Crawford Idema Family Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Crawford Idema Family Foundation limits its LGBTQ grantmaking to organizations serving South Santa Barbara County in California and Concord, Massachusetts.

IP TAKE: This funder offers grants for projects, general operating costs, organizational capacity building, facilities, equipment, and capital campaigns.

PROFILE: Founded in 1997 through a gift from Tom and Nancy Crawford, the Crawford Idema Family Foundation seeks organizations “benefiting society by strengthening institutions dedicated to helping individuals lead healthy and productive lives.” The foundation maintains a low public profile. As a result, it does not operate a website and employs only one formal staff member. However, grantseekers can download its proposal guidelines by conducting a quick online search.

The Crawford Idema Family Foundation promotes social and economic empowerment for all individuals, including the LGBTQ community. In this space, the foundation prioritizes increasing the availability of programs for LGBTQ youth, providing access to counseling and support for LGBTQ youth and their families, challenging misconceptions and stereotypes of the LGBTQ community, and increasing the prominence of positive gay and lesbian role models. 

While the foundation does not have grant limits, its tax filings indicate that most awards range between $5,000 to $20,000. Crawford Idema has one grantmaking cycle per year with decisions made by the board in early November. Grantseekers may submit a brief letter of inquiry from April 1 through August 15 for consideration in the current year’s grantmaking cycle. Applicants should send their submissions to the attention of Philip Vander Wilden at the address provided below or contact him via email at


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Crawford Idema Family Foundation

100 Main Street, Suite 325

Concord, Massachusetts 01742

(978) 315-0505