Stonewall Community Foundation: Grants for Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Stonewall Community Foundation supports LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers. 

IP TAKE: This funder generally limits its grantmaking to organizations working in New York City.

PROFILE: Established in 1990, the Stonewall Community Foundation operates in New York City to “[s]trengthen the LGBTQ movement by making smart, values-driven investments in dynamic organizations, projects, and leaders.” The foundation offers microgrants, grants and scholarships. Stonewall has one of the largest scholarship programs in the country supporting LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.

Stonewall prioritizes grants to LGBTQ organizations serving New York City; however, it has awarded grants to LGBTQ organizations located elsewhere in the United States. For example, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation in Washington, D.C., is a past grantee, as is the Love, Honor, Cherish Foundation, located in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the types of organizations Stonewall supports, explore its grantee partners list.

Grant amounts typically fall in the $5,000 to $25,000 range. Stonewall limits its micro-grants to between $25 and $650. The foundation’s latest tax filings reveal that its scholarship amounts vary widely, though most range from around $10,000 to $15,000.

The foundation announces grant opportunities throughout the year during which time it accepts unsolicited grant applications. LGBTQ individuals applying to its micro-grants program may do so at any time, though applicants should be aware of the foundation’s current focus for its micro-grants, which is subject to change. 


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