Pride Foundation’s Rapid Response Fund was originally created in 2016 to counter emerging threats at local and national levels against the hard-fought legal, economic, and cultural advances our communities have made. These threats undermine our humanity and our worth, and our responsiveness to them is critical.
Since then, the Rapid Response Fund has been an important tool in supporting our communities in nimble and flexible ways, ensuring that resources can get where they are needed most quickly and with few barriers.
Over the past two years, the cultural and political landscape has continually shifted, and the threats and needs have evolved alongside. We are committed to making sure this Fund continues to be a resource and mechanism for our community to be responsive and effective in the face of this changing landscape.
What We Fund
The Rapid Response Fund ensures that groups responding to emerging developments in their communities have the critical resources that are needed to come together and protect one another in face of new and renewed threats. Through it, we support projects and organizations focused on timely issues that require a quick but significant response.
These quick and timely grants support things like:
- Community organizing efforts in response to incidents of hate and violence, significant policy changes, and other timely events
- Legal support and related services for immigrants and refugees in response to local and federal changes
- Organizing, support, and services for activities related to changes in rights and access for trans and gender diverse people at local, state, and federal levels
- Mental health and related services for LGBTQ people in crisis
- Public education and organizing efforts in response to opportunities like the 2020 Census and local, state, and federal elections
What We Don’t Fund
- Requests from individuals
- Requests from organizations and/or projects outside of our region (AK, ID, MT, OR, or WA)
- National organizations or their local affiliates (except for programs developed at the local level and specific to local needs)
- Requests from Universities/Colleges/Campus Centers/Post-Secondary Academic Institutions
- Academic research
- More than one Rapid Response Fund application per organization within the last 6 months of receiving a Rapid Response Fund grant
- Film making or post-production
- Fundraising or recognition events
- Capital campaigns
- Reimbursement for expenses related to past activities or past projects