2021-22 Global Resources Report Data Submission

2021-22 Global Resources Report Data Submission

Data submission closed on September 30, 2023

The biennial Global Resources Report provides foundations, governments, multilateral agencies, corporate donors, and civil society with the most detailed and accurate understanding of the global LGBTI funding landscape.

Ensure that your grants are included in this fifth cycle of the data collection, analysis, and comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for LGBTI issues.

We are now tracking global funding focused on LGBTI communities from calendar years 2021 and 2022.

GPP looks forward to sharing ten years of LGBTI global funding data in June 2024!

There are three templates available for download, with slightly different formats, for (1) Private and Public Foundations or NGO Intermediary Funders, (2)  Donor Governments, and (3) Multilateral Agency Funders. Each template includes guidance for each column, found on the second tab of the spreadsheet. If possible, we request data to be shared using these templates.

New this cycle: The data submission template for Foundations and NGO Intermediary Funders is available in EnglishFrenchGerman, and Spanish and accepting data submission in those languages.

In some cases, grantmakers may need to use an alternate model. In this case, please share any additional information about your data format using the Notes section of the submission form on this page or via direct email submission to research@globalphilanthropyproject.org.


Grantmakers based in the USA, please use the special form below.

Special instructions for US-based funders

For this edition of the Global Resources Report, Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are jointly asking U.S.-based funders to share their grants data directly to GPP for inclusion in the global report, with a submission deadline of September 30, 2023. Please use this template to share your data.

There are more details about the process for U.S.-based funders in the Frequently Asked Questions section below, but here are a few key notes:

  • If you have previously shared your 2021 grants data with Funders for LGBTQ Issues, there is no need to share it again in this submission.
  • If this is the first time you are sharing your data, please do include any grants awarded in 2021 and 2022.
  • If your organization’s grants are focused exclusively on the U.S., you may continue reporting directly to Funders for LGBTQ Issues in their annual collection cycle and you do not need to submit data to GPP for the global report.
  • Government and Multilateral Organizations based in the U.S. are requested to use the forms linked in the previous section which are specific to their donor type.
  • If you have reported to Funders for LGBTQ Issues in the past, you’ll find that the template is similar to the previous year. Please note that there are multiple tabs in the document, including a first sheet containing instructions.

You may share your data by using the secure submission form on this page, or via direct email submission to research@globalphilanthropyproject.org. Reporting through this process will be shared with both Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, for inclusion in the Global Resources Report and the 2022 U.S. Domestic Tracking Report.

Reporting instruction webinar with Q&A

Is this your first time submitting grants data to the Global Resources Report? Have you participated in the past but could use a refresher two years later? We held a data submission orientation webinar on 11 April 2023 and you can watch the video here. We also welcome individual questions and clarifications to research@globalphilanthropyproject.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Grants Are Included?


We include grants to organizations or programs that specifically focus on an LGBTI issue or population. This generally does not include funds for programs with a broader focus that may also include LGBTI issues or populations.

For example, a human rights organization receiving a grant to provide asylum services to marginalized refugees, open and welcoming of all refugees including LGBTI people, would not be included in the report. If that same human rights organization received a grant to provide asylum services specifically supporting LGBTI refugees, it would be included.

Similarly, we include grants related to HIV/AIDS or other development funding streams (i.e. education, health, gender equality, economic empowerment) that are specifically focused on LGBTI people.

In some cases, donors who track funding to multiple impacted populations have been able to identify a prorated percentage of a larger grant with demonstrated LGBTI focus. We welcome clarifying questions if you are considering the partial inclusion of such grants.


We report based on when grants are awarded, not when funds are disbursed. Please report the full amount of each grant awarded in the calendar years of 2021 and 2022. For multiyear grants, the full amount is counted in year 1. Please do not include disbursements from multi-year grants awarded in previous years.


We do not report on LGBTI grantmaking by governments that is focused within the government’s own country (domestic funding). We do include government LGBTI grantmaking for work outside of your country.

However, we do include domestic funding by all other types of donors: foundations, corporate donors, intermediary NGO funders, and multilateral agencies.


We do track funding to LGBTI individuals in the form of scholarships and fellowships awarded on the basis of the LGBTI identity, or for LGBTI work. This is not limited to academic activities and often includes items such as travel stipends or scholarships for LGBTI activists attending relevant conferences. There is no need to report the names of individual grantees, but any detail you can share about LGBTI population, geography, or grant focus will be help to ensure the grant can be included.

Who Reports?

The Global Resources Report grant database is developed predominantly through self-reporting, with participating grantmakers directly providing data on all LGBTI-related grants. When possible, grantmakers provide information on the grantee name, mission, and location as well as grant description, type of support, year, amount awarded for each individual grant, and other details. The following is a list of the types of funders included:

  • Private foundations: Nongovernmental and/or nonprofit organizations or charitable trusts whose funding is typically endowed by a family or an individual donor, or through the sale of corporate assets. Private foundations do not solicit funds from the public.
  • Public foundations: Institutions set up to raise funds from the general public in order to award grants. Some public foundations also function as intermediary funders, receiving funds from other foundations or development agencies in order to regrant those funds to civil society organizations and grassroots groups.
  • Intermediary organizations: Nongovernmental and/or civil society organizations (CSOs) operating a range of programs, including the regranting of funds received from foundations or development agencies to other (generally smaller) civil society organizations and grassroots groups.
  • Corporate funders: Foundations and grantmaking programs at for-profit organizations.
  • Governments: Funding awarded by donor governments through a range of agencies and embassies. This report documents government funding focused on international development
    efforts to advance LGBTI rights and does not include governments’ domestic funding.
  • Multilateral agencies: Organizations formed by multiple countries for the purpose of joint funding or other types of cooperation.
  • Anonymous funders: Foundations and funds seeking to maintain anonymity in their giving.

Data from individual donors is not collected unless the funding was awarded through a philanthropic entity, such as a private foundation or a donor-advised fund housed at a public foundation.

Foundations based in the United States provide data to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, while Global Philanthropy Project collects data for foundations based outside of the United States and for all government and multilateral donors. Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project work closely together to incorporate all relevant data into the Global Resources Report.

Direct data submissions may also be supplemented by a review of official disclosure documents, annual reports, press releases, and online grants databases. Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ data collection method includes a review of U.S. tax returns for foundations and nonprofit institutions. Global Philanthropy Project utilizes additional datasets from the 360Giving database of foundation funding in the United Kingdom and the Candid Foundation Maps global dataset for both LGBT and intersex funding.

How to Protect Grantee (or Donor) Anonymity?

We recognize that some funders may need to limit detail in funding data, due to security concerns or other reasons. We aim to support funders in sharing as much information as is safely possible with consideration of these concerns, and work with donors with a variety of needs and reporting restrictions. If you have any specific questions how to document and/or share your data, please contact research@globalphilanthropyproject.org.

  • Any detail you can share in the “Grant Description” and “Brief Grantee Description” columns of the reporting template will be a great support to the analysts coding this data. This information will enable increased specificity of issues, strategies, populations, and more.  These descriptions will only be used for grants coding analysis and will never be shared publicly.
  • Similarly, any detail you can share regarding Grantee location will greatly enable more detailed analysis and reporting on funding trends, gaps, and opportunities for increased support. This data will also not be reported at the individual grantee level, only in aggregate reporting at the regional and global levels.
  • In the case that grantee name should be anonymized due to safety concerns we encourage funders to share the names with our analysis team if possible. In this case, please indicate “Grantee Name [Anonymous]” and we will use the grantee name only to inform the report on relevant general characteristics of the grantee such as type of grantee. These grantees will appear as Anonymous in the Global Resources Report or any additional materials.

How Do We Handle Regranting/Funding Through Intermediaries?

Global LGBTI funding streams encompass a complex network of intermediary “regranting” organizations that receive funds from donor governments, multilateral agencies, and private foundations and are entrusted to use those resources to make smaller grants to grassroots organizations.

An intermediary/regranting organization is generally a public foundation, or it may be a nongovernmental organization (NGO) operating a range of programs including grantmaking.

This report tracks funds awarded for the purposes of regranting and eliminates double-counting where appropriate. Specifically, when there is data for both a grant awarded to an intermediary for regranting and the grants ultimately awarded by the intermediary, then only the latter set of grants is included in most tabulations and charts.

The data submission sheet includes a number of columns that aim to identify this information.

  • In the sheet for foundations, Column A asks for the Funding Source Name. For intermediary funders, this is a space to share where the original funds came from. This helps to enable our analysis of overall funding flows.
  • All data submission sheets include columns asking “Will this grant be further regranted to additional organizations? (Y/N?)” and “If the grant will be further regranted, what percentage of the total will be awarded to additional organizations?” These columns are the space to identify that your organization awarded a grant for the purpose of the awardee then using the funds to provide additional grants, and to identify what percentage of the total grant amount is meant for regranting. If this field is not filled in, we use 20% as an overhead cost estimate which would mean that 80% is awarded for regranting.

We Are Based in the USA – Should We Send Our Data to GPP?

For foundations based or headquartered in the USA, LGBTI grants data is collected annually by Funders for LGBTQ Issues for inclusion in their domestic U.S. Tracking Report. Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a key data partner for the global report, sharing grant-level detail for grants focused outside of the USA and aggregrate funding data for grants focused on the USA with Global Philanthropy Project to enable a full global funding overview.

If your organization has submitted your data for grants awarded in 2021 to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, there is no need to re-submit 2021 grants data to GPP – it will be shared between Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project as in previous cycles. See the next points for how to share 2022 grants data. 

New in this cycle:

  • For grants awarded in 2022, the global report requires an earlier collection timeline, with a final deadline of September 30, 2023.
  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project jointly reach out to request this data submission from U.S.-based foundations with significant international funding portfolios.
  • Please use this template for your reporting, and note that instructions are included on the first tab.

We are grateful to our partners at Funders for LGBTQ Issues and our foundation partners for adapting together as we coordinate the complexities of international data collection.

Not sure if you have already submitted 2021 grants data to Funders for LGBTQ Issues? Eager to understand the shift in collection process for 2022 grants? Contact us with your questions. 

Government Donor Guidance

Government funding is included when the funds focus on countries other than their own, but funding to support domestic programs is not included in our methodology. Likewise, grants to intermediary funders based in-country to regrant for domestic programs are also excluded.

GPP has developed a more extensive guidance document for donor governments participating in the Global Resources Report. Please contact us at research@globalphilanthropyproject.org to request a copy.

Corporate Donor Guidance

The Global Resources Report includes grants made by corporations and other for-profit organizations, and partners with a number of networks for LGBTI-affirming corporations for data solicitation. We encourage corporate donors to share their funding focused on global LGBTI communities, including financial support of Pride events, galas, and other donations to LGBTI causes or organizations. Funds supporting individual LGBTI people, such as scholarships or support to attend relevant LGBTI conferences, are also eligible to be included.

Is the Submission Deadline Flexible?

Please note that for this edition of the report, September 30th, 2023 is a non-negotiable final deadline. 

In previous years, we have worked with many institutions to enable reporting after our formal deadline. We are eager to work with donors during our six-month data collection period (March through September) to support you in sharing data by the cut off date.

Report Advisory Committee

Thank you to the Advisory Committee for the 2021-2022 Global Resources Report.

Michaël Arnaud, Égides
Ajita Banerjie, ILGA Asia
Aram Barra, Open Society Foundations
Chantelle de Nobrega, Mama Cash
Damjan Denkovski, Center for Feminist Foreign Policy
Phoebe de Padua, Foundation for a Just Society
Dr. Susan Dicklitch-Nelson, F&M Global Barometers; LGBTQI Perception Index
Al Vallejo Galeana, Global Fund for Human Rights
Jay R. Gilliam, USAID

Lane Harwell, Ford Foundation
Michael Heflin, OutRight Action International
Erica Lim, Arcus Foundation
Françoise Moudouthe, African Women’s Development Fund
Kimalhi Powell, Rainbow Railroad
Dominic Perera, Global Dialogue
Gustavo Ribeiro, Luminate
Star Rugori, Moli Burundi
Joe Wong, Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)

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