LBTQ Giving Council: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The LBTQ Giving Council is affiliated with the Chicago Women’s Foundation and supports local LBTQ women and girls with access to healthcare and information, freedom from violence, and economic security grants.

FUNDING AREAS: LBTQ women and girls, access to healthcare and information, freedom from violence, economic security

IP TAKE: This funder has deep roots in the local lesbian community, so pitch an idea to benefit lesbian youth in Chicago.

PROFILE: Established in 2004, the LBTQ Giving Council (LBTQGC) is a women-focused collective fund affiliated with the Chicago Foundation for Women. This group engages in fundraising to award grants that benefit lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning women and girls in Chicago. It was the first grantmaking entity in Chicago to provide grants exclusively to the lesbian community through its Lavender Fund. The council typically has one woman serve as chair. Members contribute at least $250 in order to participate in fundraising and grantmaking. LBTQGC funds local efforts for access to healthcare and information, freedom from violence, and economic security for girl- and women-identified people.

The LBTQ Giving Council commonly supports organizations that serve youth, incarcerated women, legal rights, and advocacy. It is a collaborative funder that looks to connect members of the community and create positive change at the local level. LBTQGC also supports events, such as the Annual International Women’s Day Dance, and relevant trainings and workshops.

Grants range between about $3,000 and $4,000. In a recent year, the funder awarded $8,600 total to two grantees. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the grantee listings by year on the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on the Chicago region of Illinois. Past local grantees include Brave Space Alliance, the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, and Chicago Books to Women in Prison.

This giving council requests and accepts grant applications from local nonprofits. The council meets monthly, grantmaking occurs in the winter and spring, and LBTQGC awards grants in June. Grantseekers must use the Chicago Foundation for Women’s online grant application system to apply for grants. Direct general questions to Eli Marsh on the staff at or 312-577-2825.


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