Rainbow World Fund: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Rainbow World Fund supports humanitarian aid organizations in both LGBT and non-LGBT communities around the world.

IP TAKE: This LGBT funder does not award many grants each year, typically fewer than 10. 

PROFILE: Jeffrey Cotter has worked in the HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights fields since 1987. In 2000, Cotter founded the Rainbow World Fund to “[p]romote peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBT movement in participating in humanitarian relief efforts.” The fund describes itself as the “[f]irst and only all-volunteer, LGBT-based humanitarian aid organization.”

The Rainbow World Fund offers disaster and refugee related grants to organizations providing, emergency food aid, medicines, and other supplies, such as art and school supplies, to communities around the world.

The fund’s grants are modest and typically range between $5,000 and $10,000. Past grantees include the Blue Diamond Society, which received a grant to help the people affected by the earthquake in Nepal and Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG) to help Ugandan LGBT refugees. To learn more about the types of organizations the fund supports, explore its recent grants lists.

The fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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