Weissberg Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Weissberg Foundation supports LGBTQ organizations with annual budgets of $2.5 million or less.

IP TAKE: This funder restricts its LGBTQ grants to organizations located in Maryland, New Mexico, New York and Washington, D.C.

PROFILE: Marvin Weissberg founded the Weissberg Foundation in 1988 in order to “[a]dvance organizations and efforts that give voice and opportunity to historically marginalized populations.” Major grantmaking programs include Diversity in Theater, Equitable Justice and Reframing Washington.

Weissberg’s Equitable Justice program “[s]eeks to fund, amplify, build capacity and collaborate to advance organizations and efforts approaching justice reform with an intersectional lens.” The foundation’s intended beneficiary populations for this program include women, girls, transgender people of color and gender non-conforming people of color.

Although the foundation awards a few substantial grants each year in amounts upwards of $1 million, the majority of grant amounts fall in the $25,000 to $100,000 range. Past LGBTQ grantees include the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, which received funding for its work filling service gaps for transgender and queer immigrants incarcerated in detentions centers in the United States; and Rights4Girls, which received funding for tis work with young women, girls and non-conforming youth. To learn more about select organizations supported by Weissberg Foundation, explore its brief grantees list.

The Weissberg Foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals and requests for funding by announcing Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

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