Calamus Foundation: Grants for LGBT

OVERVIEW: The Calamus Foundation focuses on "services to the LGBT community that promote and support its formation, growth, identity, general well-being and social and legal rights, as well as programs and activities that focus on care and support services to individuals with HIV/AIDS."

IP TAKE: This funder is modestly sized, but offers expansive funding. Grants may include support for "ongoing programs and projects, general operational and administrative support, capital and building campaigns, and other unique and creative projects." 

PROFILE: The Calamus Foundation, based in New York City, was founded in 1994 by Saul Kaplan. When Kaplan passed away in 2004, the foundation "received the bulk of his estate." The organization focuses on making grants that provide "care and support" for individuals with HIV, as well as the "formation, growth, identity, general wellbeing and social and legal rights" of the LGBTQI community. 

While Calamus Foundation does not facilitate specific programs, its broad approach to LGBTQI grantmaking entertains a variety of projects so long as they align with the foundation's mission. Unfortunately, the foundation prefers a semi-low public profile and does not provide information regarding past grantees. However, grants range from $2,500 to more than $400,000.

The Calamus Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, and applicants seeking consideration must first complete an online form on Calamus's website. Applications are reviewed on an rolling basis, and all domestic LGBTQI groups are eligible to receive grants.  The foundation has also increased its grantmaking to support the transgender community, including a recent grant to support "educational efforts focused on gender identity and expression issues."

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