COVID-19: Funding opportunities for LGBTI activists
We strive to support the work of the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia in many ways. Here, our Programmes Team is gathering an up to date list of ILGA-Europe and external funding calls for LGBTI activists and organisations.
Current funding opportunities at ILGA-Europe
“NO ONE LEFT BEHIND” FUND
ILGA-Europe launched a fund to support the LGBTI movement’s capacity to effectively address socio-economic inequalities within LGBTI communities at this critical moment. The objective of this Fund is to enable LGBTI groups and organisations in Europe and Central Asia to gain the skills and knowledge, build alliances and relationships, and/or test new types of activities, with a view to developing longer-term responses to underlying causes of social and economic inequalities which increase the vulnerability and marginalisation of LGBTI people, especially in times of crisis.
Creating Opportunities supports LGBTI activists to create campaigns with impact. Are you facing a threat or opportunity where public campaigning, mobilisation, or communications could help? Responding to COVID-19, we are already supporting groups with small social media adverts, and message-testing focus groups.
You don't have to have a full plan yet, we can get started with a quick call to discuss ideas. As well as fast and flexible small grants you will also get findings from our research on effective message framing, and direct coaching from our strategic communications and campaigns consultant.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.
ILGA-Europe continues to support LGBTI human rights defenders and activists facing emergency situations in the time of COVID-19 through the Dignity for All programme.
LGBTI organisations in Europe and Central Asia can apply for support if:
- You are in a difficult situation because you or your organisation are under threat or attack due to the work for human rights and equality for LGBTI people
- There is a need for an urgent action/ advocacy campaign to respond to threats or attacks targeting LGBTI people and organisations in your country
- You require training or assistance in improving organisational security skills and competencies
- If personal or organisational security of activists has been or are likely to be jeopardised or weakened due to the current COVID-19 situation
External funding opportunities
We kindly thank our colleagues at Freedom House and the Dignity for All programme who provided most of the opportunities below. ILGA-Europe has updated this list relevance to the European and Central Asian regions.
The Digital Freedom Fund launched the Fund to support "rapid response" strategic cases in Council of Europe countries challenging digital rights violations committed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will support litigation through the whole process, from first instance to the final appeal stage, including possible appeals and referrals to a regional court. The grants are aimed at funding cases that relate to digital rights violations that are a result of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic or exacerbated by it. Find out more here.
Mama Cash has launched the Global Resilience Fund for Girls and Young Women. Housed by We Are Purposeful, this fund is a joint effort between equality-oriented organisations and feminist funds around the world to respond to new needs and challenges faced by girls and young women in the wake of #COVID19. The fund will provide fully flexible, rapid response grants to registered and unregistered, community based organisations and informal collectives led by girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth with incomes below US$50,000 per year to apply. Find out more here.
The EL*C is providing small grants that are intended only for lesbian led and lesbian* groups in Europe and Central Asia. Grants can only be used in response to the Covid-19 crises, which may include: Direct support and services to the lesbian community (such as food, shelter, psychosocial support, etc.); Advocacy activities (such as advocating for Covid-19 response measures that are inclusive of lesbian needs and interests); Communication and campaigning activities (such as social media campaigns, press clipping, online tools, etc); Operating costs (such as office costs, rent, utilities, etc.) Find out more here.
OutRIght Action International has launched a fund that offers emergency financial assistance to LGBTIQ organisations that are addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the global LGBTIQ community. This opportunity is open to organisations outside North America and Western Europe. Find out more here.
The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation is offering grants to CSOs working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on projects to mitigate the effect of the pandemic. Projects should focus on rapid assistance for vulnerable groups, preserving good governance and accountability, countering fake news, and more broadly adjusting to the new reality that coronavirus has created. Find out more here.
The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) was set up as a flexible rapid-response mechanism to respond to local needs. During the COVID-19 crisis, EED continues work and can support LGBTI organisations in the European neighbourhood as part of their work. Find out more here.
The Urgent Action Fund is providing grants for feminist activists working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. The Fund prioritises activities related to such things as wellness, community care, remote work and digital gatherings, online advocacy campaigns, COVID-19 awareness campaigns, and supporting vulnerable populations. Find out more here.
Recognising that people living with AIDS are extremely vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has launched a fund to provide grants to fund solutions to addressing the specific challenges faced by those living with AIDS during this time. Projects should focus on mitigating the threat of COVID-19 to HIV/AIDS-positive individuals and/or increasing access to HIV healthcare programs. This opportunity is currently only open to existing grantee organisations. Find out more here.
CAHR has set up a fund – Arctivists – to support activists and artists across the world responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 and its implications for human rights defenders, activism, and shrinking civic and political space. Paired activists and artists are able to apply for up to £3,000; it is envisaged that most grants will be for between £1,000 and £2,000. Find out more here.
The Open Technology Fund provides grants to organisations working to ensure internet freedom and access to information globally. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OTF is increasing the pool of funding available to organisations specifically working on access to information relating to the pandemic. Projects and grant applications working on COVID-19 interventions are being prioritised. Find out more here.
Peace First has begun offering rapid response grants to address COVID-19. The grants will go to young individuals and activists all over the world launching projects to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 around the world. Find out more here.
The following opportunities might be of interest to LGBTI community members:
This fund from national geographic will provide funding for journalists all over the world working to cover COVID-19 and its impact in their communities. Grants prioritise projects that aim to deliver news and information to underserved communities. Find out more here.
The IWMF is taking relief fund cases from women-identifying journalists who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. They currently accept cases in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese for up to $2,000. Find out more here.
Substack is donating $100,000 in grants to independent writers on Substack who are experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic. Find out more here.
The CSBR Rights & Resilience Seed Grants aim to support small scale projects that experiment with alternative ways to organize and advance rights amidst the impacts of COVID-19. Proposals are due 08 June 2020, for projects to be carried out between 1 July -15 December 2020. Find out more here in English, Bahasa, Arabic and Turkish.
TechSoup launched a COVID-19 Response Fund for Nonprofits Capacity Building to help grassroots nonprofits make critical technology investments while continuing to serve the most vulnerable communities through the crisis and into the future. TechSoup will underwrite technology hardware and tools, training and services from its growing list of resources, with a particular focus on supporting small organisations that provide social services. Find out more here.