Pride Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports LGBTQ advancement and equality efforts in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Annual grant applications are accepted online.

FUNDING AREAS: LGBTQ advancement and equality in the in the Northwest

IP TAKE: Within the realm of LGBTQ funding, grants from the Pride Foundation touch on a wide variety of topics. This is a very transparent and accessible foundation that’s easy to approach and get to know.

PROFILE: Based in Seattle, Washington, the Pride Foundation has a single mission: to expand opportunities and advance equality for LGBTQ people in the Northwest. This foundation is specific to the Pacific Northwest and funds programs in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Pride is grounded in the social justice philanthropy that's been developing for over three decades.

Check the foundation's website for new grant opportunities for projects that improve the lives of LGBTQ youth, adults, and families in local Northwest communities. Pride Foundation typically hosts information sessions where prospective grantees can ask questions. They look for grantees and programs that reduce disparities within the LGBTQ community, promote structural change, address safety, engage LGBTQ people in society, and collaborate with other organizations.

General, capacity building, project/program, and joint project support are all provided. Annual grant applications are typically due at the end of June, and organizations are notified of denial or approval by November. Only organizations that operate in one or more of these five states are eligible for grants. A list of past grantees is here. Most grants are between $1,000 and $10,000. Current financial information is here.

The foundation has various initiatives to further its mission, such as the Rapid Response Fund to provide quick and timely grants as pressing needs arise. The Queer Youth Initiative supports regional youth centers. The Racial Equity Initiative addresses needs of people of color. The Shareholder Advocacy program works with companies to improve policies for LGBTQ workers, and the Homeless LGBTQ Youth Initiative focuses on young people in the state of Washington and city of Portland, Oregon. The foundation also provides scholarships and sponsorships.

Grantseeker questions can be directed to Gunner Scott, the director of programs, at gunner@pridefoundation.org or 800-735-7287.  Each state has its own regional development organizer to contact for help completing your grant application. The best way to reach these staff members is by email. You can sign up for the Pride Foundation’s bi-monthly eNewsletter to receive future grant updates and news.

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