COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round- Charleston, SC Area

Campaign for Southern Equality

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $500

Fields of work: LGBTQI Services

Applicant type: Individuals, Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in South Carolina: Beaufort County, Berkeley County, Charleston County, Colleton County, Dorchester County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in South Carolina: Beaufort County, Berkeley County, Charleston County, Colleton County, Dorchester County Show all

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round: Community Response Grants in the Charleston, SC Area

As the nation confronts the significant and unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Campaign for Southern Equality has created a rapid response grant round to quickly route funds to individuals, families, and community organizations across the LGBTQ South. The grant round will be distributed through CSE’s Southern Equality Fund.


These priorities also guide our funding decisions:

  • Groups or individuals that face barriers to funding their work.
  • Work led by and for impacted communities.
  • Work that demonstrates commitments to racial, economic and gender justice.
  • Work that centers the voices and leadership of transgender and GNB (Gender Non-Binary) individuals, people of color, people with low incomes, and people in rural areas.
  • Projects that respond to immediate and urgent community needs.
  • Projects that work toward long-term change.
  • Projects focused on serving individuals that are disproportionately vulnerable to the health risks of COVID-19, including senior citizens, people with immune conditions, and people with chronic disease.
  • Projects that serve individuals who are first responders, health care providers, and employees in the industries that have already been impacted by the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19.

Anyone in the Charleston, SC area can apply for a grant of up to $500 to fund a project to meet the needs of LGBTQ Southerners in response to COVID-19. Projects could focus on, for example, connecting LGBTQ elders with meals or tech assistance, connecting people virtually to build community, addressing mental health challenges that will be exacerbated by social distancing, or something else.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following are required in order to receive funding:
    • You must live in one of these counties in South Carolina:
      • Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, and Jasper.
    • The work must be based in the South and focus on promoting the equality, health, safety, and/or support of LGBTQ people in the South, with a specific tie to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • This emergency funding is designed to route funds to projects that support people already experiencing, or at risk to soon experience, the health and financial impacts of the pandemic, with a focus on people and communities who are at particularly high risk.
    • Southern Equality Fund grants are intended to support groups with annual budgets of less than $50,000;
      • however, if your group’s budget is more than $50,000, please go ahead and submit your request, explaining in the application why your work is a fit.
    • Groups are not required to be a 501(c)3 or have a fiscal sponsor in order to receive funding, but we do require that all grantees adhere to 501(c)(3) requirements for funded work.


This page was last reviewed August 27, 2020 and last updated June 05, 2020