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 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 continues to respond, Pride Foundation believes that it is our primary role to take action 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 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 Community Groups & Organizations
If your organization has received funding from Pride Foundation, 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 the Pride Foundation staff person in your area 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 the staff person in your area:
Alaska: Chance Wilcox (he/him) firstname.lastname@example.org
Idaho: Steve Martin (he/him) email@example.com
Montana: Quinn Leighton (they/them) firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon: Kim Sogge (she/her) email@example.com
Washington (Outside of Puget Sound Area): Tylene Carnell (she/her) firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington (Puget Sound Area): Eden Shore (they/them) email@example.com
Crisis Community Care Fund
We launched the Crisis Community Care Fund in March of 2020 as part of our efforts to support community groups and organizations responding to COVID-19, and whose work is being impacted by the factors surrounding the spread.
Not only does this fund support organizations on the frontlines of this epidemic, it also provides resources to Black-led and centered organizing work around racial justice efforts in the Northwest, as these efforts are addressing the systemic racism that resulted in the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on Black people and communities.
This funding is flexible and geared toward supporting general operations, is moved in 1-2 weeks, has a simple and very low-barrier process, and we are proactive in reaching out to groups doing this critical work to reduce the administrative impact.
Who and what we 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 are proactively making 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 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 J. Allen, with questions or feedback.