Arcus Foundation: United States LGBTQ Social Justice
The Arcus Foundation Social Justice Program’s ultimate goal is to achieve dignity, safety, inclusion, and opportunity for LGBTQ people (i.e., people discriminated against based on actual or perceived Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, also referred to as SOGI) in the U.S. and around the world, especially those most marginalized. While not specifically noted in “LGBTQ,” support for intersex populations can be included in the request. Specific goal areas of the Arcus Social Justice Program are the following:
- Increased safety in lived realities of LGBTQ people
- Increased LGBTQ-affirming protections that promote full inclusion and equal opportunity
- Increased social inclusion of and public support for LGBTQ people
The Social Justice Program will accept concept papers for the following work aimed at achieving impact in the Foundation’s three goal areas (detailed above):
- Increased safety: An increase in safety and reduction in violence for LGBTQ people
- Increased protections and policies: The growth and expansion of pro-LGBTQ legislation, jurisprudence, and government policies; and a reduction in laws and policies that curtail the rights of LGBTQ people or penalize/criminalize SOGI identities
- Social inclusion and acceptance: Increased rates of public acceptance and greater degrees of social inclusion of LGBTQ people
Amount: A total of $7,000,000 is available to award up to 30 grants over the next two year period (not all available funding will be expended through this initial call). Grants will range up to $200,000 per year for a maximum period of two years.
Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations or applicants that apply under the auspices of a fiscal sponsor with such status. Applicants may be organizations that (1) use Arcus funds to directly impact and improve the lives of LGBTQ people; or (2) operate as a grantmaker (i.e., intermediaries) that seeks to redistribute Arcus’ and other funds through open or targeted calls for proposals, in alignment with specific strategies that would advance their missions. Arcus especially seeks to support indigenous grantmakers who are part of and accountable to their communities, and who have relevant expertise to assess and support their grantees’ work at the local level.
Grants must support work in the following priority states and one region within a state: Arizona; Central Valley, California; Florida; Georgia; New Mexico; and North Carolina.
Note: Concept papers can include one or more of these geographies. Intermediaries, joint partner projects, and regional/national organizations can propose work that focuses in these geographies yet is inclusive of non-focal states. Concept papers can include one or more focal countries or regions. Intermediaries, joint partner projects, and regional organizations can also propose work within the regions that include non-focal countries, as long as at least one focus country is included.
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