Rainbow World Fund: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Rainbow World Fund supports LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ communities in need around the world. 

IP TAKE: This LGBT funder does not award a large number of grants each year, typically fewer than 10. 

PROFILE: Jeffrey Cotter has worked in the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ rights fields since 1987. In 2000, Cotter founded the Rainbow World Fund to “promote peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBT movement in participating in humanitarian relief efforts.” The fund describes itself as the “first and only all-volunteer, LGBT-based humanitarian aid organization.” The Rainbow World Fund offers grants, emergency food aid, medicines, and other supplies, such as art and school supplies, to people in need both domestically and abroad. 

The fund’s grants are modest, and range between $5,000 and $10,000. Past grantees include the OneOrlando Fund to help survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida and Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG) to help Ugandan LGBT refugees. To learn more about the types of organization’s the fund supports, explore its recent grants lists.

The fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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