sefblogthumbnailyallmeansallbuttonsThe Southern Equality Fund provides funding and leadership training to groups and individuals across the South that are working to promote equality, safety, and/or visibility of LGBTQ people.

Groups must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a grant:

  • Must live and work in the South promoting equality, safety, and/or visibility of LGBTQ people.
  • Southern Equality Fund grants are intended to support grassroots and new work with annual budgets of less than $50,000; however, if your group's budget is more than $50,000, please go ahead and apply, explaining why your work is a fit in the application.
  • You may not apply for additional funding if you have already received $1,000 from the Southern Equality Fund in the past six months. This restriction does not apply to Rapid Response rounds.
  • Groups are not required to be a 501(c)3 or have a fiscal sponsor in order to apply.

Funding priorities:

  • Groups or individuals that lack access to traditional institutional resources.
  • Work by and for underserved and marginalized communities.
  • Leadership demonstrates committment to racial, economic and gender justice.
  • Work that centers the voices and leadership of Trans and GNC (Gender Non-Conforming) individuals and people of color within the LGBTQ community.
  • Projects that respond to immediate and urgent community needs;
  • Projects that work toward long-term change.

Options to submit your application:

  • Submit your application online;
  • Mail your paper application to CSE, PO Box 364, Asheville, NC 28802;
  • Call 828-771-6009 to schedule a phone call with CSE Staff or Advisory Council member; or;
  • Submit a video to

Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis by the SEF Advisory Council, a group of individuals based in the South who represent the communities the SEF seeks to serve —low-income, transgender, youth, people of color and immigrant populations. Applicants should receive a response to their application within a month of the date of submission, or sooner. If you have any questions or if your request is time sensitive, please contact or (828) 771-6009.

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