In the midst of unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19, with no reprieve in sight, we have heard from grantees and community partners that they are going to need a lot of support through this crisis.
Pride Foundation is committed to showing up for everyone in our communities, and centering those who are most impacted by COVID-19. We understand that this public health crisis disproportionately affects our communities, including those who are immunocompromised, living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ older adults, Black and Indigenous communities, and our East Asian communities who are experiencing racist and xenophobic attacks.
As our community partners, Pride Foundation believes that it is our primary role to take action and support the work you all are doing to ensure that all of our community members are cared for during this time of uncertainty.
This is the moment to boldly invest in response efforts that will support the organizations who make our community and our world beautiful—that work day in and day out to meet the critical needs of LGBTQ+ people and our families, and that move us further along the path toward justice.
For Current Grantees
If your organization is a current grantee, we want to alleviate any anxiety you might have about meeting grant deliverables or sending us updates. We understand that, at this time, organizational strategies might be shifting in order to be responsive to community needs, and we wholeheartedly support you in doing what you need to in this moment. We will be radically flexible with you all in responding to this current crisis.
Tell us what you need
In addition to financial support, we know there may be many other ways Pride Foundation and others can support you, your work, and our communities. We don’t want to make assumptions around what these are, so we created a very brief optional survey so you can share your thoughts with us. Answering this short survey is completely optional and will not affect any future funding. You are also welcome to email our Director of Programs, Jeremiah Allen, directly with feedback or to find time to talk 1:1, if that’s easier for you.
We are here to support you
Pride Foundation’s staff is here to help answer any questions or talk through any concerns your organization may have. Please feel free to reach out to our Director of Programs, Jeremiah Allen, or a Regional Philanthropy Officer in your area.
Crisis Community Care Fund
We have launched the Crisis Community Care Fund as part of our efforts to support community groups and organizations responding to this crisis, and whose work is being impacted by the factors surrounding the spread.
This funding will be flexible and geared toward supporting general operations, will be moved in 1-2 weeks, will have a simple and very low-barrier process, and we will be proactive in reaching out to groups doing this critical work to reduce the administrative impact.
Who and what we will fund
We recognize the disproportionate impact this virus has had, and will continue to have, on people in our communities. There are so many in real danger, and we are committed to centering those who are most impacted by this crisis.
At this time, we are not accepting applications for the fund, but instead we will proactively make grants to support current and previous Pride Foundation Community Grant, Rapid Response Fund, and Sponsorship recipients who are either:
- Providing direct services in response to the pandemic
- Facing budget crises as a result of COVID-19 and are in need of emergency bridge funding to continue their operations
- Or both
We will prioritize work within these communities:
- Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC)
- People living with HIV/AIDS
- Women of Color
- Older Adults/Elders
- People with Disabilities
- People experiencing homelessness
- East Asian Communities experiencing violence and discrimination
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Programs, Jeremiah Allen, with questions or feedback.