iconapplyIf you’re on this page, you’re likely seeking funding for your work! We want to learn more about you, the work you're envisioning, and your community.

We provide grants of up to $500. We've made the application short and simple and we'll give you an answer as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that if you don’t receive the funding you’ve requested this time, we hope you'll keep in touch and participate in opportunities for training and support.

Before applying, please review the information below to make sure your proposal is a good fit for funding:

Criteria to apply:

These are required in order to receive funding.

  • Must live and work in the South promoting equality, safety, and/or visibility of LGBTQ people.
  • Annual group budget may not exceed $50,000.
  • You may not apply for additional funding if you have already received $1,000 from the Southern Equality Fund in the past six months. This restriction does not apply to Rapid Response rounds.
  • Groups are not required to be a 501(c)3 or have a fiscal sponsor in order to apply.

What we prioritize:

These are not required, but guide our funding decisions.

  • Groups or individuals that lack access to traditional institutional resources.
  • Work by and for underserved and marginalized communities.
  • Leadership demonstrates committment to racial, economic and gender justice.
  • Work that centers the voices and leadership of Trans and GNC (Gender Non-Conforming) individuals and people of color within the LGBTQ community.
  • Projects that respond to immediate and urgent community needs while working toward long-term change.

Active Funding Rounds

Rapid Response: Safe Schools Safe Communities

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We hear from people every day that they don’t feel safe. Over the past year, we’ve witnessed an alarming increase of hate crimes against religious minorities. As of April 24, nine trans women of color have been killed this year, four in the South alone. ICE presence in communities has increased significantly, causing families to fear picking up their kids from school, going to the grocery store, or attending church. We know that LGBTQ people are affected by all of these threats and more.

We want to hear – and fund – your ideas for increasing safety in your community. We’re open to all kinds of ideas – if it will make your community safer, we want to hear about it.

The Southern Equality Fund will accept and review applications on an ongoing basis for projects that:

  • Promote safety in schools and communities across the South; and
  • Protect and defend anyone who is targeted based on race, age, gender identity, immigration status, religious beliefs, ability and/or sexual orientation.

Rapid Response funding is for work that specifically responds to immediate and urgent needs.

Grassroots Funding: General Fund

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We are always accepting and reviewing applications on an ongoing basis for projects based in the South that promote equality, safety, and/or visibility of Southern LGBT* people. 

The Advisory Council will prioritize applications that align with our funding priorities:

  • Groups or individuals that lack access to traditional institutional resources.
  • Work by and for underserved and marginalized communities.
  • Leadership demonstrates committment to racial, economic and gender justice.
  • Work that centers the voices and leadership of Trans and GNC (Gender Non-Conforming) individuals and people of color within the LGBTQ community.
  • Projects that respond to immediate and urgent community needs while working toward long-term change.