Funding Queerly Giving Circle

The Funding Queerly Giving Circle


Deadline: July 20, 2020


Funding Queerly Giving Circle’s Grantmaking Process and Criteria

The Funding Queerly Giving Circle is a group of young donors who believe that small-budget LGBTQI groups lack the funding resources they need to organize, build power and leadership, and make positive sustainable change. Funding Queerly has partnered with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice to make grants to small-budget LGBTQI groups throughout the United States who are led by and for people of color, Trans/GNC, indigenous, low-income, and rural communities.

While our Funding Queerly grants range from $10,000 – $20,000, our average grant size is $10,000. Organizations can apply for general support or project support.

Astraea is a public foundation that raises funds every year for grantmaking activities. Given the reality of our funding limitations, Astraea is not able to provide grants to all worthwhile initiatives. We make funding decisions based on our criteria and priorities.

How to apply

Funding Queerly Giving Circle at Astraea provides grants annually. We are currently accepting letters of interest until July 20, 2020.

If you are based and working in the US, please read the Call for Proposals here: . You can ask questions by emailing [email protected] We thank you for your interest!

After following this link, please click on “New Applicant” to create a new online account. If possible, create your online account using a generic organizational email address: this will allow others in your organization to access it, if necessary.

Try to save every 30 minutes, to ensure you do not lose work. Each time you save, the system will automatically email you a draft of your work.

Confirm application submission by looking on your login page for a “Thank You” notification at the top of the page and/or a listing of the completed application in the “Submitted Application” section at the bottom of the page. You will also receive an email.

Application deadline: July 20, 2020


Funding Queerly’s Grantmaking Philosophy:

We recognize that, over time, even larger funding gaps persist for groups led by and for people of color, indigenous, poor/low-income, and rural communities. We believe that these groups – those most affected by injustice and with the least access to financial resources – are best positioned to make a positive impact on their own lives and the wider social justice movement. Recognizing this opportunity, we were inspired to act. We give personally, raise money, and mobilize resources for communities where the funds are most needed and best used.

Funding Queerly Funding Priorities:

In this grant cycle, we will continue to allocate unrestricted funds to groups doing community-organizing work with and for people of color and other under-resourced communities. We will also continue our commitment to distribute a minimum 50% of our funding to organizations that are by and for Black, Trans/GNC and undocumented communities. We are making this pledge, once again, in the hopes of influencing the funder community to be more proactive about supporting Black and Brown communities. Given the current political climate we believe that this intentionality is needed now, more than ever.  Specifically Funding Queerly supports groups that:

  • Have an annual organizational budget of $250,000 or less. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us.
  • Have 501©3 IRS status, have a fiscal sponsor, or be working towards a fiscal sponsorship.
  • Have active participation and leadership from the communities most affected by issues that the group works on
  • A strong commitment and progressive community organizing approach to efforts that promote social, racial, economic, and gender justice for all LGBTQI+ people.
  • The community served and leadership of the organization identify as one or more of the following: Trans/GNC, Intersex, Black/African-American, people of color/people of the global majority, indigenous/Native American, poor/low-income/working class, and rural.
  • The organization is led by and serves LGBTQI+ communities that are historically under-resourced (e.g. elders, youth, immigrants, people with disabilities, sex workers, incarcerated people, etc.) with limited access to traditional funding streams.
  • Commitment to incorporating Healing Justice Practices into core organizing work.

Funding Queerly Does Not Fund:

  • Organizations with no leadership of LGBTQI people
  • Organizations with no involvement of lesbians or transgender people
  • Private business or profit-making efforts (including business development)
  • Individual projects (e.g. graduate research, fellowships, etc.)
  • Projects that are sponsored by a university, college, or other academic institution
  • Groups whose sole purpose is to provide charity to individuals, direct social service projects, research projects, or one-time events that are not linked to ongoing social change organizing strategies
  • Efforts that endorse candidates for public office (incl. political parties and election campaigns)
  • Capital campaigns, endowments, or deficit financing
  • Organizations with budgets of over $250,000 US
  • Organizations or projects serving the general population without a particular emphasis or approach to working with the LGBTQI+ community.
  • Organizations with strong leadership from only one individual.
  • Academic research or one-time events not linked to ongoing social change strategies.