Colin Higgins Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Colin Higgins Foundation supports LGBTQ youth around the country.

IP TAKE: This funder has an eye on organizations working with historically underserved and underprivileged LGBTQ populations such as youth of color, as well as, immigrant, rural, transgender, and reservation communities.

PROFILE: Screenwriter, director, and producer Colin Higgins established the Colin Higgins Foundation in 1986 to not only further his philanthropic goals, but also support “LGBTQ youth in underserved communities and programs and organizations that foster and build their leadership and empowerment.”

The foundation seeks organizations supporting grassroots organizing, those working with underserved populations, and groups working to bring about legal and political systemic change that impacts LGBTQ youth. Higgins also supports organizations that are connecting LGBTQ youth with social justice movements.

Grants are modest and typically range from $1,000 to $25,000 with most falling on the lower end of that spectrum. Past grantees include the Ali Forney Center for its #HarlemNoHate campaign, and the LGBT Center Orange County, which received support for tis Queer and Trans Youth Holiday Giving Program. To learn more about Higgins Foundation grantees, explore its grant history.

In addition to its grantmaking, the foundation awards LGBTQ activists ages 20 and under a $10,000 Colin Higgins Courage Award. Individuals must be nominated for this award. Click here to learn more.

The Higgins Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


Colin Higgins Foundation

PO Box 29903

San Francisco, California 94129

(415) 561-6400