Fund for Global Human Rights: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Fund for Global Human Rights awards grants to LGBTQ+ organizations working in North Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

IP TAKE: While this funder focuses its grantmaking on regions of the world in which rights violations of LGBTQ+ communities are most egregious, it also awards grants to groups working in the United States.

PROFILE: Established in 2003, the Fund for Global Human Rights aims to “[m]ove human rights forward by providing resources and tools to the people and organizations on the ground who have real potential to generate positive change.” The fund focuses its grantmaking on multiple rights issues including migrants’ rights, activism under threat, LGBTI, sexual orientation and gender identity, women’s rights, children’s rights, resource rights and corporate accountability and justice and rule of law.

The fund’s LGBTI grants support a wide range of causes including violence, access to healthcare, access to education, worker rights protections, decriminalization, and pro-LGBTI policymaking.

Grant amounts typically range from $5,000 to $50,000. Past LGBTI grantees include the Foundation for SOGI Rights and Justice, which received funding for its work in Thailand promoting LGBTI rights and challenging discrimination; and the Rainbow Rights Project, which received a grant for its work providing legal assistance to LGBTI people whose rights have been violated. To learn more about the types of organizations the fund supports and at what level, examine its recent grants list.

The fund operates regular, emergency and donor advised grants programs. Its regular grants program does not accept unsolicited requests for funding; however, it remains flexible with its emergency and donor advised programs.

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