Horizons Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Horizons Foundation emphasizes activism and advocacy in the Bay Area, but not exclusively. It supports LGBTQ grantmaking in this geographic area.

IP TAKE: Horizons, led by Executive Director Roger Doughty, is more accessible than many LGBTQ funders. Much of its funding occurs as small grants to organizations working at the grassroots level.

PROFILE: Initially the "philanthropic arm" of a Bay Area business association, the San Francisco-based Horizons Foundation became an independent organization in 1988. Some prominent early donors to Horizons, including Lawrence R. Lucas and Douglas M. Jackson, paved the way for the foundation to become involved in LGBTQ advocacy in the 1980s, and Horizons touts itself as the "world's first LGBT community foundation." The foundation seeks to "mobilize and increase resources for the LGBTQ movement and organizations that secure the rights, meet the needs, and celebrate the lives of LGBTQ people," as well as empower donors and steward a "permanently endowed fund through which donors can make legacy gifts to ensure our community’s capacity to meet the future needs of LGBTQ people." 

The Horizon Foundation directs its LGBTQ grantmaking across five separate programs. Led by Executive Director Roger Doughty, Horizons "has intentionally funded across a broad range of issues and communities," including the arts, culture, youth outreach, diversity programs (such as those targeting Latino and Latina LGBTs), public health services (especially for victims of HIV/AIDS), support for the elderly, and transgender people of color. 

Horizon grants range from $2,500 to $5,000; however, it occasionally grants $100,000 or more. Grantseekers should note, however, that Horizons predominately supports smaller organizations working at the local level. Past grantees may be consulted here

The foundation holds workshops so grantseekers can gain a complete understanding of the application process, but those who are unable to attend are free to contact Horizons directly for information about how to proceed. 


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