If you're eligible for a Southern Equality Fund, chances are good that you might be eligible for one of the other funding opportunities below. 

We will keep this page updated with active funding opportunities and new funding cycles, as they are announced.

If you know of a current funding opportunity that should be on this page, please contact us at lgbtsouth@southernequality.org




Resist. – General Support and Emergency Grants

Resist’s theory of social change is rooted in the belief that when communities most impacted by injustices come together, organize, address root causes, and take direct action powerful social change happens.

Resist believes in grassroots organizing, creativity, and power.

That is why we strive to be a very different type of foundation. We are a grassroots foundation, with grassroots donors, that supports grassroots action. We want to support you: the activists on the ground who are doing the work.

General Support Grants:
General Support Grants are available for
up to $4,000 to support social justice organizing. Groups can only be funded once per 12-month period. There is no limit to the number of times a grantee can receive funds.

Emergency Grants:
Resist offers $1,000 Emergency Grants to eligible groups who are facing unforeseen and timely political opportunities. We offer this support so that your group can respond quickly to unexpected organizing needs. You do not have to have already been funded by Resist to apply for the Emergency Grant.

Please read about eligibility, the process, and our six deadlines per year.


Urgent Action Fund – Rapid Response

Funding to support interventions by activists in a strategic and timely manner.

Rapid Response Grants are mechanisms for quick, flexible, and short-term funding to respond to unexpected security threats or advocacy opportunities. Requests can be made up to $5,000 for activities to be carried out within 3-months of the grant.

Urgent Action Fund accepts applications in any language using online, text and mobile funding applications 365 days of the year. We acknowledge receipt of applications within 24 hours of submission. Decisions are usually made within 1-10 business days.* Once a grant is approved, funds can be wired within 24 hours to 10 business days, depending on need.

Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:

  1. Women/Trans*-led – women/trans* people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
  2. Women or Trans* Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed promote the advancement of women’s or trans* human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
  3. Unanticipated and Time Urgent – the specific event or situation your organization is responding to was unanticipated, and actions must happen quickly to be effective. Actions must be implemented within 3 months of approval of an application.
  4. Supported/Networked – the group has the support of others involved in women’s human rights or related fields, locally or globally.

Click here to learn how to apply.


Groundswell Rapid Response Fund

Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund:

fills a critical gap in the philanthropic landscape, fast funding to grassroots organizations in unexpected fights to protect and advance RJ. Attacks on reproductive justice have risen dramatically over the last decade and the lack of rapid response funding, particularly to community-rooted organizations led by people of color, has resulted in major policy defeats and missed opportunities to build and energize a pro-RJ base. Groundswell Fund supports more RJ organizations than any other funder in the country, making it uniquely equipped to deploy rapid response funds to organizers on the ground. The open lines of communication we have built across the movement enable us to assess quickly emerging threats and make strategic decisions about specific requests for funding.

An organization may apply for a Rapid Response Grant if it:

  • Is facing a strategic new opportunity that is immediate, has a specific timeframe, and is aligned with Groundswell Fund’s approach and priorities;
  • Is situated to respond effectively based on experience and existing conditions; and
  • Has not received Rapid Response Fund resources within the previous 12 months.

Click here to learn more.


Fund for Trans Generations – Rapid Response

The Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) Rapid Response Fund is a project of Borealis Philanthropy

As we have witnessed recently and historically, the conditions of trans communities can change rapidly due to increased visibility and transphobic attacks by individuals and institutions. Organizations and communities often need additional resources to respond quickly to organized opposition and to unanticipated events. The FTG rapid response fund will provide support for situations that require immediate response and for proactive activities that pursue strategic opportunities.

Borealis Approach to Rapid Response

  • Simple grant application process – one-page proposal and standard supporting materials where applicable.

  • Make grants quickly – ten days or less from the day all proposal materials are received; electronic grant agreement signatures and direct deposit options to increase promptness of payment processing. 

  • Accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here to learn how to apply.


Flush Transphobia Fund – Rapid Response

A rapid response fund for direct action and community mobilizing in response to anti-trans legislation.

Third Wave’s Flush Transphobia Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth of color and low-income youth to respond to anti-trans legislation and ballot initiatives.

How it works:

  • Proposals are accepted all year, and reviewed on the 15th day of the month. Faster reviews are possible for emergencies. Proposals must be submitted by midnight (in your time zone) on the 14th to be considered. ** See note below **
  • Groups are notified within one to two weeks after the review date & checks are generally mailed within two to three weeks.
  • Grants can be made for up to $3,000 USD. Larger grants may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Coalitions or joint proposals can request up to $10,000.

Click here to learn how to apply.


Mobilize Power Fund – Rapid Response

A rapid response fund for direct action, community mobilization, and healing justice.

Available to coalitions, organizations, and non-501(c)(3) efforts.
Open all year and accepts proposals in many formats: written narrative, a phone call, or a short video.
Dedicated to work led by young women of color, queer, trans, and intersex youth of color and low-income youth. 

How it works:

  • Proposals are accepted all year, and reviewed on the 15th day of the month. Faster reviews are possible for emergencies. Proposals must be submitted by midnight (in your time zone) on the 14th to be considered
  • Groups are notified within one to two weeks after the review date & checks are generally mailed within two to three weeks.
  • Grants can be made for up to $5,000 USD. Larger grants may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Coalitions or joint proposals can request up to $5,000 per group. For example, if a joint application is submitted by two organizations, you can request up to $10,000. The maximum amount a coalition or joint application can request is $15,000 for a partnership of three or more groups.

The Mobilize Power Fund is a funding project of the Third Wave Fund.

Click here to learn how to apply.


Emergent Fund – Ongoing Rapid Response


The 2016 election results present immediate threats to a wide range of communities who were belittled, criminalized and attacked during the presidential campaign – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. These communities need increased capacity so that they can respond, act nimbly, and develop new strategies in this new period. The fund will focus on grassroots organizations in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination. We will provide resources to defend against what’s coming, and to develop innovative strategies to transform our country.

The Emergent Fund is being established as a partnership between Solidaire NetworkWomen Donors Network, and Threshold Foundation to provide a way for individuals at all levels to contribute their money strategically in this critical moment. The Fund is governed by an Advisory Council made up of leaders who represent communities who will be most affected by the new administration.

Less than two months after launching the Emergent Fund, we have surpassed our initial fundraising goal of $500,000 and have set a new goal of $1 million. As of mid-February, our activist-led Advisory Council has approved $205,000 in rapid-response grants, and will continue to grant out to the field on a frequent and rolling basis.

Click here to learn how to apply.