Rapid Response Fund
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. ..
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.
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.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Area Served: Portland Metro Area/Northern Willamette Valley, OR
Populations Served: LGBTQ Immigrants/Refugees
- Funding be used for EMO’s program, Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR), which includes developing and facilitating 10 Know Your Rights events for 50 – 200 attendees (per event) throughout the Portland Metro Area and Northern Willamette Valley, and SOAR legal staff to provide immigrants and refugees with legal information on individual rights and safely planning for families who may facing the deportation of a family member.
Q Youth Resources
Area Served: Kitsap County, WA
Populations Served: Transgender/Trans, Gender Queer, and/or Gender Diverse Communities; LGBTQ Youth; Rural
- Funding will be used for QYR to lead the work of Washington SAFE Alliance public education campaign in Kitsap County, and to help form diverse coalitions in the county to host organizing workshops, town halls, and other public meeting opportunities to provide education about how the initiative would impact the transgender and gender non-conforming community.
Northwest Youth Services (NYS)
Area Served: Whatcom County, WA
Populations Served: LGBTQ Youth; Homeless, Rural
- Funding will be used to add additional staff hours for the Queer Youth Project Coordinator to develop community organizing efforts in response to incidents of hate and violence and to provide trainings to community service providers, schools, and other community members when incidents occur.
Area Served: King County, WA
Populations Served: People of color; Immigrants/Refugees; Transgender/Trans, Gender Queer and/or Gender Diverse Communities
- Funding will be used for a project to address organizational safety planning that will benefit clients, staff, the organization as a whole and our community partners.
The Montana Racial Equity Project
Area Served: Bozeman, MT
Populations Served: LGBTQ; Rural; People of color; Transgender/Trans, Gender Queer and/or Gender Diverse Communities
- Funding will be used for ‘Bozeman Open To All Business Initiative’ – a multi-faceted, business-driven project which aims to build visibility for the LGBTQ community to both patrons and employees who may be living and visiting the community.