As with many crises, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact in LGBTQ communities and other marginalized communities. During this crisis, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is committed to our mission of increasing the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of LGBTQ communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic and gender justice. As we address LGBTQ funding at this time, we also denounce any racist and xenophobic overtones that overtly or unintentionally have pervaded some of the conversations surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Further, we center disability and HIV justice in our efforts to support our community members who are most affected by this pandemic.
This page is intended as a hub of resources and information for funders seeking to address the unique needs of LGBTQ communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a listing of rapid-response funds and grassroots campaigns specifically focused on the needs of LGBTQ communities, as well as emerging practices that funders are implementing to better support LGBTQ nonprofits and grassroots groups in the context of the pandemic.
Please note that this guide may not yet be comprehensive, and we are adding new resources as we hear about them. Please feel free to email Kristina Wertz at [email protected] to suggest additional resources and links or to make note of updates.
Rapid Response and Emergency Funds
Community Funds Providing Rapid Response Funding for LGBTQ Organizations Addressing COVID-19
These rapid-response funds are largely housed at LGBTQ public foundations in some of the regions that have been hardest hit and are currently raising funds to provide grants to LGBTQ nonprofits and grassroots responding to the outbreak. Donations are tax-deductible.
- Campaign for Southern Equality launched a $25,000 rapid response grant round to direct immediate resources to individuals, families, and community organizations across the LGBTQ South.
- Groundswell Fund’s Rapid Response Fund is expanding its parameters to offer support to organizations and campaigns whose work is shifting and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Horizons Foundation’s LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund will be distributing $200,000 in immediate emergency grants to Bay Area LGBTQ organizations to address COVID-19.
- Pride Foundation’s Crisis Community Care Fund will proactively make grants to support current and previous Pride Foundation grantees providing direct services in response to the pandemic or are in need of emergency bridge funding to continue their operations
What Funders Can Do for LGBTQ Communities
Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff have already heard from our members that they are taking or exploring a number of action steps and practices to support LGBTQ nonprofits and communities during this challenging time. These action steps fall into three categories: (1) practices focused on making grantmaking processes more flexible and less burdensome–recognizing that nonprofits are already strained by the multiple stresses created by the pandemic; (2) grantmaking and technical assistance to provide additional support to LGBTQ nonprofits in the epidemic; and (3) adapting internal practices to maintain and strengthen your institutions, particularly supporting staff who may face challenges from caretaking children and elders to mental health during the outbreak.
Streamline Grantmaking Processes
- Communicate to grantees that you understand that the deliverables and outcomes originally planned may not be achievable in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, and that old grant objectives may be adapted or scaled back as needed.
- Convert existing project grants to general operating grants.
- Waive progress reports or final reports for grants so as to remove this burden from nonprofits. If needed, have a phone or video check-in instead, and use your notes for any internal reporting requirements.
Minimize revenue losses by maintaining sponsorship support even for cancelled events or events that have gone virtual.
LGBTQ Movement Resources
- The online LGBTQ community platform them has published a guide on How LGBTQ People Can Get Help and Resources During Coronavirus, including LGBTQ health centers, mental health hotlines, and virtual community gatherings.
- The National LGBT Cancer Network has released a fact sheet providing detailed information on why LGBTQ people are likely to be at particular risk for COVID-19, including increased tobacco use rates, higher prevalence of HIV, and other health disparities.
- More than 100 LGBTQ organizations issued an open letter to health officials encouraging them to consider the unique needs of LGBTQ communities in their work to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CenterLink, the network of LGBTQ community centers, has encouraged advocacy to assure that LGBTQ centers and other LGBTQ service providers are included in government initiatives and funding in response to the pandemic.
- The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has provided a resource guide on What Trans People Need to Know about COVID-19.
- TLDEF has prepared Know Your Rights guide for transgender and non-binary people who are grappling with questions related to employment, housing, health care, identification, and accessing assistance from government agencies among other issues. The guide is available in both English and Español.
- SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has provided tips and resources for LGBT elders and those living with HIV.