Grant Guidelines

Grants 2019-2020

The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund grant round is now open!

Grant Guidelines


The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund granted $63,000 to 16 southern Arizona projects in 2018-2019.

The projects/organizations awarded grants for 2018-2019:

  • Queer Youth Art Show, Spoken Futures
  • General Operating Support,  Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
  • EON Youth Program,  Thornhill Lopez Center of 4th SAAF
  • General Operating Support, Southern Arizona Senior Pride
  • 2018 Scholarships, PFLAG Tucson
  • Cultural Competency Training Using Project Visibility, Pima Council on Aging
  •  Mariposas Sin Fronteras
  • LGBTQ Programming for International Jewish Film Festival, Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • Camp Born This Way
  • Women, Trans and Femme Workshop, Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage (BICAS)
  • Litigation Support for detained LGBTQ+ Immigrants, Florence Immigration & Refugee Rights Project
  • Homeless Youth Services (Emergency Funding for LGBTQ Youth), Our Family Services
  • Mapping Q: Examining the Effectiveness of An Arts-Based Suicide Prevention Program for LGBTQ Youth, University of Arizona Museum of Art
  • IAMME Project: Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth in Pima County (Pueblo High School)
  • LGBTQ Senior Writing Workshop Casa Libre en la Solana
  • LGBTQ+  Amplified, KXCI

6-month progress report

Click here for guidelines to the LGBTQ+Alliance Fund 6-month Progress Report.

Submit this (electronic) report, which can be as short as a page, but no longer than three pages, as a single-file PDF attachment to an email to Laci Lester, the Program Manager, Initiatives, Community Investments at by November 30, 2018.


Final Report

Click here for guidelines to the LGBT&S Alliance Fund Final Report.

Submit this (electronic) report, which must be limited to two pages, as a single-file PDF document that includes a copy of your report, budget statement, and attachments.

Please label your PDF (organizationname_projectname2017-18.pdf) in an email to Laci Lester,
 by June 30, 2019

Who Qualifies?

We seek to fund a diversity of organizations, populations, programs and geographic areas. We encourage applications from rural areas. Organizations are required to have IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be under an umbrella of an organization with IRS 501(c)(3).

Grant History

For over 19 years, the Alliance Fund has been making grants to support LGBTQ programs and initiatives in Southern Arizona and, thanks to your generosity, we have awarded 182 grants to more than  64 organization totaling over $$809,597.


Interest Areas

The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund will make grants in the following four interest areas:

(Please note: the examples listed below are for illustrative purposes only. The Fund will give equal consideration to other programs that fall within at least one of the three interest areas.)

LGBTQ Community Building and Collaborations

Examples might include:
  • Projects that bring the LGBTQ community together and enhance it as a whole
  • Programs that work in collaboration with each other to benefit the LGBTQ community in southern Arizona
  • Work that creates equity, solidarity, increases the well-being of LGBTQ communities, and advances gender, racial, and economic justice

Transgender Issues

Examples might include:
  • Projects that provide information and assistance to help transgender individuals gain access to informed medical professionals
  • Projects that provide economic empowerment, education and training programs to/or regarding the transgender community
  • Programs to address substance abuse among LGBT people

Youth and Elder Issues

Examples might include:
  • Projects that aid LGBTQ elders in finding satisfactory basic support (housing, nutrition, health), in establishing good social networks, and in planning for the future (estate and end-of-life issues)
  • Projects that aid LGBTQ youth who are particularly disenfranchised, e.g., youth of color, rural youth, low-income youth, gender non-conforming or questioning youth, young women, and other youth in need of assistance in the areas of homelessness, education, human service, and safety

Organizations who mission/work is to solely support the LGBTQ Community in Southern Arizona may apply for general operating
support. This support can be applied to any aspect of their work.

Funding Restrictions


The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund does not provide grants for:

  • Individuals
  • Campaigns to elect public officials or influence legislation/lobbying
  • Capital fund drives
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events
  • Programs inconsistent with federal, state and local non-discrimination statutes regarding equal employment opportunities
  • Programs that promote religious activities (although faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for non-religious activities)
  • Programs outside of Southern Arizona