We know what it’s like to be a start-up grassroots organization. We know that sometimes $250 can nourish the seeds of a community-changing idea, giving life to the fruits of equity. That is why in 2015 the Campaign for Southern Equality launched the Southern Equality Fund as a way to give funding and training to grassroots organizers.
This deep knowledge and trust in our people is why we created the Southern Equality Fund. We know that these groups and leaders are out there and that the Southern Equality Fund grants are a vote of support and confidence in their ideas.
THE GOAL: To get as much funding as we can into the hands of the folks doing heroic work to promote the equality, safety and visibility of LGBTQ Southerners.
THE METHOD: Saying yes to grant applicants as often as possible. You don't need to be a 501(c)3 to apply and we are focused on organizations with a budget under $50,000. The Campaign for Southern Equality also offers a series of grassroots webinars focused on fundraising, storytelling with data, and applying for 501(c)3 status. This training and support can be used to raise more money to sustain and grow their work.
THE IMPACT: Last year the Southern Equality Fund awarded 95 grants totaling $53,322. More than 70% of those grassroots partners have projects or organizations that are trans led, POC led, and/or led by folks in rural or small towns. In 2018 we are committed to digging even deeper.
This year, with your support we will give away $73,500.
An anonymous donor will match your gift dollar for dollar. Please give now.
To read more about the Southern Equality Fund, check out our 2017 annual report at https://lgbtinthesouth.org/.