Out in the South Fund

Now accepting 2018 Request for Proposals!

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To assist potential applicants and answer any questions, we will be hosting two informational calls. One on August 9th at 7PM ET and one on August 13th at 4PM ET. Register here to join us on August 9th or register here to join us on August 13th.

About the Out in the South Fund

The Out in the South Fund is a collaborative fund devoted to increasing funding for LGBTQ communities in the South over the long term. The Fund is based on the following guiding principles:

  • Funding for the needs and dreams of LGBTQ communities in the South is best led by LGBTQ Southerners;
  • Building and organizing local communities of LGBTQ and allied donors is the most effective way to build sustainable resources for LGBTQ communities in the South; and
  • Advancing social change for LGBTQ communities in the South requires strong locally rooted community-based organizations with the capacity to advance cultural change, advocate for more equitable policies, and deliver effective services to improve the lives of LGBTQ Southerners.

The Out in the South Fund provides support for local funds in the form of planning grants, matching grants, and training and technical assistance.

2017 Grantees

Below is a list of the local funds receiving support in the Out in the South Fund’s second round of grants, awarded in the summer of 2017:

$50,000
Regional/Tennessee
The Appalachian Community Fund’s GLBTQ Initiative
to support planning for the expansion of an LGBTQ fund serving rural Appalachia (TN, KY, VA, WV).
$50,000
Regional
Campaign for Southern Equality’s Southern Equality Fund
to provide matching grant funds for the Southern Equality Fund, which supports Southern LGBTQ grassroots organizing efforts.
$40,000
Florida
Contigo Fund
to support planning for donor development for the newly established, community-driven fund established in response to the Pulse massacre.
$50,000
Louisiana
Foundation for Louisiana
to provide matching grants for a developing collaborative fund in Louisiana to support state-wide LGBTQ organizing.
$25,000
Florida
HIV-AIDS Fund at Our Fund to support planning for a developing fund to address the HIV-AIDS epidemic in Southern Florida in partnership with community-based-organizations and led by impacted communities.
$40,000
Florida
The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida
to support planning for a community needs assessment and strategic planning for the fund.
$40,000
Alabama
The LGBTQ Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
to provide matching funds in support of this 3 year old LGBTQ fund in Birmingham.
$25,000
South Carolina
LGBT Fund at The Spartanburg County Foundation 
to provide matching funds in support of newly established LGBT fund in Spartanburg.
$50,000
Mississippi
LGBT Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to provide support for a statewide community assessment to inform funding strategies for a newly established fund in Mississippi.
$25,000
Georgia
The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta’s Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle 
to provide matching dollars for this Black LGBTQ giving circle focused on LGBTQ youth in Atlanta.
$40,000
Florida
The OUT Miami Foundation
to provide matching funds in support of LGBTQ foundation focused on engaging young donors of color in Miami.
$30,000
North Carolina/South Carolina
Queer Mobilization Fund @ Southern Vision Alliance 
to support planning for expansion of existing fund supporting primarily grassroots organizing in LGBTQ communities of color in North Carolina. 
$40,000
Texas
Texas Pride Impact Funds 
to provide matching funds for newly established LGBTQ fund in Texas informed by a needs assessment supported during first year of grantmaking.

Special thanks to the funding and collaboration of several national and Southern funders, who make the Out in the South Fund possible:

 

2016 Grantees

Below is a list of the local funds receiving support in the Out in the South Fund’s first round of grants, awarded in the summer of 2016:

$50,000
Tennessee/Regional
The Appalachian Community Fund’s GLBTQ Initiative
will partner with community-based organizations to expand an LGBTQ fund serving rural Appalachia (Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia) with a focus on engaging young people.
$50,000
Regional
Campaign for Southern Equality’s Southern Equality Fund
will hone its strategy to provide support and capacity building for grassroots LGBTQ work across the South.
$49,800
Louisiana
Foundation for Louisiana
will bring together Louisiana-based funders and LGBTQ advocates in the state to identify funding strategies that will build the capacity of LGBTQ communities across the state.
$50,000
Louisiana
The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s LGBT Fund
, a newly established LGBT fund, will receive a matching grant that will increase resources available to local LGBTQ organizations in New Orleans.
$49,000
Kentucky
JustFundKY
, a long-standing LGBTQ fund in Kentucky, will develop a strategy for planned giving to increase support for LGBTQ organizations across the state.
$50,000
Florida
The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida
will receive a matching grant to build its donor base and increase resources for LGBTQ organizations in Jacksonville.
$50,000
Alabama
The LGBTQ Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
will build on a recently completed community needs assessment to develop its donor base and grantmaking strategies to support LGBTQ organizations in the Birmingham area.
$50,000
Georgia
The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta’s Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle
, the region’s only giving circle developing Black donors, will receive a matching grant to support the work of LGBTQ organizations in Atlanta.
$30,000
Florida
The OUT Miami Foundation
will increase its capacity to cultivate young people of color as donors and supporters of LGBTQ organizations in Miami.
$50,000
Georgia/Regional
Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
will explore the most effective structure for a potential new fund to support grassroots organizing in LGBTQ communities of color in the South.
$50,000
Texas
Texas Pride Impact Funds
, a newly established fund, will conduct a needs assessment to inform the development of its grantmaking priorities aimed at supporting LGBTQ organizations in Texas.

Special thanks to the funding and collaboration of several national and Southern funders, who make the Out in the South Fund possible:

For questions about the Out in the South Fund or information about the next request for proposals forthcoming, please contact Out in the South Director Chantelle Fisher-Borne at chantelle@lgbtfunders.org or (919)260-2189.

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