You aren’t in this alone

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has seen crisis after devastating crisis, amplified injustices in the midst of an unjust world, and the holding of grief, loss, and fear in our communities.

But during a time that has taken so much, we have also seen abundance—we’ve seen generosity and nourishment, unwavering strength and resilience, and purpose that has long defined LGBTQ+ communities.

At the core of this abundance is the simple, yet revolutionary idea of community care—a value that has always been central to our work at Pride Foundation.

We launched our Crisis Community Care Fund in March of 2020 as part of our efforts to support LGBTQ+ community groups and organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington who are responding to COVID-19, and whose work had been impacted by the factors surrounding the pandemic.

This fund also provides resources to Black-led and centered racial justice organizing work in the Northwest—efforts that are addressing the systemic racism that resulted in the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on Black people and communities.

In 2020, we awarded nearly $1 million through this fund in flexible general operating support to 80 incredible groups and organizations across the Northwest. To read more about these efforts, and for more background on the fund, check out our latest report.

Looking forward, the work to reimagine and rebuild our world will take all of us, but we know that our communities have the care, abundance, power, and vision to get us there.

 

Who and what we fund

In 2020, we awarded CCC Funding proactively to current and past grant recipients of Pride Foundation.

We’re now excited to expand the reach and impact of our Crisis Community Care Fund even further. Our CCC Fund application is open to any groups and organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington who are meeting the emerging needs of LGBTQ+ communities as we work together to rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19.

Our Crisis Community Care Fund supports work in the three following areas:

  • Public Health Impact of COVID-19 (for example: vaccine clinics, direct services in response to the pandemic, services for mental health impacts, public education efforts around COVID-19 safety measures)
  • Social Impact of COVID-19 (for example: racial justice organizing, work addressing increased violence against Asian American communities)
  • Political and Legislative Impact of COVID-19 (for example: efforts in response to emerging political and legislative threats against our communities such as anti-trans bills)

For this fund, we prioritize work serving and led by LGBTQ+ people within these communities: 

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) 
  • Asian, East Asian, and Asian-American communities
  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Trans women and femmes
  • Older Adults/Elders
  • People with Disabilities
  • People experiencing homelessness

Our Crisis Community Care Fund Application is open

Click the link to apply!

Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply on our website here. If you would like support in applying, please reach out to our staff and they can schedule a call and fill out the application for you. We expect to both make awards proactively and through our application process to organizations that align with priority areas. If you know of organizations that fall within our criteria that you would like to recommend for funding, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff.

While we know that COVID-19 is having a tremendous and heartbreaking impact on individuals and families all over our region and our world, this funding is only available to 501(c)3 organizations and groups with a fiscal sponsor. We will, however, be prioritizing support to organizations who are providing direct support to those most impacted by the pandemic.

We fund groups and organizations in the Northwest region of the United States—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. We place heavy emphasis on funding groups that are most aligned with the priorities listed above. We ask organizations to decide for themselves if they fall within our priority populations.

Also, if your organization is an ally organization to the communities listed in our priorities and you are located in Seattle or another urban area, it is unlikely that you will be funded. If you are an ally organization in a rural/outside urban area and your organization is the only/one of the only organization(s) providing services in that area, it is more likely that you will qualify.

We expect average awards to be between $1,000 and $10,000.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and notifying recipients of awards during the last week of each month. Funds will be dispersed the last week of every month, beginning with our first round of awards in April 2021. For 2021 we have $250,000 budgeted and will make monthly awards until depleted. If your organization has an urgent need please note that in your application.

As of March 2020, we have discontinued our sponsorship program in order to focus all of our grant programming efforts on our Crisis Community Care Fund and Community Grants Program

Community Grants are happening! But not as normal. We have made changes to our process and our priorities for our Community Grants 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. We won’t be opening a public application for our Community Grants program this year, 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.

Right now, we can only make grant awards to organizations who are a 501c3 or who are fiscally sponsored by a 501c3. We are working to develop a system that will allow us to make grants to groups who are not fiscally sponsored or have 501c3 status. 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.

We have heard from grantees and community partners that they need a lot of support through this crisis. We are doing everything we can in this moment to mobilize resources to support them and show them that they are not in this alone, and we need everyone in our communities to join us.

Please consider making a gift to support our Crisis Community Care efforts today and taking a moment to read about the impact of this fund in 2020. As other opportunities to support become available, we will be sharing them with our network, so please sign up for our newsletter as well.

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 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 Kim Sogge, Senior Program Officer, with questions. 

We hope you’ll also take a moment to:

Check out our COVID-19 Resource List »

See the Crisis Community Care Fund grantees »

 

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