Pride Foundation has created a Rapid Response Fund to counter the renewed threats at both local and national levels against the hard-fought legal, economic, and cultural advances our communities have made.

These discriminatory efforts have consequences that reach far beyond their immediate legal ramifications. They impact the mental health and psychological well-being of the people in our communities who are being targeted. They embolden people to actively discriminate, and the outcome can be hate-filled and violent. Fundamentally, they undermine our humanity and our worth, and strip us of our ability to be treated with dignity.

This Fund will ensure that groups on the ground responding to emerging developments have the critical resources that will be needed to come together and protect one another in the coming days, months, and years.

Quick and timely grants will be awarded from the Fund and will support things like:

  • Community organizing efforts in response to incidents of hate and violence
  • Legal and “know-your rights” clinics for transgender people and LGBTQ immigrants
  • Safety and security planning for movement leaders
  • Mental health and other services for LGBTQ people in crisis, and trainings for providers to offer more culturally-responsive services

Please make an investment in the Rapid Respond Fund so that we can continue building and strengthening the movement for justice and equality across the Northwest.


If your organization is engaged in response efforts, please visit our Rapid Response Fund application page to find out more about funding opportunities.

 

Rapid Response grants, supported by generous contributions from our community of donors, have been awarded to the following organizations:

  • The Community Center
    Area Served: Twin Falls, ID
    Populations Served: LGBTQ Immigrants, rural

    Funding will be used to conduct a citizenship day event on April 1, 2017, providing support and resources for outreach and application fees for LGBTQ identified immigrants.
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  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
    Area Served: Washington & Oregon
    Populations Served: LGBTQ Immigrants, LGBTQ POC (US Citizens), LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islanders

    Funding will be used for the organizer training schedule for March 18, 2017, travel support for attendees from Portland; ongoing support technical assistance and follow up, and for the supportive legal referral network.
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  • Human Dignity Coalition
    Area Served: Deschutes County, Oregon
    Populations Served: Transgender, rural

    Funding will be used to support identification clinics in 3 rural communities over the next 3-6 months. Each ID clinics will have assistance from Legal Aid for changing drivers licenses, passports and birth certificates and to cover filing fees for low income trans men, trans women and/or trans children if needed.