The Southern Equality Fund is a grantmaking initiative designed to direct resources to Southern LGBTQ grassroots groups and leaders that are isolated or under-resourced due to geography or demographics.

Apply for Funding

Have an idea to promote equality, safety, and/or visibility of LGBTQ people in your community? Take the next step and apply for funding today.

Connect with the #LGBTSouth

Find out about upcoming gatherings in your area, or online trainings. Sign up to stay connected with what's happening in the #LGBTSouth.

Get Involved

We believe that the organizers on the frontlines of the Southern LGBTQ movement can transform our region—but they need the funding and support to do so. Find out how you can get involved in supporting grassroots leadership today!


Read more about how the Southern Equality Fund Works!

Leadership of the Fund

Read more about the Leadership of the Southern Equality Fund, including our Advisory Board, SEF Leadership Team, and SEF Support Staff from the Campaign for Southern Equality.

Trans Leadership Initiative

Read more about the inspiring leaders participating in this year’s Trans Leadership Initiative (TLI), a project of the Southern Equality Fund that provides expanded funding, training and support to a cohort of trans leaders from across the South.

Training & Support

There’s a lot involved in grassroots organizing for LGBTQ groups in the South, so the Southern Equality Fund doesn’t just provide funding for projects – we also connect leaders with training and support.


The Southern Equality Fund is a project of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE). CSE is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and works across the South to promote full LGBTQ equality.


The Campaign for Southern Equality has launched this online Toolkit to help LGBTQ Southerners – especially those in small towns and rural areas – understand and protect their rights.

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