Nexus Fund: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Nexus Fund focuses its LGBTQ grants on combatting hate speech in the United States and abroad.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes organizations that focus on at-risk and conflict-affected regions in the Global South.

PROFILE: Sally Smith, who serves as the co-chair of the Conflict and Atrocity Prevention Funders Working Group, a joint project between the Peace and Security Funders Group and the International Human Rights Funders Group, founded the Nexus Fund in 2012. The foundation seeks to “[b]uild and strengthen the global community to end mass atrocities.” The Nexus Fund is also a project of the New Venture Fund, which operates small grants programs including its Atrocity Prevention Small Grants Fund, Dangerous Speech Global Fund, and Civil Society Exchange Program

Dangerous Speech Global Fund supports organizations in the United States and abroad that combat hate speech against ethnic, religious, and racial minorities; women; and the LGBTQ community. According to the fund’s website, it seeks to “[r]educe dangerous speech in the U.S. by ensuring efforts at all levels across the country are properly resourced...to ensure the most effect interventions.”

The average sized grant at Nexus is $5,000. Grantseekers may contact the fund at smallgrants@nexusfund.org for more information on its Atrocity Prevention, Dangerous Speech, and Civil Society Exchange programs.

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