Ms. Foundation for Women: Grants for LGBT

OVERVIEW: The Ms. Foundation for Women seeks organizations fighting for broad policy change for women’s rights.

IP TAKE: This funder supports women’s groups from the grassroots level to the national level.

PROFILE: Gloria Steinem, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Marlo Thomas, and Patricia Carbine established the iconic Ms. Foundation for Women in 1973 in order to “elevate women’s voices and create positive change.” Today, the foundation continues to highlight the challenges women continue to face “especially women of color and low income women, living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both.”

The Ms. Foundation for Women’s grantmaking programs include Economic Justice, Policy and Advocacy, Safety, and Women’s Health. The foundation awards grants to a broad range of women’s issues across all of its programs, such as ending gender-based violence, protecting women’s access to healthcare, and women’s sexual and reproductive health rights.

The Ms. Foundation largely awards its LGBT-related grants out of its Safety program, which concentrates its grantmaking on “[a]ddressing the multiple breaches in safe living conditions for cisgender and transgender black women and girls.” According to the foundation. “Black women and girls will require changing the policies and practices that lead to the criminalizing of this particularly vulnerable population.”

Grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Examples of past LGBT grantees include Trans Sistas of Color and Every Black Girl. To learn more about Ms. Foundation grantees, examine its current grantees list.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It occasionally announces open calls for proposals on its website.

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