Stonewall Community Foundation: New York City Funders

OVERVIEW: The Stonewall Community Foundation supports many different LGBTQ issues in New York City.

FUNDING AREAS: LGBTQ issues, equity, housing, homelessness, youth

IP TAKE: This LGBTQ-focused funder in NYC is very active in the local community and awards lots of small grants every year.

PROFILE: Established in 1990, the Stonewall Community Foundation is a collection of donor funds and based in New York City. The founders mobilized during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and honors the name of the Stonewall Inn, which had a historic uprising in 1969. This public foundation aims to “strengthen the LGBTQ Movement by making smart, values-driven investments in dynamic organizations, projects, and leaders.” It supports local LGBTQ issues in a variety of issue areas that include equity, housing, homelessness, and youth.

The Stonewall Community Foundation typically supports over 100 nonprofits each year in more than 30 issue areas. In addition to financial grants, the foundation also provides training programs and capacity building support to nonprofits. In recent years, the foundation has steadily supported the trans community, housing and homelessness causes, and youth-focused programs. Grants also go towards LGBTQ-focused cultural contributions, advancing LGBTQ rights, and the safety and wellness of LGBTQ populations. Overall, grantmaking focuses on grassroots, community-based organizations.

Grants range between about $25 and $5,000. The foundation offers microgrants of $25 to $625 through the Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund to help young women in need of support because of their LGBTQ affiliation. Nonprofit grants are larger and go to U.S.-based nonprofits. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the funder’s grantees page Grantmaking focuses on New York City. Past local grantees include the Ali Forney Center, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Out Boulder, and OutCycling.

This foundation occasionally accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The best way to keep informed about upcoming opportunities is to join the foundation’s mailing list. Direct general questions to the staff at or 212-457-1341.


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