urban areas 
    3. Work that is creatively reimagining what it means to provide direct services
    4. Organizations and groups that are not necessarily LGBTQ+ focused, but are led by queer and trans BIPOC who are leading inherently from an intersectional perspective. (We understand that because of racism queer and trans folks of color may not have found space within the larger LGBTQ+ movement to do this work. As part of Pride Foundation’s racial equity work, we recognize the importance of expanding how LGBTQ+ advocacy and movement building looks in communities of color.)
       
  3. Smaller, grassroots, and who don’t have access to mainstream funding sources, especially organizations and groups that are focusing on issues that are impacting LGBTQ+ folks at the intersection of social identities, including work that is focused on:
      1. Supporting and decriminalizing sex workers 
      2. Incarceration/criminal injustice and restorative justice
      3. Immigration 
      4. Healing Justice
      5. Disability Justice
      6. Housing and homelessness 
      7. Senior and elder support
      8. Youth support (particularly BIPOC youth and/or youth in rural communities)
      9. Anti-violence
      10. Supporting people living with HIV/AIDS
      11. Working to develop policy on behalf of, and led by, QTBIPOC
      12. Building the leadership of QTBIPOC folks, especially trans women, non-binary/non-conforming/gender diverse folks, immigrants, and disabled folks. 
      13. Climate justice

Sound like a good fit?

Click "Apply Today" to get to our Community Grants application!

FAQs

  1. Pride Foundation’s staff is continually throughout the year outreaching to groups and organizations across the Northwest who fall within the priority focus of our Community Grants Program. 
  2. Groups and organizations apply during the annual cycle. Pride Foundation staff is available to answer questions or offer support throughout this process.
  3. Applications are reviewed by a team of Pride Foundation staff and community reviewers who are recruited for their community involvement and connection and recommendations sent to our Board of Directors for final decision-making. 
  4. Decisions and grant awards are sent out in August or early September. 
  5. Pride Foundation staff are available to offer feedback and more information on the process and our decision-making.

We encourage groups and organizations who are working in the Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington), have 501c3 status or are fiscally sponsored, and who are focused on LGBTQ+ issues and communities and whose work falls within the priorities outlined above, especially those working with and in these communities: 

  • Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Trans people, especially trans women and femmes
  • Non-binary/non-conforming/gender diverse folks
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Disabled people/People with Disabilities
  • Elders 
  • Youth
  • People living with HIV/AIDS

At this time, we cannot make grant awards to individuals.

  • Pride Foundation’s grant application is available at: Community Grants Application
  • All organizations are first asked to complete an organization profile including contact information and EIN. This is a relatively new application platform, so most organizations will not have an existing account.
    • If you are a fiscally sponsored organization, use the EIN of your fiscal sponsor. You will be asked to include additional information about your fiscal sponsor in the application.
    • Information in the organization profile is available to you at any time in the future for updates.
    • If you lose your login password, use the “Forgot your password?” link on the login page to have it reset.
  • Once your organization profile is created, log in and select APPLY from the menu at the top of the page.
  • Select Community Grant Application and the current application will be available to you.
  • Applications must be completed by Midnight PDT on July 10, 2020.
  • If you have technical questions or problems, please contact: Craig Williams

In 2020, we have budgeted $550,000 in grant awards total. In the past, our average grant award has been $5,000. We expect many of the awards to continue to be around $5,000, though we hope to make some larger awards of $15,000-$20,000 to a few organizations whose work is deeply aligned with all or most of our priorities outlined above. 

Our intention is to make a smaller number of grants overall this year, but making deeper investments in the organizations who are awarded.

We encourage you to read through the purpose and priorities listed above, and to reach out to our staff to talk this through, but here are a few questions to reflect on that might help you decide whether your organization is a good fit. 

Please note that it is not expected that your organization would answer yes to all of these questions in order to be considered for funding. In general, organizations who meet the priorities better will more likely get funding. These questions will help you evaluate how well your organization fits within our priorities. 

  1. Is the primary focus of our work on LGBTQ+ people and communities or do you have a major programmatic focus on LGBTQ+ people and communities? 
  2. Are you serving BIPOC communities intentionally and specifically? 
  3. Is your leadership reflective of the communities you serve?
  4. Are you the only, or one of few, organizations who are supporting LGBTQ+ communities in your area? 
  5. Are your efforts and services happening outside of major urban areas?
  6. Are you a smaller organization that lacks access to other funding sources? 
  7. Are you working with LGBTQ+ communities on one or more of the issues identified in priority 3 above?

Our priorities are just that—priorities, not criteria for applying. We will give preference in awards and amounts to those groups and organizations who meet most or more of the above priorities, though we do not expect that all organizations and groups who apply will meet all or even most of them completely. How well an organization fits within the priorities will determine whether they receive funding, and will also impact the amount of funding.

Funding for our Community Grants program is a pool of resources that comes from our fundraising efforts each year, specific area of interest funds set up by donors (living and passed) and corporations who trust Pride Foundation to make decisions about awarding grants. These area of interest funds specifically focus on organizations and groups who are supporting people living with HIV/AIDS and organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth, especially BIPOC youth, youth living in rural communities, and youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Maybe. As outlined in our priorities, we are primarily focused on supporting smaller, grassroots, LGBTQ+ led and serving organizations who don’t have access to mainstream funding sources. We understand that in some places and communities, this work sometimes falls within organizations whose work is not only LGBTQ+ focused. 

If your organization is the only source of support for LGBTQ+ people in your community, you likely would be a fit. 

If your organization is led by QTBIPOC folks who are leading inherently from an intersectional perspective, you also are likely a fit. We understand that because of racism queer and trans folks of color may not have found space within the larger LGBTQ+ movement to do this work. As part of Pride Foundation’s racial equity work, we recognize the importance of expanding how LGBTQ+ advocacy and movement building looks in communities of color.

Right now, we can only make grant awards to organizations who are a 501c3 or who are fiscally sponsored by a 501c3. We know that a lot of people and groups are doing really important work right now that do not have 501c3 nonprofit status, or do not want to get that status for the purpose of getting grants. 

We understand and appreciate your efforts, and are working to develop a system that may allow us to make grants to groups who are not fiscally sponsored or have 501c3 status, but we are not able to yet. Please reach out to us if you are in this situation so we can figure out if there are any options to consider in the meantime. 

Not right now, but we encourage you to apply annually for funding. We understand how important reliable funding is for continuity, stability, and growing capacity, and we are continuing to try to evaluate our internal processes to find ways to be a better partner in this way.

Is your organization working to support immigrants and refugees in Oregon? You may be eligible to receive a grant from the Oregon and Immigrant Refugee Funders Collaborative.

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