LOIs are exclusively accepted via our online form. Your LOI can be completed over time. Please do not submit materials until they are complete and you have reviewed them. At the bottom of the online form, there is an option to save a draft of your work, which will allow you to return to it at a later time without submitting. Once you hit “Submit Form” you will not be allowed to make any changes.
All LOIs are reviewed in committee and invitations to participate in the full application process are extended thereafter.
The LOI application is due no later than Thursday, July 25, 2013 at (9:00pm MST/8:00pm PST /7:00pm AKST). The application will be closed simultaneously in all regions. Please note the cutoff for your particular time zone.
Please review our grant guidelines prior to submitting your LOI.
Letter of Intent (LOI) FAQ
Q: What kinds of budget information should we include if we’re applying for general operations funding? Should we include a line-by-line breakdown of our budget?
A: The LOI should be most focused on goals and vision. If your organization is invited to submit the full application, additional details may be required.
Q: How do we describe the demographics that we serve, without being too inclusive or exclusive? Should we acknowledge all populations affected by our work, or should we only indicate the groups that we directly aim to serve?
Example: Our organization provides support for anyone who seeks it, but we mainly serve folks with HIV/AIDS. Do we check the boxes for demographics that we serve but our outside our targeted programming?
A: If you are seeking funding for general operations, indicate the demographics that accurately portray your organization’s mission.
Example: If you serve all LGBTQ adults, then check that box, no need to check all the boxes; we understand you serve ALL LGBTQ adults. If you are seeking funding for a program or project that is specifically tailored for a certain group, please indicate that group, such LGBT people of color, specifically Latino/a.
Q: If the location(s) of our services are different from the location of our office, which should we indicate on the LOI?
Example: We organize camping trips and outdoor adventures for LGBTQ adults. Though our central office is in an urban location, the trips take place in a variety of locations and the campers are from all over the Northwest.
A: Indicate all locations that apply.
Q: We provide for a diverse population, and do not want to assume anyone’s identity. How do we ask the young people we serve to self-identify, so we can figure out who we are serving?
A: Intake forms are helpful for this. There are ways to create safe spaces for your constituency to self-identify so you can gather data. Data not only informs funding decisions when you apply for grants, but can aid in collaboration with other organizations that could also assist the populations you serve.
Q: Do we fill out demographic information for groups we reach through other services?
Example: We provide training to healthcare professionals on transgender health. Since the trainings will indirectly affect transgender folks, does that count as one of our demographics served?
A: Yes, if your efforts are specifically aimed and you are making a direct impact. Make sure to explain and elaborate on how you make that impact.
Q: One question on the LOI asks how we will know if we have made a difference. For organizations that are not intake-based and cannot afford data-tracking services, how is it possible to answer this question comprehensively?
Example: Our radio station features programming tailored to LGBTQ youth, but since we don’t do any intake, we don’t know how many people are directly benefitting from it. How can we tell if we’re making a difference?
A: Your organization can use anecdotal stories from the community, and use social media tools such as Facebook and comments on your webpage to look at reactions to and results of your work. Are people interested, excited, and inspired by your organization’s work?
Q: Our organization/program operates under a fiscal sponsor that has non-profit status. Which should we apply as on the LOI?
A: Register and apply as your own organization/program, and use the fiscal information (such as EIN) of the fiscal sponsor.
Q: We serve both urban and rural populations. Which demographic do we indicate?
A: Please check both boxes.
Q: Are you looking to exclusively fund projects directly aimed at the LGBTQ community, or would projects involving outreach about the LGBTQ community be considered as well?
A: Pride Foundation is interested in projects that make the greatest impact, whether they involve direct service or outreach about the LGBTQ community. For example, Pride Foundation would be interested in a project that reduces homophobia through community education or makes programs more accessible to LGBTQ people, but not in a project that addresses the general population with the assumption that LGBTQ community will be reached through it.
Q: Does Pride Foundation currently prioritize funding toward LGBTQ-specific organizations only?
A: No, Pride Foundation is interested in projects that will make the biggest impact for LGBTQ communities and/or those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Q: My organization has received a Pride Foundation grant in the past; will that affect my chances to receive funding if I apply this year?
A: The review committee may look at your past grant history, but the committee will be most interested in the impact of the work reflected in your current LOI.
Q: Are there specific amounts of funding available for different kinds of projects?
A: Pride Foundation does not set aside specific dollar amounts for different project categories. However, regional granting dollars are specifically allocated to supporting local projects and organizations in corresponding areas.
Q: What is the average award amount for organizations that receive funding?
A: The average award amount is between $1,000 and $5,000 (which is the maximum amount available), depending on the availability of regional granting dollars.
For general questions, please contact Gunner Scott, Director of Programs via email or call 800-735-7287. If at any time during your application, you need support or have questions concerning your geographic region, please contact our Regional Development Organizers in:
Alaska – email or call Josh: 907-249-6628
Idaho – email or call Steve: 208-914-0442
Montana – email or call Gunner: 206.323.3318×12
Oregon – email or call Jett: 541-603-8626
Washington – email or call Gunner: 206.323.3318×12