LGBT Fund

Greater New Orleans Foundation


Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Deadline: Sep 28, 2018

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Orleans Parish, Louisiana Other eligible locations: Counties in Louisiana: Assumption Parish, Jefferson Parish, Lafourche Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Louisiana: Assumption Parish, Jefferson Parish, Lafourche Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish Expand all

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Overview:

About the Fund

Established in 2016, the LGBT Fund was established by community champions ready to strengthen nonprofit organizations that represent the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through the pooled financial resources of individuals, corporations, and foundations, the LGBT Fund will make profound improvements in the quality of life for members of the LGBT community. In 2016, the LGBT Fund granted out $100,000 to 13 organizations.

Fund Guidelines

LGBT Fund will support:

  • General operations
  • Programs
  • Advocacy, including legislative, judicial, or executive advocacy; community organizing; campaigns; leadership development; and policy development
  • Capacity building, including technology needs and support, collaboration, professional development, communications training, organizational effectiveness, and evaluation and research

Expected grant size is $5,000 to $10,000; grants may be larger or smaller

Priority Areas

Our priorities are informed by an analysis of pressing community needs, corresponding data, service delivery gaps, and best practices, as well as by available funding. We draw from the collective wisdom of our nonprofit partners, our staff, and the field of grantmaking. Accordingly, we have developed a theory of change statement for the LGBT Fund.

Theory of Change

What We Fund

GNOF’s LGBT Fund supports organizations that increase the quality of life and access to opportunity for LGBT individuals and families, particularly transgender youth and adults of color, low-income LGBT people, and LGB youth of color.

Priority is given to work that aims to:

  • Advocate for effective policies that will improve the quality of life for LGBT individuals and families, particularly transgender youth and adults of color, lowincome LGBT people, and LGB youth of color. 
  • Build the cultural competency of “mainstream” organizations that serve LGBT clientele, particularly transgender youth and adults of color, low-income LGBT people, and LGB youth of color.
    • This work would provide the staff of “mainstream” organizations with the education, tools, and professional development opportunities that will help improve their knowledge, skills, and attitudes when serving LGBT clientele.
  • Provide LGBT individuals and families with high quality, well-coordinated, and culturally competent direct services related to:
    • primary care, behavioral, and preventive healthcare;
    • crisis management and legal support;
    • workforce development;
    • financial literacy and asset building;
    • transportation;
    • housing and safe spaces to congregate; and
    • non-HIV status-related social services

Why we use this approach:

The selection of these funding areas was informed primarily by input from members of the LGBT community, and by input from those who provide services to and advocate on behalf of members of the LGBT community. We believe these individuals can most effectively identify community needs and potential ways to address them.

Part of what we heard from community members is that transgender youth, adults of color, low-income LGBT people, and LGB youth of color face the greatest challenges. As for the specific priority areas:

  • Advocacy. We understand that while direct services for members of the LGBT community are critically important and much needed, the community is very strongly affected by policies that fail to protect individuals and families from discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas, and that hurt the community in other ways.
  • Cultural competency. We heard that so-called “mainstream” service organizations can do a better job of understanding and responding to the special circumstances and challenges faced by members of the LGBT community. Mainstream service providers also acknowledge they can improve services by applying an “LGBT lens” to their work.
  • Gaps in services. Our informants identified the following service areas as being the highest priority: Primary, behavioral, and preventive healthcare; crisis management and legal support; workforce development; financial literacy and asset building; transportation; housing and safe spaces to congregate; and services (not relating to HIV status).

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

Eligibility:

  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that serve within GNOF’s 13-parish service area are eligible to apply for funding. 
    • Organizations that are not tax-exempt but have a fiscal agent relationship with a 501(c)(3) organization are also eligible. 
  • Support is available to organizations and programs that increase the quality of life and access to opportunity for LGBT individuals and families, particularly the most marginalized members of the community, including elders, transgender youth and adults of color, lowincome LGBT people, and LGB youth of color.

Preferences:

  • Priority will be given to organizations that provide services within Orleans Parish.

Ineligibility:

  • Unfortunately, we are not able to support organizations that do not prioritize increasing the quality of life and access to opportunity for transgender youth and adults of color, low-income LGBT people, and LGB youth of color.
    • We are grateful to the many organizations and foundations that support important LGBT interests, such as marriage equality.
    • While we realize funding from the LGBT Fund is not enough to support the entire spectrum of LGBT issues, GNOF believes that supporting organizations that prioritize increasing the quality of life and access to opportunity for LGBT youth and adults of color and lowincome LGBT individuals is the most strategic way to support our LGBT community with limited dollars.
    • Additionally, we believe that supporting organizations that advocate for effective policies to increase the quality of life and access to opportunity for transgender youth and people of color, low-income LGBT people, and LGB youth of color will have the largest impact throughout the LGBT community, communities of color, and low-income communities. 


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