Of community, by community, for community

We know that applying for grants takes time and energy, and in 2020 we made changes to our process and our priorities to better reflect Pride Foundation’s values and to be more clear about the impact we are trying to make through this program. We also made efforts to reduce the burden on organizations by streamlining our overall process to make the application simpler and the review process faster.

This year, we won’t be opening a public application for our Community Grants program, but we encourage groups and organizations that are interested in applying for funding from Pride Foundation to check out our Crisis Community Care Fund. We’ll be sharing more information about our decision not to open a Community Grants application in the coming weeks, but if you have questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kim Sogge, Senior Program Officer.

Crisis Community Care Fund

Learn more about this responsive and caring source of support today

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

Are you working to support immigrants and refugees in Oregon?

Your organization may be eligible for a grant from the Oregon and Immigrant Refugee Funders Collaborative

FAQs

This year, we won’t be opening a public application for our Community Grants program, but we encourage groups and organizations that are interested in applying for funding from Pride Foundation to check out our Crisis Community Care Fund. We’ll be sharing more information about our decision not to open a Community Grants application in the coming weeks, but if you have questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kim Sogge, Senior Program Officer.

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 your group or organization located in the Northwest region of the United States (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington)?
  2. 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? 
  3. Are you serving BIPOC communities intentionally and specifically? 
  4. Is your leadership reflective of the communities you serve?
  5. Are you the only, or one of few, organizations who are supporting LGBTQ+ communities in your area? 
  6. Are your efforts and services happening outside of major urban areas?
  7. Are you a smaller organization that lacks access to other funding sources? 
  8. Are you working with LGBTQ+ communities on one or more of the issues identified in priority 3 above?

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.

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