Brother, Help Thyself: Grants for LGBT

OVERVIEW: Brother, Help Thyself awards grants to LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award grants to organizations with revenues that exceed $2 million and is well-suited for smaller, or less established organizations.

PROFILE: Four motorcycle clubs established Brother, Help Thyself (BHT) in 1978. It was reportedly one of the first organizations to focus on health, cultural, and social services across LGBTQ communities. BHT offers funding for LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

BHT supports local community organizations that “[s]how a potential for strong community impact.” BHT is a small nonprofit offering modest-sized grants. Past grantees include the LGBT Fallen Heroes fund, which received support for its work honoring fallen police, EMT, and military service members; and Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, which received a grant for its work counseling and providing help to juvenile prostitutes. Grant amounts can range from around $5,000 to $15,000; however, most awards remain under $5,000.

BHT accepts unsolicited grant applications during its open grant cycle. While the foundation has yet to announce its deadlines for the current grant cycle, the deadline date for submissions typically falls toward the end of August. Grantseekers are encouraged to check the BHT website for updates regarding application instructions and deadlines.

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