John Larsen Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The John Larsen Foundation funds efforts to address inequality and discrimination amongst LGBTQ populations, especially youth.

IP TAKE: This funder awards both general operating support and project specific grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1991, the Minneapolis, Minnesota based John Larsen Foundation aims to “better the lives of individuals and families, both traditional and non-traditional.” The foundation focuses its grantmaking on its home state, specifically the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area, the Whitefish Lake Chain area in northern Minnesota, as well as the Cross Plains/Black Earth area in Wisconsin. Formal grantmaking programs include arts and humanities, community enhancement, education, environment, human rights, and human services.

The John Larsen Foundation largely conducts LGBTQ grantmaking through its Human Rights and Human Services program. In the LGBTQ human rights space, the foundation is “especially concerned with the struggle for equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.” Larsen’s Human Services program awards grants to organizations supporting LGBTQ youth, promoting tolerance, and those building peaceful and sustainable conflict resolution.

The Larsen Foundation’s grants are typically modest in amount, often ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Past awards have gone to support organizations such as Avenues for Homeless Youth, among many others. To learn more about Larsen grantees, explore its Grants Lists.

The John Larsen Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests. The foundation makes grants one time per year in November. Grantseekers must submit their applications by September 15 to be considered for funding during the current grant cycle.


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