Common Stream: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: Common Stream funds LGBTQ organizations that operate across the United States. Specifically, the foundation funds LGBTQ work that benefits youths, schools, and theater as an empowerment tool.

IP TAKE: This funder award both general operating support and project specific grants. It also awards single and multi-year grants.

PROFILE: Based in Massachusetts, Common Stream is a nonprofit that “[b]elieve(s) that people are divided by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and culture because of an unfair distribution of power and resources.” Its grantmaking supports “[b]uilding a progressive movement in the United States in order to realize a vision of justice, ecological integrity, and equality." Common Stream’s grantmaking programs include ecological sustainability, defense of wild areas, environmental justice, economic justice, youth organizing and LGBT rights.

In the LGBTQ grantmaking space, Common Stream supports organizations that work to improve the safety of LGBTQ youth in schools and communities, promote economic justice, combating discrimination, and use theatre as an empowerment and educational tool.

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $40,000. Past LGBTQ grantees include the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. To learn more about the types of organizations Common Stream Supports and at what level, explore its grants page.

Common Stream does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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