OVERVIEW: The U.K.-based Sigrid Rausing Trust supports organizations that address homophobia and LGBTI discrimination.
IP TAKE: This funder works to develop long-term relationships with its grantees.
PROFILE: Billionaire Sigrid Rausing established the Sigrid Rausing Trust in 1995 to support and advance human rights work around the world. Based in the United Kingdom, the trust awards grants to rights organizations all over the globe, including the United States. The trust supports programs in Advocacy, Research and Litigation, Detention, Torture and Death Penalty, Human Rights Defenders, Free Expression, Transitional Justice, Women's Rights, LGBTI Rights, Xenophobia and Intolerance, and Transparency and Accountability.
The trust’s LGBTI Rights program supports organizations that “[work] to enhance the legal standing and social acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.” Specific areas of funding interest include discriminatory laws, homophobia, and violence. The trust typically awards LGBTI related grants to larger national organizations in the United States.
There are no maximum grant limits across all of the trust’s programs. However, it limits its giving to 25 percent of the budget of an organization or 25 percent of the budge of a project. The majority of its LGBTI grants range between £50,000 to £250,000. To learn more about the types of organizations the trust supports, explore its past and current grantees lists.
Sigrid Rausing does not accept unsolicited applications and instead identifies new potential grantees through networking, recommendations, and fieldwork. All new grantees are eligible for an initial one-year grant. Upon approval and review at the end of that initial grant cycle, previous grantees are eligible for grants for up to three years.
- Poonam Joshi, Executive Director
- Beth Fernandez, Director of Programs
- Kapil Gupta, Program Associate, LGBTI Rights