Reference List

Global LGBTI Grants & Fellowships

International LGBTI Inclusive Funders List

Created by Arcus Foundation (2016) with additional resources from Human Rights First.

A B Charitable Trust

The A B Charitable Trust is an independent grant-making organization, founded in 1990 by Yves and Anne Bonavero to champion human dignity and support the most marginalized and excluded groups in the UK.

African Women's Development Fund

The African Women’s Development Fund is a Pan-African grant-making organization that supports the realization and fulfillment of African women’s rights through funding of autonomous women’s organizations on the continent.


Aidsfonds works all over the world to end AIDS before 2030.  The organization makes a stand against injustice, tackles hurdles that others cannot attempt to overcome, puts topics on the agenda that others will not discuss, and gives support to people who others dare not support.

The AIM Foundation

The AIM Foundation is a grant-making family foundation based in the UK. We balance our funding between providing the direct support needed right now – especially in the area of our family roots, East Anglia – and addressing the underlying causes. All our grants seek to promote wellbeing.


Alert is an independent fund that supports progressive projects by and for youth, all over the world, with small-scale subsidies.

American Jewish World Service

AJWS supports advocates who defend human rights and work to advance civil and political rights at all levels of society, from local communities to national courts. Together, they are demanding safety for human rights activists and building powerful social movements to usher in equal rights, justice and peace.

amfAR - Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR, the foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $635 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide.

Amplify Change

This fund which aims to empower young people, men and women to realise their sexual and reproductive rights. Amplify Change’s vision is to help to secure universal recognition of sexual and reproductive health and rights as human rights, enabling women, men and young people to realise their full potential in safe and supportive environments.


APCOM works to improve the health and rights of gay men, other men who have sex with men, and SOGIESC people across Asia and the Pacific.

Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE MENA)

The Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE MENA) encourages and supports sexual health, sexuality, gender, and bodily rights movements in the Middle East and North Africa through capacity building, knowledge production, protection, and advocacy.

Arcus Foundation

The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Arcus believes that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all its inhabitants. They work with experts and advocates for change to ensure that LGBT people and our fellow apes thrive in a world where social and environmental justice are a reality.

Astraea Foundation

Astraea supports lesbian, trans, intersex and LGBTQI groups that promote racial, economic and gender justice and mobilize communities to challenge oppression and claim rights. They fund groups in the United States, primarily led by LGBTQI people of color, and groups across the globe. They strengthen LGBTQI groups by providing flexible general support grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year in two funding cycles.

Aurora Group—A Ruby Foundation Limited

The Aurora Group—A Ruby Foundation Limited is an LGBTIQ+ community-led funding organization. Your donation helps to fuel Australian LGBTIQ+ organizations in their work towards equality and better outcomes for the most marginalized people within the LGBTIQ+ community.

Australian Communities Foundation

The Australian Communities Foundation is a community of giving, powered by a courageous ambition: a fairer and more sustainable Australia. As a broker of change, we connect those who can give with the people and organisations leading the way.

The Ballinger Charitable Trust

The Ballinger Charitable Trust gives grants to charitable organisations working with younger and/or older people in the North-East.  

The Baring Foundation

The purpose of The Baring Foundation is to improve the quality of life of people experiencing disadvantage and discrimination. They aim to achieve this through making grants to voluntary and other civil society organisations and by adding value through promoting knowledge and influencing others.

Barrow Cadbury Trust

The Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent, endowed, charitable foundation. The Trust is the largest of the several dozen Cadbury family foundations.

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need believes that every child should have the chance to thrive and be the best they can be. They are committed to being there for children across the UK when they need us the most. Together with the BBC and their partners, they inspire the nation to support this work.

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF)

The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) is the leading local grantmaker in the county, in England, United Kingdom. They are passionate about improving the lives of people in Bedfordshire and Luton, and they are known for their ground-breaking initiatives, investment in supporting local charities, and deep relationships with grassroots groups in our area.

Borealis Philanthropy

Borealis Philanthropy is a social justice philanthropic intermediary that works to resource grassroots movements for transformative change. The organization builds bridges between funders and organizers to support movements striving to create a future that serves all.

Founded in 2015, Borealis has grown to include nine collaborative funds working to enhance their collective impact within and between movements across the country. From Black-led movement-building, to queer and trans liberation, to disability justice and inclusion, Borealis’ work is rooted in the understanding that in order to upend oppressive systems, they must support the people most impacted by those systems.

Bridge House Estates (City Bridge Trust)

Bridge House Estates aims to maintain  five bridges – Tower, London, Southwark, Millennium and Blackfriars bridges – but since 1995 they have also used surplus funds to award grants to charitable organisations across Greater London.

They currently award over £30 million to charities across the capital and have made a further £200 million available in the five years to 2026 to support London’s charity sector.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb company works every day to transform patients’ lives through science. They combine the agility of a biotech with the reach and resources of an established pharmaceutical company to create a global leading biopharma company powered by talented individuals who drive scientific innovation.

Bulgarian Fund for Women

Bulgarian Fund for Women (BFW) is the largest national feminist fund. It is the only donor in Bulgaria that exclusively supports activists, grassroots groups and CSOs working to empower women and girls and achieve gender equality in all spheres of life.

Calala Women's Fund

Calala’s Women’s Fund is the only women’s fund present in Spain. The organization is part of ‘Prospera,’ a network of more than 40 women’s funds worldwide. Calala’s Women’s Fund has the necessary management structure and clear transparency protocols to receive funds, which are then distributed among smaller local women’s groups.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the people of Cambridgeshire. They work with many partners to actively inspire philanthropy and increase resources for the county of Cambridgeshire. The foundation invests in important community programs through grants and provides leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical community issues.

Camden Giving

Camden Giving is an independent charity working to end local poverty and inequality in Camden. The organization was set up in 2017 as a participatory funder because they believe that the people who are surviving inequality are the ones who can, and should, fund the solutions to the challenges facing communities in Camden, London, United Kingdom.

Canadian Women's Foundation

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for gender justice and equality. The organization advances this mission by growing support for grassroots feminist action, partnering with communities and organizations to improve conditions, and building diverse leadership and knowledge for sustainable change.

Charities Aid Foundation

Charities Aid Foundation aims to accelerate progress in society towards a fair and sustainable future for all. Leveraging its unique position, the organization brings together charities, business, and philanthropists to simplify giving, enabling charities to focus more on the great work they do. In the last year, the charity has distributed over £1 billion to more than 160,000 non-profits around the world.

Cheshire Community Foundation

Cheshire Community Foundation raises funds to support hundreds of amazing small charities and voluntary groups across the whole of Cheshire and Warrington. The foundation connects people and companies who would like to make a difference with those most in need of help.

The Clothworkers' Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Foundation improves the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage and marginalization, through grant-making. The foundation awards more than £7 million annually in capital grants to charities registered in the UK or not-for-profit organizations working across the ten areas of priority defined in its Large and Small Grants program.


Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group is owned by individual members and other co-ops, not big investors, and its members get a chance to have a say in how the organization is run. Profits mean that members receive money, rewards, and offers, and the Co-op can support its local community.


COC Netherlands

COC Netherlands has been advocating the rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT’s) from 1946 on. COC strives for the decriminalization of sexual orientation and gender identity and for equal rights, emancipation and social acceptance of LGBT’s in the Netherlands and all over the world. COC is one of the few LGBT organizations that has a special consultative status with the United Nations.


Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty. The organization’s goal is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.


Community Foundation - Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Community Foundation – Tyne & Wear and Northumberland’s vision is to see communities thrive across North East England, with fairness and generosity changing lives and helping everyone feel they belong.

Community Foundation for Surrey

The Community Foundation for Surrey believes in a stronger, fairer Surrey (England), enabling everyone to support organizations making a positive difference in our communities, ensuring no one is left behind.

Community Foundation of Broward

The Community Foundation of Broward provides community leadership, fosters bold philanthropy and builds permanent resources to tackle Broward’s biggest challenges — today and forever, a county in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Florida.

Compton Foundation

Compton Foundation supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future.

Consortium of LGBT+ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary & Community Organisations

The Consortium of LGBT+ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Voluntary & Community Organisations is a national specialist infrastructure and membership organization that works to build the resource, sustainability, and resilience of LGBT+ groups, organizations, and projects across the UK so that they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.

Coop Foundation

Coop Foundation operates with a commitment to creating a fairer world. It holds the belief that cooperation is fundamental to the strength of communities, distinguishing itself as a unique kind of funder. The organization collaborates closely with communities, emphasizing active listening and continuous learning. By concentrating on those who have the most at stake, the charity unlocks the power of communities. The vision for fairer, more cooperative communities is shaped with the involvement of young people, recognizing them as the next generation of leaders and pioneers.

County Durham Community Foundation

The County Durham Community Foundation operates as an independent grant-making foundation. It collaborates with individuals, families, and local businesses interested in making a positive impact on their community, either during their lifetime or by leaving a legacy.


CREA is a feminist international human rights organization based in the Global South and led by women from the Global South. CREA’s work draws upon the inherent value of a rights-based approach to sexuality and gender equality.

Devon Community Foundation

The work conducted by Devon Community Foundation can be broadly categorized in two ways. Firstly, its grant-making activities involve the redistribution of funds from individuals, businesses, families, or other charitable concerns to various groups and charities across Devon. Secondly, the foundation engages in programmatic efforts. In addition to offering financial support, DCF also fosters opportunities for organizations to work, learn, and grow. Both aspects share a common aim: to facilitate genuine and enduring change in communities, ensuring the prosperity of everyone within them.


Disability Rights Fund

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability rights community that provides financial and technical resources to organizations of persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society.


Dreilinden supports social acceptance of gender and sexual diversity by means of grants to existing organizations and project grants, as well as by social investments, and networking. Applications are accepted by invitation only.

EEA and Norway Grants

The EEA and Norway Grants are funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Grants have two goals – to contribute to a more equal Europe, both socially and economically – and to strengthen the relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the 15 Beneficiary States in Europe.

Égides - Alliance internationale francophone pour l'égalité et les diversités

Égides – Alliance internationale francophone pour l’égalité et les diversités is a united Francophone alliance on the international stage that promotes equality and inclusion for vulnerable and discriminated individuals based on their sexual orientation, identity, gender expression, or sexual characteristics.

ELAS + (Social Investment Fund)

Since 2000, ELAS Social Investment Fund has invested exclusively in women’s leadership and rights, creating social impact and change. ELAS transforms the innovative ideas of thousands of women from different ethnicities, races, and sexual orientations into reality.

Elton John AIDS Foundation (U.K. and U.S.)

The Elton John AIDS Foundation was established in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS organizations in the world. Their mission is simple: to be a powerful force in ending the AIDS epidemic.

Equality Fund

In every corner of the world, women, girls, and trans people are full of power. The power to create. The power to reveal and reinvent. The power to grow, nourish, and heal. The Equality Fund deems this situation unacceptable and is therefore establishing its own power base: the most ambitious fund for gender equality in history. The fund is inspired by feminists, managed by feminists, and collaborates with and serves feminist movements worldwide.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Founded in 1961, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the UK’s largest independent funders. It aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.

Essex Community Foundation

The Essex Community Foundation provides grants to charities and voluntary organizations in Essex. They do this by working with individuals, families, businesses and charitable trusts, helping them to find and fund local groups that are tackling the issues they care about most. Last year, they gave out £4.4 million.

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation Of Support To Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF)

The Euro-Mediterranean Foundation Of Support To Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) Foundation aims to provide flexible financial assistance to regional, national and local human rights NGOs and institutes as well as individuals who promote, support, protect and monitor the observance of human rights in the South-Mediterranean region.

Grants are allocated to support defenders and NGOs at risk or facing difficulties, and NGOs that carry out innovative, sensitive initiatives aim to develop women and youth’s leadership, and operate in remote regions.

European Union

The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 European countries. The EU operates as a political and economic partnership, with member countries working together on various issues, including trade, security, and regional development. Additionally, the EU have financial instruments and programs that function as funds to support its policies and initiatives.

Fare Network

The Fare Network is an umbrella organization that brings together individuals, informal groups, and organizations driven to combat inequality in football.

Feminist Fund (Fundusz Feministyczny)

Since 2018, the Feminist Fund has continuously supported activities carried out by women, girls, and non-binary, trans, queer, and intersex people from all over Poland. They contribute financially to initiatives that change the world so that we can decide for ourselves and be free and safe.  So far, over 260 groups and organizations have benefited from their support, to which we have donated almost PLN 4 million. 

Women’s Fund Fiji

Women’s Fund Fiji is the resource mobilization arm of the feminist and women’s movement in Fiji. The Fund is led by and for diverse women and gender non-conforming people and uses intersectional feminist principles. This ensures that overlapping or intersecting forms of discrimination are taken into account and that groups themselves have the power to define funding priorities. They hope to drive inclusive models that are flexible, long-term funding that is conscious of the intersectional realities of feminist social change and incorporates a vision of redistribution and decolonisation.

Filia.die frauenstiftung

Filia. die frauenstiftung supports projects by and for women, girls, and LBTIQ+ that aim for structural change – in Central and Eastern Europe, the Global South, and Germany. Their motto is ‘Change, not Charity’. Their support focuses on projects and initiatives that advocate for freedom from violence, demand social participation, and strengthen democratic structures.

Fondazione CON IL SUD

The Fondazione CON IL SUD is a private non-profit organization established on November 22, 2006, through the alliance between banking foundations and the third sector and volunteerism. Its purpose is to promote the social infrastructure of the Southern regions of Italy, focusing on paths of social cohesion and network best practices to foster Southern development.

Fondo Alquimia

Fondo Alquimia is a feminist women’s fund that works for the human rights of women, girls, and diverse sexual and gender identities. They mobilize resources to support local organizations and activist networks operating in Chilean territory. Since 2002, they have been working alongside these organizations for a future of well-being for all.

Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM)

The Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM), also known as the Central American Women’s Fund, is a feminist organization dedicated to advancing women’s rights in Central America. Headquartered in Nicaragua, FCAM holds the distinction of being the region’s pioneer and sole foundation specifically devoted to providing resources to grassroots women’s organizations.


Fondo de Mujeres Bolivia Apthapi Jopueti

Fondo de Mujeres Bolivia Apthapi Jopueti is a feminist Women’s Fund, autonomous, secular, and diverse. They mobilize and redistribute resources to support organizations, collectives, and networks of women, feminists, and gender-diverse individuals in their processes of self-awareness, reflection, and dialogue, fostering the construction of alliances and collective articulation. The organization advocates for the production of knowledge and alternative narratives as political strategies that fuel the flame of feminist strength.



Fondo de Mujeres del Sur

Fondo de Mujeres del Sur is a foundation that supports organizations promoting women’s rights in all their diversity in the southern region of Latin America. It was founded on October 12, 2007, as part of the women’s movement at the regional level. FMS is a member of the Latin American Alliance of Women’s Funds, composed of eight funds from across the continent.”


Fondo para el Desarrollo de la Mujer Colombiana - Fondo Lunaria Mujer

Fondo Lunaria Mujer is an organization that mobilizes resources to support grassroots organizations of diverse women and young trans* individuals in Colombia. These organizations work towards the full exercise of their citizenship as rights-bearing subjects and active participants in the construction of a country at peace with social justice, free from sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and LGBTQI+-phobia. Their work focuses on these two programs: Autonomy, Rights, and Sustainability and Freedom and Democracy.


Fondo Semillas

Fondo Semillas mobilizes resources, accompanies, and assists in strengthening organizations, networks, and grassroots groups for the advancement of the rights of girls, women, trans*, and intersex people. Their goal is to strengthen social movements to make them solid and sustainable.


For a Change Fund

The Fund for Change partners with groups working to build a society that is democratic, egalitarian, and participatory. The Fund supports groups that organize underserved individuals and communities and influence policymakers by advocating for social change. Most of its funding is in Baltimore, although Maryland and national groups are considered.


Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation works to enhance public understanding of inequality based on gender, race, and ethnicity, our work supports new kinds of organizing, networks, collaboration, and strategies that include and go beyond the gains made through legal and policy advocacy. They engage groups that are testing new strategies and alliances and that are expanding tactics beyond shifting rules to advancing cultural change.

Foundation for a Just Society

Foundation for a Just Society envisions a world without discrimination — where people are equally valued regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, or sexual orientation. It understands that gender-based discrimination intersects with other aspects of a person’s identities and circumstances and partners with organizations whose visions of realizing women’s and LGBTI rights cut across multiple issues. FJS provides grants to strengthen movements that advance the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTI people globally — with particular attention given to work in Central America, Francophone West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the US Southeast. Through direct grantmaking, capacity building, strategic communications, and leadership in philanthropy, FJS encourages braver strategies and bolder leadership in global movements for women’s and LGBTI rights. It makes 1, 2, and 3-year general operating grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000/year to local, national, regional, and global organizations. Applications are accepted by invitation only.

Foundation North

Foundation North holds in trust for the Auckland and Northland communities an endowment, or putea, of over a billion dollars. This comes from the sale of the community’s shares in what was previously the Auckland Savings Bank. The endowment enables Foundation North to make millions of dollars in grants each year to not-for-profit groups in Auckland and Northland.

Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland, for more than 25 years, has been working to strengthen communities throughout Scotland. The organization is dedicated to helping communities take action, create positive change, and deliver lasting impact. Over the years, the generosity of donors, the dedication of community members, and Foundation Scotland’s expertise in community funding and finance have combined to enrich and enhance thousands of lives.

Freedom House

Freedom House was established in 1941 with the goal of uniting policymakers and a broadly isolationist American public against the threat posed by Nazi Germany. Its mission was to raise awareness about the menace of fascism to American security and values. Over the decades, Freedom House has solidified its presence through advocacy, programs, and research, emerging as a prominent American organization dedicated to promoting and defending democracy worldwide.

The organization collaborates across political spectrums to promote policies that enhance democracy and safeguard human rights. Freedom House provides support to a vast and reliable network of activists and advocates who play a leading role in the struggle for democratic change in their respective countries. In instances where these brave individuals face threats for their activism, journalism, or opposition to tyranny, the organization strives to ensure their safety, enabling them to continue their vital work.

FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund

FRIDA is an entirely youth-led organization committed to staying true to the mission of supporting young feminist organizing as well as being led by young feminist activists themselves. FRIDA’s network is far and wide and has a presence in the global south nations of the world. Different people play different roles in advancing FRIDA’s values, vision and mission.

Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders (FLD) is an international human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs).

FLD works to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and organisations around the world at risk for their peaceful and legitimate human rights work. As identified by human rights defenders themselves, FLD responds to protection and security needs by providing support through grants, capacity building, visibility, networking, and advocacy, at the international, regional and local levels. Front Line Defenders has been awarded the 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize.

Frontline AIDS

Frontline AIDS convenes and supports its partners who work on the frontline of the AIDS response to ignite innovations, shake up the status quo, and make noise on the issues the world often chooses to ignore. In doing so, Frontline AIDS has the power to drive real change. The organization was founded in 1993 as the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to support the work of existing community-led organizations responding to HIV and AIDS. Frontline AIDS has a rich history of working with partners to reach marginalized communities. Today, its global partnership works in more than 100 countries to support local, national, and global community action on HIV, health, and human rights.

Fund for Global Human Rights

The Fund makes grants to local, national, and regional non-profit, human rights organizations based in the countries where we have grant programs. Programs are currently in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Thailand, the Philippines, and Burma. The Fund defines human rights activities as those that seek to challenge the structures of power so that they defend, protect, and promote human rights. The Fund does not have thematic restrictions and supports organizations working to address a wide range of human rights problems.

Fundación Triángulo

Fundación Triángulo was founded in 1996 to achieve political and social equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Currently, we have a presence in the Autonomous Communities of Andalusia, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, Madrid, and Valencia.

We believe that equality of rights can only be achieved by modifying laws, working to prevent social inequalities, and placing special emphasis on education for equality. It is precisely for these reasons that we focus our greatest efforts in these three areas.

The Funding Network

The Funding Network is an open network which links potential donors to charitable causes and social entrepreneurs through live crowdfunding. We aim to raise money for small non-profits driving social change and help both individuals and businesses to combine their giving with others, to make a bigger impact.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded grant-maker that gives money to support a wide range of charities across the UK. In total, the foundation donates around £90 million each year. The organization exists to ensure charities can deliver their vital work across the UK. However, the foundation cannot do this alone. Charities need to apply, and the foundation makes this process as straightforward as possible. This way, charities can devote more time to their work, not to fundraising.

The Garfield Weston Foundation takes its responsibility seriously as thoughtful stewards of the funds entrusted to the organization. Yet, it aims to maintain a friendly, accessible, and uncomplicated approach.

Gates Foundation, Bill and Melinda

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by its CEO, Mark Suzman, under the direction of co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.

Gilead Sciences

At Gilead, we set – and achieve – bold ambitions to create a healthier world for all people. From our pioneering virology medicines to our growing impact in oncology, we’re delivering innovations once thought impossible in medicine.

Our focus goes beyond medicines, and we also strive to remedy health inequities and break down barriers to care. We empower our people to tackle these challenges, and we’re all united in our commitment to help millions of people live healthier lives.

Give Out

GiveOut is an award-winning international LGBTQI community foundation that enables its community and allies to give in one place to support LGBTQI activism worldwide.

Across the world, courageous activists are doing vital work to protect communities and improve the lives of LGBTQI people. However, they lack resources, and funding is fragile, especially in the Global South and East. LGBTQI groups receive a tiny fraction of international development aid – just 4p in every £100 awarded by governments.

The community and allies of GiveOut want to provide support, but it is not always easy to do so. GiveOut’s purpose is to help address this urgent need by providing a platform for supporters to give tax efficiently in one place to fund LGBTQI human rights activism worldwide. The organization identifies pioneering groups to support through a rigorous process of consultation, due diligence, and vetting, guided by its Grant-making Advisory Panel and governed by its Board of Trustees.

GiveOut Australia

GiveOUT (formerly known as The Channel Giving Circle) is an LGBTQIA+ organization based in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 2016, the organization has distributed more than $1 million to over 100 LGBTQIA+ organizations in its short history.

GiveOUT also introduced GiveOUT Day to Australia for the first time in April 2019. During this event, they successfully raised more than $85K for 39 LGBTQIA+ organizations across the country in just 24 hours. The initiative has grown each year, and in 2021, GiveOUT raised $320,000 for 77 LGBTQIA+ organizations.

Global Fund for Children

The Global Fund for Children partners with local organizations around the world to help children and youth reach their full potential and advance their rights. In the fight for children’s rights, the Global Fund for Children champions bold ideas that would otherwise go unheard. The organization is the only global nonprofit dedicated to discovering, funding, and coaching truly community-based organizations that empower children and youth.

Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women envisions a world where movements for gender justice have transformed power and privilege for a few into equity and equality for all. We were founded over 30 years ago to fill a critical gap in funding for local women’s rights organizations. Today, we are the leading funder of gender justice organizations, initiatives, and movements worldwide.

Grindr for Equality

Grindr for Equality works toward a world that is safe, just, and inclusive for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It is an ever-evolving mission to help LGBTQ people around the globe. Grindr for Equality’s wide-ranging initiatives impact communities large and small on issues that matter to them the most: safety, sexual health, advocacy, and more. Now is the time to mobilize, inform, and empower LGBTQ communities. When Grindr for Equality does so, their voices get heard. Interested individuals can explore what G4E has been up to and find out how they can get involved.

Groundswell Fund

Groundswell Fund is one of the largest funders of women of color-led organizing in the United States and of the Reproductive Justice (RJ) Movement. Over nearly two decades, the organization has built an irrigation system to resource social justice movements—a channel into which individual donors and foundations can pour resources to reach vital work at the grassroots.

Established in 2017, Groundswell Action Fund, the organization’s 501(c)(4), has already played a pivotal role and had a front-row seat to the gritty, remarkable electoral work that has preserved so much in these late years.

Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity is a philanthropic organization that takes pride in its centuries-long tradition of forward-thinking. The charity supports dedicated teams within Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, recognizing their inherent commitment to instigating change and facing challenges as an integral part of their identity. The core of their mission revolves around caring for patients and their families, and the charity endeavors to assist them in surpassing the limits of what the NHS alone can offer.

Established in 2017, Groundswell Action Fund, the organization’s 501(c)(4), has already played a pivotal role and had a front-row seat to the gritty, remarkable electoral work that has preserved so much in these late years.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is one of four independent grant-making trusts, covering England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. We are funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group and together receive 0.5% of the Group’s pre-tax profits.

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is an independent charitable foundation and our policies are determined by our own Board of Trustees.

Hannchen Multi-Purpose Foundation

The Hannchen Multipurpose Foundation (HMS) sees itself as a partner in a network of initiatives supported by LGBTIQ people. By strengthening this network, it contributes to realizing emancipation as a process supported by society as a whole, which finds expression in the reduction of discrimination and in the promotion of acceptance of diverse lifestyles and social plurality.

Harpur Trust

For over 450 years, The Harpur Trust has been inspiring and supporting the people of Bedford to help them improve their lives. Its aim is for everyone to have pride in the community and to realize their own potential.

The Harpur Trust gives grants to local community projects, having awarded over £11 million over the past 10 years. It supports, promotes, and provides education, as well as offering accommodation for Bedford’s older people.

Harry & Masie Masto Foundation

The Masto Foundation is a Japanese-American family foundation that provides resources to support marginalized communities, particularly those who have or are currently experiencing systemic institutionalized discrimination, to build leadership, power, and strength. Their approach to this giving is heavily influenced by their history, culture, and community.

Heart Of England Community Foundation

The Heart of England Community Foundation is the Community Foundation for the West Midlands and Warwickshire. As the leading, independent grant-making foundation in the region, they have proudly awarded over £35 million to over 7,000 great causes since 1995.

Heinrich Böll Stiftung

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is the green political foundation with projects and offices in 34 countries. Here you will find all information about the organization of the foundation, its history and contact information.

The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity is an independent grant-making trust. They aim to use their resources to help people and communities at a time of need and to bring about positive change. Their Grant Funding Strategy includes their values and principles as an organization and funding priorities for their two largest grant programs, Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities.

HER Fund

HER Fund was established in 2004 to pool resources to empower women and advocate for social change and gender equality. They support the most disadvantaged women and girls in Hong Kong society by providing capacity and leadership training to the most marginalized women’s voluntary organizations and approving small grants. They also hope that the public will pay attention to marginalized women and girls and the issues that affect them.

Hill Foundation

The Hil-Foundation non-profit GmbH is dedicated to (awareness) education on the subjects of equal opportunities, particularly for children and young people, gender diversity and equality, as well as mental health. Through the establishment of the Girls’ Advisory Board and the Boys’ Advisory Board, Hil-Foundation enhances the ecosystem for gender-sensitive child and youth work in Austria, employing a participatory approach. Through collaboration with other non-profit organizations, they actively develop projects that foster equal opportunities and contribute to the implementation of existing programs.

Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation

The Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation provides concrete assistance, through international networking and cooperation with partner organizations in the global South and Eastern Europe, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual (LGBTI) people under threat.

Hivos International

Hivos cooperates with defenders of equal rights in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America.

Horizons Foundation

Horizons Foundation, the world’s first community foundation of, by, and for LGBTQ people, invests in LGBTQ nonprofits, strengthens a culture of LGBTQ giving, and builds a permanent endowment to secure the community’s future for generations to come.


ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

The ifa – Institute for Foreign Relations works together with partners worldwide to promote freedom in art, research and civil society. It gives activists, artists and scientists a voice, promotes cooperation and increasingly pursues its goals with European partners. Based on its core competencies of art, research and civil society, ifa builds networks to achieve sustainable impact. The ifa is funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the state capital Stuttgart.


Imperial Health Charity

Imperial Health Charity helps hospitals do more through grants, arts, and volunteering. They fund better hospital buildings and facilities, pioneering research, and advanced medical equipment.


International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance exists for one reason – to end AIDS through community action, an ambitious but realistic vision.

The organization is building knowledge, mobilizing people, inspiring leadership, and allowing all voices to play significant roles in the response to HIV. Their experience shows that together, more impact can be achieved.

Founded in 1993, the Alliance was established to support community groups in countries most affected by the global AIDS crisis. They offered a vision and a way of working that would put communities at the center of the response to provide effective local solutions. The organization now works with communities in over 40 countries to take local, national, and global action on HIV, health, and human rights.


International Gay and Lesbian Association of the European Region (ILGA – Europe)

ILGA-Europe does not provide recurring funding to LGBTI organizations, but small grants, usually in the context of capacity development and advocacy opportunities in Europe. ILGA-Europe also works to increase funding available in Europe and to ensure that the needs of the LGBTI movement in Europe are understood by funders.

International Trans Fund

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a participatory grantmaking fund made up of trans activists and donors. The mission of the ITF is to mobilize sustainable resources for strong, trans-led movements and collective action and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe.

The ITF aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination and wellbeing.


IPPF is a global healthcare provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all.

Led by a courageous and determined group of women, IPPF was founded in 1952 at the Third International Planned Parenthood Conference. Today, the organization is a movement of 150 Member Associations and Collaborative Partners with a presence in over 146 countries.

IPPF’s work is wide-ranging, including comprehensive sex education, provision of contraceptives, safe abortion, and maternal care, as well as responding to humanitarian crises. The organization prides itself on being local through its members and global through its network. At the heart of IPPF’s mission is the provision of – and advocacy in support of – integrated healthcare to anyone who needs it, regardless of race, gender, sex, income, and crucially, no matter how remote.

The ITF aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination and wellbeing.


ISDAO is an activist-led fund dedicated to building a West African movement that advocates for sexual diversity and sexual rights through a flexible approach to grantmaking and the strengthening of a culture of philanthropy committed to promoting human rights and social justice.

J R McKenzie Trust

The J R McKenzie Trust is a philanthropic family trust that has been grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1940. Known for funding groups and initiatives that often struggle to get grants elsewhere, we distribute allocated funds through a variety of approaches and mechanisms to organisations that align with our vision of a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

John Ellerman Foundation

The John Ellerman Foundation‘s aim is to advance the wellbeing of people, society, and the natural world by focusing on the arts, environment, and social action. The foundation believes these areas can make an important contribution to wellbeing.

As a responsive funder, the John Ellerman Foundation listens to what its applicants think is important rather than pursuing its own agenda.

The foundation supports organizations whose work has reach and significance across the UK. In order for its funds to have as wide an impact as possible, the John Ellerman Foundation looks for charities that have a national footprint.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation works to speed up and support the transition to a future free from poverty, in which people and planet can flourish. They undertake many different types of work across all four nations of the UK. This includes insight gathering, policy development, advocacy and campaigns, impact investment, funding pioneers and visionaries, field building, and supporting those building grassroots movements. We worked with the foundation to create a new website that helps them achieve this mission.

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is a registered housing association and care provider in Yorkshire and the North East of England. It works alongside the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to inspire social change.

Kaleidoscope Trust

Dedicated to championing the equality and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people globally, the Kaleidoscope Trust has been a prominent force since its founding in 2011. The trust has solidified its position as a key human rights non-governmental organization by fostering strategic networks that unite international LGBT activists with policymakers, parliamentarians, civil society organizations, and business leaders from both the UK and around the world.

In collaboration with activists and organizations in over 50 countries, the Kaleidoscope Trust actively works to instigate positive change for LGBT individuals facing discrimination, criminalization, and violence.

King Baudouin Foundation

For over 45 years, the King Baudouin Foundation has been acting for the common good together with numerous partners, experts, and donors. Its activities aim to foster sustainable and positive change in society, in Belgium, Europe, and around the world.

Thanks to the support it provides, the foundation empowers organizations and citizens working to create a better society. It accompanies philanthropists and donors (individuals, companies, or organizations) wishing to take action for the common good on any continent and in any area of general interest, notably through its founding membership of the Myriad alliance for borderless giving.

KIOS Foundation

The KIOS Foundation supports the work of human rights defenders in East Africa and South Asia. Together with local organizations, the foundation is building a world where human rights belong to everyone.

Every year, the foundation funds approximately 30 NGOs that are fighting for dignity, freedom, equality, and justice in their own countries. The work always stems from the local human rights defenders’ own ideas, and the foundation helps along the way.

KM Hunter Charitable Foundation

The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation has portfolios in three sectors: Cultural, Social Services, and The Environment. Within all three portfolios, the foundation is committed to supporting organizations dedicated to helping those who are marginalized, including the homeless, disadvantaged youth, women, indigenous voices, the LGBTQ community, and preserving and protecting habitat for endangered species in Ontario.


Kreitman Foundation

The Kreitman Foundation‘s primary focus is the climate crisis. The foundation generally works with smaller initiatives and takes a strategic approach to finding partners but is always keen to talk with other funders, fundraisers, researchers, experts, and frontline activists whose work fits its strategy, asking that any initial introduction be kept as concise as possible. See the foundation’s strategy for further guidance.


Laudes Foundation

Laudes Foundation is responding to the dual crises of inequality and climate change by supporting brave, innovative efforts that inspire and challenge industry to harness its power for good.

Providing its partners with philanthropic capital, expertise, and connections, the foundation works collectively with and through specific industries to help catalyze systems change. At the same time, it works across sectors, influencing finance and capital markets to move towards a new economy that values all people and nature.


The Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers’ Foundation provides a wide range of funding to UK registered charities, educational institutions, and university students. In 2021-22, the foundation awarded £3,339,511 in charitable and educational grants. The foundation expects to spend a similar amount on deserving causes in 2022-23. It is strongly committed to transparency, working with 360Giving to publish information about its Main and Small Grants.

Leeds Community Foundation

Leeds Community Foundation distributes vital grants and provides trusted advice to community organizations across Leeds and Bradford to influence positive change. The foundation is driven by creating meaningful social impact for thousands of local people every year.

LGBT Purge Fund

From the 1950s to the mid-1990s, individuals in the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, and the federal public service who identified as LGBT faced systematic discrimination, harassment, and frequent termination as part of an official policy and sanctioned practice. This dark chapter, widely recognized as the “LGBT Purge,” involved the relentless pursuit, interrogation, abuse, and trauma of individuals.

The LGBT Purge, orchestrated at the highest echelons of the Government of Canada, exhibited a blatant disregard for the dignity, privacy, and humanity of those affected. Originating during the Cold War, this discriminatory practice persisted for over four decades, impacting an estimated 9,000 lives, with enduring psychological consequences that persist to this day.

During this regrettable period, the careers and self-worth of an entire generation were obliterated. Victims, if able to retain their positions, were deprived of benefits, severance, pensions, and opportunities for advancement. This shameful episode in Canadian history also resulted in tragic outcomes such as suicide, HIV, fear, depression, PTSD, addiction, disownment, criminalization, rejection, isolation, erasure, and numerous other lasting and painful experiences.

LGBT+ Denmark

LGBT+ Denmark stands as Denmark’s largest and oldest political organization advocating for the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals, trans individuals, and others who challenge societal norms related to gender and sexuality. They actively strive for the realization of a society where everyone can lead their lives in complete alignment with their identity. Their advocacy encompasses the pursuit of rights, the establishment of safe communities, and the promotion of social change at the local, national, and global levels.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

The organization is an independent charitable foundation funded by Lloyds Banking Group. It collaborates with small and local charities, individuals, and communities, aiming to transform lives and contribute to the creation of a more just and compassionate society.


London Catalyst

London Catalyst operates as an independent grant-giving charity that offers funding to charities and not-for-profit organizations. Their objectives center around mitigating the impacts of poverty and enhancing the health and well-being of Londoners. The organization prioritizes providing support to individuals facing mental and physical health challenges, life-limiting health conditions, and those with disabilities.


The London Community Foundation

The London Community Foundation is widely recognized and trusted within London’s community organizations for its steadfast support of community action. It stands as a supportive advocate for small, local community organizations and groups, recognizing the crucial role they play in impacting people’s lives positively. With the appropriate personnel and expertise, the foundation is well-equipped to assist community leaders and ensure that community organizations operate with maximum effectiveness.



Luminate is dedicated to ensuring that individuals possess the information, rights, and empowerment necessary to drive change. The organization actively strives to facilitate full participation in civic and political life, providing a secure platform for challenging power and accessing accurate, trustworthy information.

A significant focus of Luminate’s efforts is on supporting underrepresented groups that encounter structural barriers. Throughout their initiatives, there is a commitment to harnessing technology to work in favor of democracy rather than against it.


M.A.C. AIDS Fund

The M·A·C AIDS Fund itself is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, the M·A·C AIDS Fund is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised over $400 million exclusively through the sale of M·A·C VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS.


Maudsley Charity

The Maudsley Charity collaborates with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, aiming to foster positive change in the realm of mental health. The organization provides support for innovation, research, and service improvement. It engages with patients and families, clinical care teams, researchers, and community organizations, all sharing a common goal of enhancing mental health.



Mama Cash

Mama Cash awards grants to groups, organizations and networks led by and working for the human rights of women, girls and trans people. They provide core grants that support entire organizations as opposed to isolated projects or events.

Mediterranean Women's Fund

Since its creation, the Mediterranean Women’s Fund has been committed to strengthening the women’s movement in all the countries of the Mediterranean basin. Its purpose: to contribute in a concrete and ambitious way to improving the status of women.

Mercers' Charitable Foundation

The Mercer Charitable Foundation was set up in 2018 to support local and national issues, focusing on education, healthcare and community.




The Foundation supports activities and initiatives run by organisations that deliver benefit in one or more of the qualifying categories.

Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES)

The Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES) is dedicated to mobilizing funds to provide financial support for projects that promote the progress of Mongolian women and safeguard their human rights. MONES strives to eradicate gender-based discrimination, enhance the representation of women in leadership and decision-making roles, empower women facing multiple challenges, and fortify the women’s movement by fostering networks and fostering collaborations.




The Foundation supports activities and initiatives run by organisations that deliver benefit in one or more of the qualifying categories.

National Emergencies Trust

Within hours of a national emergency, the National Emergencies Trust launches an appeal to raise funds for survivors and their loved ones. It is an independent charity that provides people with one trusted place to give. The organization collaborates with other charities and groups to distribute funds quickly and equitably.




The Foundation supports activities and initiatives run by organisations that deliver benefit in one or more of the qualifying categories.

Norwegian Helsinki Committee

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is a non-governmental organisation working to ensure that human rights are respected in practice. We do this through monitoring, reporting, teaching and democracy support. 




The Foundation supports activities and initiatives run by organisations that deliver benefit in one or more of the qualifying categories.

Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF)

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) endeavors to protect and advance human rights globally by providing direct assistance to organizations operating on the front lines of defending these rights.

It aspires to be recognized as a flexible, courageous, and global entity that extends direct support to local organizations committed to promoting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups.






The Foundation supports activities and initiatives run by organisations that deliver benefit in one or more of the qualifying categories.

Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity

The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity (Norwegian: FRI – foreningen for kjønns- og seksualitetsmangfold) stands as the oldest, largest, and foremost Norwegian member organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals in Norway. Its roots trace back to 1949 when it emerged as the Norwegian arm of the Danish Circle of 1948 (now known as LGBT Danmark) before later evolving into an independent entity. Pioneering as Norway’s inaugural gay rights organization, it actively opposed the criminalization of sexual relations between men, with the noteworthy observation that sexual relations between women were never criminalized due to the prevailing notion that women lacked independent sexuality during that era. Over time, the organization broadened its scope to encompass the comprehensive spectrum of LGBTIQ+ rights.

Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation pursues rights-based approaches, gender equality, and partnership with the organizations it funds. The foundation supports civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice and nurtures innovation and visionary leadership within it. Oak Foundation values diversity both within itself and among its partners; it seeks to be inclusive, flexible, and engage with different points of view. The foundation believes that the best grant-making reflects both careful due diligence and the willingness to take risks.




The Foundation supports activities and initiatives run by organisations that deliver benefit in one or more of the qualifying categories.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships to organization and individuals who are working to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

The Other Foundation

The Other Foundation is an African trust that gathers support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men as well as transgender and intersex people in Southern Africa.

Outright Action International

Outright International works together for better LGBTIQ lives. Outright is dedicated to working with partners around the globe to strengthen the capacity of the LGBTIQ human rights movement, document and amplify human rights violations against LGBTIQ people, and advocate for inclusion and equality.

Oxfordshire Community Foundation

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is a charity that builds thriving communities through effective philanthropy. For over 25 years, the foundation has improved lives and tackled inequality by investing in its dynamic charitable sector. OCF distributes between £1 million and £2 million in grants every year across Oxfordshire. The foundation works with philanthropists, businesses, and the public sector, pooling funds to make a bigger difference together.

Pathy Family Foundation

The Pathy Family Foundation supports people, organizations, and movements for social change. Working hand in hand with its partners, the foundation aims to build vibrant communities and promote equal opportunities for all. The foundation invests in people, organizations, and ideas that empower marginalized groups in Canada and globally.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. He died in 2001 and left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The foundation utilizes its resources to support social change, working towards a just and equitable society in which everyone, especially young people, can realize their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

Philadelphia Foundation

For more than a century, Philadelphia Foundation has increased philanthropic investment in the community, fostering the economic, civic, and social vitality of Greater Philadelphia. The foundation takes charitable dollars further through its deep relationships in the community, close connections with local nonprofits, and a 100-year history of building positive outcomes in the Philadelphia region.

Planet Romeo

The Foundation supports projects that aim to improve the position of LGBTI people all over the world, with emphasis on the most disadvantaged communities and locations. Projects focus on three priority themes: Safety & Shelter, Education and Sports & Culture. Grant awards range from 500 Euro to 5.000 Euro. Application deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

Postcode Foundation

The Swedish Postcode Lottery believes that a strong civil society is essential for creating a better world. The Postcode Foundation’s goal is to carry out that mission through projects that challenge, inspire and promote change. The Postcode Foundation was established in 2003 by Novamedia Sweden AB, which operates and owns the Swedish Postcode Lottery concept. As a beneficiary to the Swedish Postcode Lottery, the Postcode Foundation annually receives part of the lottery’s surplus. This year, The Postcode Foundation was awarded 180 million Swedish crowns (SEK).

Pride Foundation Australia (PFA)

Pride Foundation Australia (PFA – formerly GALFA) is a national philanthropic foundation specifically focused on funding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and other (LGBTQIA+) community issues in Australia. The Foundation actively works to increase philanthropic support for the Australian LGBTQIA+ and allied communities through fundraising, grant giving, collaboration and commissioning projects.


Purposeful is an Africa-rooted global hub for girls’ organizing and activism. They believe that another world is not only possible, it is already being built right here and now, in the ways that girls are organizing with each other, imagining with each other, pushing everyone a little further towards liberation.

Quartet Community Foundation

The West of England is a place that inspires people to put down strong roots and care deeply about the issues facing those living there. Quartet Community Foundation serves as the local community foundation for the region, covering the old Avon boundary – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. They assist ordinary individuals in doing extraordinary things that make local communities thrive and improve the lives of the people residing in the area.

Rainbow Foundation of Hope

Foundation of Hope directly funds Canadian charities dedicated to assisting in the relocation and resettlement of persecuted LGBTQ+ migrants into Canada. Canadian charities are eligible to apply to the grants program offered by Foundation of Hope, which provides support for both asylum seeker sponsorship and newcomer resettlement services.

Red Umbrella Fund

Red Umbrella Fund is the first and only global fund dedicated to supporting the rights of sex workers. It was established in 2012 to respond to the lack of funding available for sex workers’ rights organising. In line with its core values of autonomy and ownership, Red Umbrella Fund is a sex worker-led, participatory fund.

The Rainbow Fund - Regnbågsfonden

The purpose of the Rainbow Fund is to work with funding to support competent organizations and projects in countries where rainbow people are discriminated against, persecuted and killed. The Rainbow Fund also works with impact projects in collaboration with other organizations.

The Robertson Trust

The Roberson Trust funds and supports organizations working to alleviate poverty and trauma in Scotland. They also inform and influence the sector, stakeholders, and decision-makers, sharing their knowledge, solutions, and networks.

Rule Foundation

The Rule Foundation was established through a trust deed in 2008 to enable the funds left from the estate of Peter Rule to be used to fund projects and activities to advance the health, wellbeing and visibility of the LGBTI community.

San Diego LGBT Pride

Formed in 1974 as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services, we produced the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York’s Christopher Street. San Diego Pride incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1994, and today it continues to bring together the skills, talents, and visions of our diverse community through numerous programs.

San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Save Children International

Save the Children‘s work saves and improves children’s lives around the world. The organization is dedicated to ensuring children have access to healthcare, food, and shelter, as well as learning and child protection services when needed the most. Save the Children is committed to helping all children achieve their full potential by ensuring they grow up healthy, receive a good education, and stay safe.

Sigrid Rausing Trust

The SRT supports organizations working to enhance the legal standing and social acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people. They have a particular interest in the relationship between discriminatory laws, homophobia and violence. Applications are accepted by invitation only.

The Small Change Foundation

Small Change Fund is an easy and effective way for communities across Canada to amplify
the impact of their projects with expert advice, greater awareness and crowdfunding, and
for people with vision to get behind them.

Somerset Community Foundation

Somerset Community Foundation is dedicated to building stronger Somerset communities together. As a charity, they assist passionate individuals in Somerset to change the world on their doorstep. The foundation achieves this by funding amazing local charities and offering rewarding and impactful ways for donors to contribute to the causes and places they care about. Somerset Community Foundation strives to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Stephen Lewis Foundation

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a progressive and feminist organization grounded in the values of social justice, international solidarity, and substantive equality. It was established with the explicit goal of providing support to community-led organizations operating on the frontlines of the HIV epidemic in various countries across sub-Saharan Africa.


Stiftung EVZ

The mission of the EVZ Foundation is to preserve the memory of National Socialist persecution and promote human rights and international understanding. Given its founding history, the foundation is especially engaged in activities within Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, and Germany.



Stonewall stands for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. The organization envisions a world where all LGBTQ+ individuals are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

Stonewall is part of a vibrant global movement for change, comprising LGBTQ+ people, allies, families, and friends. Since its inception, the organization has been dedicated to advocating for freedom, equity, and the realization of potential.


Stonewall Community Foundation

Stonewall Community Foundation strengthens the LGBTQ community and Movement by making strategic, values-driven investments in dynamic organizations, projects, and leaders. As a public foundation, it does so in close partnership with the people impacted by its mission, its diverse and global supporter base, and the many individuals pushing forward the front lines of progress.


Suffolk Community Foundation

Suffolk Community Foundation is the largest grantmaker to the voluntary sector in Suffolk. Established in 2005, the foundation is a registered charity and part of a national family of 47 community foundations across the UK. The organization works closely with key stakeholders to increase understanding of need and raise essential funds to support local charities and community groups.


Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL)

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights, is a non-profit organization founded in 1950. RFSL strives to create an equal world where all LGBTQI people’s human rights are respected and no one is left behind.

RFSL (the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex rights) was started the year 1950. The organisation is one of the oldest surviving LGBTQI rights organisations in the world. RFSL works locally, nationally and internationally.


Synergía - Initiatives for Human Rights

Founded in 2017, Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights was established with the intention of minimizing costly organizational infrastructure in favor of maximizing the funding allocated to programmatic work, including increasing the funding provided to partners.

Prior to its creation, the Synergía team first began to form in 2007 and was originally hosted as a specific program within several larger international human rights and international development organizations. Now, as a cross-regional organization with staff based in Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Turkey, and the United States of America, the team carries over 75 years’ collective experience in advancing human rights movements around the world.


Tawani Foundation

The TAWANI Foundation boasts a proud history of supporting a diverse array of organizations across multiple fields dedicated to advancing knowledge, preserving heritage, and providing assistance to those in our communities.

Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation is a private philanthropic family foundation working throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The foundation is dedicated to helping build a stronger, sustainable nation so that families, communities, and the environment thrive now and in the future. The work of The Tindall Foundation is driven by a belief that all Kiwis should have the chance to achieve their full potential and contribute to a healthy, strong society.

Thrive LDN

Thrive LDN is a citywide public mental health partnership dedicated to ensuring all Londoners have an equal opportunity for good mental health and wellbeing. It comprises a coalition of partners working towards the shared mission of ensuring everyone living or working in London is treated fairly and can live a happy and healthy life.

Tides Foundation

As a partner, Tides works closely with donors and doers to shift power to communities historically denied it. The organization provides fiscal sponsorship, donor-advised funds, impact investing, and a variety of grantmaking solutions to advance social justice and equity.

Trust for London

Trust for London is one of the largest funders in the city, supporting work for a fairer London since 1891. The organization believes that all people have the right to reach their full potential and funds organizations working at the frontline of social and economic justice.

Trust for London allocates around £10 million each year to groups fighting for a fairer London. The work funded by the organization comes in various forms, from community groups helping people build skills and knowledge to large-scale campaigns and research.

Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust, working to support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities around the UK.

Two Ridings Community Foundation

Two Ridings Community Foundation supports community groups that enrich the lives of people and communities in North & East Yorkshire. The foundation also assists individuals and organizations that want to give, make donations, and set up funds for local causes that matter. This collaborative effort enables the foundation to strengthen the region’s communities and transform people’s lives.

Since 2000, Two Ridings Community Foundation has made thousands of grants totaling over £19 million to local charities and community groups, aiding them in supporting thousands of local people.


The Sundance Documentary Fund provides strategic financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. They provide $1M-$2M in non-recoupable financing annually across all stages of development, production, post-production, and strategic audience engagement.


UHAI is Africa’s pioneering fund that is both led and managed by indigenous activists, specifically for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. UHAI places a strong emphasis on amplifying the voices of African activists in resourcing the ongoing struggle for equality, justice, and dignity for these communities. The organization is reshaping the narrative around how Africa’s human rights and health struggles are funded, shifting from a model of ‘foreign assistance’ to one of ownership and self-determination by the very activists who intimately understand and live through these challenges.

Ukrainian Women's Fund

UWF (Ukrainian Women’s Foundation) is transforming its support for the Ukrainian women’s/feminist movement to meet emerging needs. Despite the challenges posed by the war in Ukraine, the women’s/feminist movement remains resilient and active. On the contrary, UWF is translating most of its movement-development initiatives into new formats to adapt to the changing circumstances.

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) grants awards to initiatives that showcase the systematic addressing, reduction, and, with persistent efforts, elimination of violence against women and girls (VAW/G).

Unbound Philanthropy

Unbound Philanthropy is dedicated to contributing to a vibrant, welcoming society and advocating for an immigration system rooted in justice. The organization collaborates with leaders and organizations in the US and UK, including activists, policymakers, researchers, cultural strategists, and philanthropic peers. Together, they explore and advance the practical implementation of these ideals.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs supports humanitarian organizations to respond effectively to the needs of people caught in crises, to understand and analyze their needs, and to mobilize international assistance. The office provides tools and services to help humanitarian organizations ensure that no one affected by a crisis is left behind.

United St Saviour's Charity

United St Saviour’s is a charity dedicated to supporting the people and communities of Southwark. Through their grant-making programs, the organization helps communities address social needs by investing in exciting projects that offer both proven and innovative solutions. Additionally, United St Saviour’s provides exceptional housing for older people in their almshouses, creating strong and supportive communities in beautiful surroundings.

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (USA)

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism provides fast, flexible support to women, trans, and non-binary activists, enabling them to respond to unexpected risks and opportunities. The organization aims to help activists protect and care for themselves and one another while nurturing feminist movements that are creating a more just and equitable world.

Guided by the priorities and expertise of their activist partners, Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism delivers holistic, timely support to frontline feminist activists, organizations, and movements when, where, and how it matters most.

ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare is a specialist pharmaceutical company that is 100% dedicated to HIV medicines and research, with a focus on people living with HIV and AIDS. The company does things differently, from its unique origins to its innovative medicines, pushing the boundaries of what people think is possible in HIV treatment and care.


VOICE, an acronym for “Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies,” stands as the largest European humanitarian NGO network. Since its inception in 1992, it has been dedicated to promoting efficient and effective humanitarian aid globally. In 2022, VOICE marks its 30th anniversary. Serving as the primary NGO representative in dialogue with the European Union on emergency aid, VOICE champions the values of its 89 member organizations. These organizations are actively involved in delivering principled aid in response to humanitarian crises around the world.

The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust

The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust functions as a family philanthropic organization. The trust is dedicated to creating equitable opportunities for Ōtautahi’s young people, their whānau, and their communities. It operates proactively, cultivating relationships and contributing resources to support systemic change. The trust’s efforts are centered on specific issues within housing, education, the development of the youth sector, mental well-being, and cancer research.

The Wellcome Trust

Wellcome is a global charitable foundation established in 1936. Through its work, the foundation supports science to address urgent health issues facing everyone. Wellcome funds curiosity-driven research and is actively tackling three of the biggest health challenges confronting humanity – climate change, infectious disease, and mental health.

With a £36.8 billion investment portfolio, Wellcome provides researchers with the time and resources they need to make breakthroughs.

The Wimbledon Foundation

Established in 2013, the Wimbledon Foundation is the charitable arm of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships. The Foundation continues to build upon the success of a comprehensive program of community and charitable activities developed over several years.

Women Win

Women Win supports a global network of organizations through three main initiatives focused on girls’ rights through sport, women’s economic resilience, and the democratization of philanthropy.

Women’s Fund Asia

The Women’s Fund in Georgia directs its resources towards empowering women’s organizations, initiative groups, and activists. Its focus is on sustaining their initiatives and activities, aiming to develop effective strategies that can counter the patriarchal system of power relations.



World Childhood Foundation

World Childhood Foundation works to prevent child sexual abuse in collaboration with passionate pioneers, grassroots organizations, companies, foundations, and other actors who share its vision of a world where no child is sexually abused. The organization invests in innovations, methods, and partnerships that strengthen protection and reduce risks for particularly vulnerable groups. Childhood engages in advocacy to increase knowledge and awareness of child sexual abuse, striving to create long-term and sustainable change.

The work of Childhood is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and is aligned with the Global Goals 5, 16, and 17. The foundation is funded by companies, foundations, and private donors. Childhood was founded in 1999 by Queen Silvia.



European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

EIDHR awards grants through competitive calls for proposals listed on their website. These calls for proposals may be launched either by European Union delegations on the ground (“Country-Based Support Schemes”) or by European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Applicants have to follow the instructions given in the “guidelines for applicants” for each call. Grant amounts vary depending on proposal request. (10.000 euro +)

European Endowment for Democracy

European Endowment for Democracy is an European Union Fund for countries bordering the EU (including those in North Africa and Middle East).

Global Equality Fund

Global Equality Fund is a LGBT International Fund at the United States Department of State, which operates though specific calls for proposals and small grants via US embassies.

National Endowment for Democracy

The NED is a nonprofit organization created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. The Endowment is guided by the belief that freedom is a universal human aspiration that can be realized through the development of democratic institutions, procedures, and values. With its annual US Congress appropriation, it makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The following embassies may also be contacted for inquiries about funding for LGBT causes: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States (ask for the officer in charge of grants and/or civil society/human rights).

U.S. Embassy Small Grants Programs

Many U.S. Embassies around the world offer small grants programs to support civil society. Please refer to the website for the U. S. Embassy in your country and/or inquire with your contacts at the embassy for more information.

Government of Australia

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Government of Belgium

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Government of Canada

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Government of Denmark

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Government of Finland

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Government of Germany

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Government of Malta

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Government of New Zealand

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Government of Norway

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Government of Sweden

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Government of the Netherlands

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Government of the United Kingdom

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The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund allocates funds generated by National Lottery players to communities throughout the United Kingdom. Collaborating with local groups and nationwide charities, it empowers individuals and communities to flourish.

As an executive non-departmental public body, The National Lottery Community Fund operates under the sponsorship of the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund distributes funds from The National Lottery to safeguard and revitalize the cultural heritage of the UK. This is achieved through pioneering projects designed to create enduring effects on both individuals and locations, breathing vitality into heritage for future generations.


Sport England

Sport England is an arms-length body of the government tasked with the growth and development of grassroots sport, as well as the promotion of increased physical activity throughout England. It originated as The Sports Council, functioning as an independent body under the Department of National Heritage, established by Royal Charter in 1972. In 1996, a revised Royal Charter led to the establishment of The English Sports Council, officially in operation from 1 January 1997, following the reorganization of The Sports Council into UK Sport and the home nations sports councils.

Freedom House

The Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program provides emergency funds, advocacy support, and security assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights.

Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders Security Grants can pay for organizational and personal provisions to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and their organizations. Grants can pay to improve physical security of an organization, digital security, communication security, and legal fees for HRDs who are being judicially harassed. They can pay for medical fees for HRDs who have been attacked or who have suffered a medical condition as a result of their peaceful human rights activities. They can also provide family assistance for imprisoned HRDs. Grants are for amounts up to a maximum of €7,500.

Lifeline: Assistance Fund for Embattled Civil Society Organizations

The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund provides emergency financial assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack and advocacy support responding to broader threats to civil society.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Rapid Response Grants are a funding tool used to support interventions by activists in a strategic and timely manner. Urgent Action Fund accepts requests 365 days per year, in any language, from activists around the world. Each request receives a response within 72 hours and funds can be wired within a week. Requests can be made for up to $5,000 USD.

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