Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund: Grants for LGBT

OVERVIEW: The Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund awards grants to organizations across the country; however, the majority of grants go to support LGBTQ organizations located in California.

IP TAKE: The Moonwalk Fund awards general operating support grants rather than those to support specific projects or programs.

PROFILE: Located in Larkspur, California, the Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund was established in 1997. This low profile funder does not maintain a website and only employs one formal staff member. After examining its tax filings, it appears as if the fund predominately supports organizations located in California, particularly those working in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

In the LGBTQ funding space, the Moonwalk Fund appears to support community and local based establishments such as the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and Lyric, a San Francisco based organization that works LGBTQ youth in the area, fostering social justice, leadership, and diversity.

Although the Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund awards one or two larger sized grants each year, the vast majority of awards fall in the $5,000 to $10,000 range. The fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


  • Vivian L. Schneider, President


Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund

c/o Vivian L. Schneider

62 Rose Lane

Larkspur, California 94939

(415) 891-8792