LGBTQ Community Fund: Grants for Utah

OVERVIEW: The LGBTQ Community Fund various needs of local LGBTQ communities throughout Utah.

FUNDING AREAS: LGBTQ needs, youth, homelessness, art, health, advocacy

IP TAKE: This funder has been reassessing its grantmaking strategies, so stay tuned for updates on how the fund may shift its approach to LGBTQ issues.

PROFILE: Established in 2012, the LGBTQ Community Fund is an interest-specific fund held at the Community Foundation of Utah in Salt Lake City. The fund got its start with a $50,000 challenge grant that helped find a transitional home for gay and transgender men living on the street. The fund launched a competitive grant process in 2013. It aims to “unite LGBTQ giving by leveraging individual gifts to create a meaningful impact” and to “strengthen Utah’s LGBTQ community and our state as a whole.” The fund supports local efforts that aid LGBTQ people in the region.

The LGBTQ Community Fund leverages gifts from donors, addresses changing community needs for LGBTQ people, and increases visibility for LGBTQ philanthropy in Utah. Its grantmaking funds derive from planned gifts, online donations, non-cash donations, and gifts on behalf of loved ones. Common themes of the fund’s grantmaking include providing shelter and resources for homeless youth, mentoring through art, and the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals.

Grants range between about $1,000 and $5,000.  Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the annual giving drop-down menus on the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on communities throughout the state of Utah. Past local grantees include Comunidades Unidas, Equality Utah, Salt Lake Acting Company, and U of U College of Health.

At the time this profile was written, the fund was taking time to reassess its grantmaking processes and strategies, and therefore, not currently accepting new grant applications. However, it has typically accepted grant applications in June in recent years. Check the funder’s website for the most current information about how to apply for funding. Direct general questions to the staff at lgbtq@utahcf.org or 801-559-3005.

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