Gill Foundation: Grants for LGBT

OVERVIEW: The Gill Foundation invests in policy and advocacy work that  "achieve equality in the United States for all people, including sexual orientation and gender identity or expression" across the United States.

IP TAKE: Grant proposals are by invitation only, but the foundation accepts letters of interest. 

PROFILE: The Gill Foundation, based in Denver, was established in 1994 by software entrepreneur Tim Gill, who was inspired to play a more prominent role in LGBTQI advocacy after his home state of Colorado passed a ballot initiative denying equal protection to LGBTQI Coloradoans.  A leader in LGBTQI grantmaking, the Gill Foundation supports grants to "organizations working on policy and advocacy efforts to achieve equality in the United States for all people, including sexual orientation and gender identity or expression." The foundation prioritizes equal treatment in employment, family recognition, safe schools (to reduce anti-LGBTQI bullying), and "A Prosperous Colorado."

The Gill Foundation conducts LGBTQI grantmaking through all four of its programs. A dedicated funder, all four programs address LGBTQI advocacy and services. Its Colorado program specifically supports STEM education that supports intersectional teaching, financial services, and public broadcasting. The foundation has invested up to 35% of its grantmaking in Colorado. In contrast, its equal treatment program currently focuses on building public support for LGBTQI rights in Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. Its safe schools program addresses bullying in schools, which affects 82.5% of LGBTQI students. Lastly, its family recognition program works to both increase public support for gay marriage and combat "religious exemptions that would encourage discrimination against LGBT people."

At this time, Gill does not fund clinical HIV/AIDS research, prevention or direct client services to community-based HIV/AIDS organizations outside Colorado, or art programs for or about HIV. Grants range from $1,500 to six figures.  Past grantees include the Freedom for All Americans Fund, Faith in Public Life, and K-12 programs in Englewood schools. 

While Gill accepts letters of inquiry, it does not consider unsolicited grant proposals, Formal grant proposals are by invitation only, but organizations may submit a letter of interest.  Grantseekers seeking funds will follow a different process, depending on whether the funding requested is for Colorado-based or national LGBT work.  

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