LGBT+ Futures Fund

Consortium is pleased to announce the launch of LGBT+ Futures Fund small grants programme to support LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+) voluntary and community organisations across England. 

The first round of Grants Applications is now closed. The second round will open to applications on 3rd May.

In Round 1 we received applications requesting over £900,000, more than four times the £200,000 we had available to distribute. In Round 2 we will again have £200,000 to distribute and expect to receive far more applications than we are able to fund and for the round to be highly competitive. This is testament to the strong, vibrant and diverse LGBT+ sector in England, but also means that making an application does not guarantee funding. 

Background

Consortium is working with the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to setup, manage and distribute small grants to LGBT+ organisations across England. The funding available will look to fund locally based interventions that support and increase the visibility of diverse LGBT+ people & communities, those focussed on sustainability, and those that address the findings of the GEO's National LGBT Survey. This small grants programme will run between Feb 2019 and Mar 2020. 

Alongside our small grants programme we will also run a free Skills Development and Training programme, in partnership with some of our Members, for LGBT+ organisations so they can build new skills, knowledge and expertise to help their organisation become more sustainable for the future. This programme will be open to both applicants and non-applicants and those organisations who don't feel quite ready to put in an application can seek 1:1 support and access a range of resources to get 'fit for funding'. 

What We Will Fund

  • Interventions that support and increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, addressing the findings from the GEO's National LGBT Survey
  • LGBT+ organisations who are working to become more sustainable and looking to strengthen their organisation strategically
  • LGBT+ organisations with creative solutions to reach and include more marginalised and underrrepresented LGBT+ people and communities across their organisations
  • LGBT+ organisations who are looking to collaborate on an idea to help strengthen their organisations and the LGBT+ sector
  • Applications from LGBT+ youth and Pride organisations are especially welcome. Please note: we will not pay recurring costs e.g. general Pride event costs, we want to see new element which fit the criteria of the Fund. 

Types of Grants

There will be three types of grants made through this programme:

  • Events 
  • Projects
  • Organisational Sustainability

We will expect funding requests to be relative to the size of the organisation and the funding proposals. 

Who We Will Fund

  • Any non-profit organisation whose primary focus is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) communities is welcome to apply. We recognise that some organisations will only focus on part of those communities. 
  • Organisations must have some form of governance structure
  • Applicants need not be a Member of Consortium
  • Applicants will be required to have good governance and finance practice in place

Important Dates

Grants Round 2

  • Applications open: Friday 3rd May
  • Close: Friday 31 May at 5pm
  • Applicants Informed of decision: Late June
  • Project can start: mid-July

 

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