Apply today for the Southern Equality Fund!


If you’re on this page, you’re likely seeking funding for your work! We want to learn more about you, the work you're envisioning, and your community.

We provide general fund grants of up to $500 throughout the year, and #QueerTheVote grants of up to $500 in the months before elections. We also open special grant rounds focused on critical and emerging issues in the LGBTQ South.

We've made the application short and simple and we'll give you an answer as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that if you don’t receive the funding you’ve requested this time, we hope you'll keep in touch and participate in opportunities for training and support.

Before applying, please review the information below to make sure your proposal is a good fit for funding:

Criteria to apply:

These are required in order to receive funding:

  • 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.
  • Although groups are not required to be a 501(c)3 or have a fiscal sponsor in order to apply, we do require that all grantees adhere to 501(c)(3) requirements for funded work. 

What we prioritize:

These are not required, but guide our funding decisions:

  • Groups or individuals that face barriers to funding their work.
  • Work by and for underserved and marginalized communities.
  • Leadership demonstrates commitment 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.


The next #QueerTheVote round will open in May, 2018.

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