General Fund

We accept funding requests on an ongoing basis for projects based in the South that promote equality, safety, and/or visibility for Southern LGBTQ people. Once you submit your funding request, you will receive notification from the grants committee within one month with a decision. If your request for funding is approved, payment will be sent within 10 business from when we receive your required documentation. 

Criteria to request funding:

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 request funding, explaining why your work is a fit in the application.
  • You may not request 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 receive funding, we do require that all groups 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.


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