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. This Fund will ensure that groups and organizations on the ground responding to this new era have the support they need to lead the work that will protect our friends, families, and our communities.

Quick and timely grants will be awarded from the Rapid Response Fund for groups across the Northwest who are organizing responses as needs continue to emerge in their home communities.

People interested in making an investment in the Rapid Respond Fund to continue building and strengthening the movement for justice and equality across the Northwest can do so at our Rapid Response Fund page.


Examples of Projects the Rapid Response Fund will support:

  • Actions, strategies, and/or timely projects using public education, mobilization, advocacy, legal action, and/or policy for grassroots and community LGBTQ and allied groups to respond to timely and emerging threats through organizing, coalition building, and coordinating unified responses to situations such as Neo-Nazi/KKK/White Supremacy Marches; Anti-LGBTQ Marches; incidents of Hate/Bias Violence towards individuals and/or groups because of actual or perceived race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, or mental, physical or sensory disability.
  • Safety and security planning for LGBTQ movement leaders including spokespeople involved in public education campaigns, visible leaders of community organizing movements, and at organizations leading this work who come under public threat for speaking out against hate and violence.
  • Legal support for LGBTQ or allied legal organizations, transgender-led groups, and/or immigrant rights groups that provide direct support to LGBTQ people, and/or LGBT organizations to:
    • Organize legal clinics, “know-your-rights” trainings, identity document clinics, and legal forums for transgender and LGBTQ immigrants—particularly in rural and remote locations where there currently are few, if any, civil and legal aid resources.
    • Provide direct financial support for low-income or no-income LGBTQ people related to filing fees and legal representation.
  • Crisis Support for the development or expansion of critical and culturally-responsive short term mental health services for LGBTQ clients in crisis, due to perceived or actual hate/bias violence, acts of intimidation, anti-immigrant, racially-motivated, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslimism, and/or homo/bi/trans phobic threats, policies, practices, or legislation.



General Process:

  • We will be evaluating applications from LGBTQ-focused or allied organizations on a rolling basis. Our goal is to review applications and have decisions no later than 30 days after submission, but with a goal of responding within 10-14 days.
  • We anticipate making grants in the range of $500-$5,000. Please keep in mind that, at this point, we have a total of $25,000 to award across the region.
  • This Fund is intended for time sensitive or critical activities and responses that either expand current programming to meet a growing need or are new projects being developed in response to emerging needs.
  • This Fund is in addition to our annual Community Grants Program cycle, and applicants and grantees for this Fund are still eligible to apply for Pride Foundation’s Community Grants 2017 cycle, which will open in May.
  • Organizations or projects with budgets over $500,000 or that do not clearly fall within the fund priorities listed above should contact the Director of Programs before applying.
  • Please email Gunner Scott, Director of Programs, at with any questions about your project or eligibility, or if the critical response/need is within the next 14 days.

General Requirements:

  • Organizations or projects must operate within one or more of the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and/or Washington.
  • Applicant projects or organizations must have 501(c)3 non-profit tax status or be affiliated with an organization that has 501(c)3 tax status that will assume fiscal responsibility for all funds received and expended.
  • Organizations can only apply for one Rapid Response Grant within a 6 month period.
  • Activities/projects must take place within the next 1–6 months.
  • Organizations that receive grants must submit a short written update at the completion of the project.
  • Pride Foundation does not provide multi-year funding commitments. Applicants are welcome to apply annually.

What we will not fund through the Rapid Response Fund:

  • Requests from individuals
  • Fundraising or recognition events
  • Regularly scheduled or previously planned community events, arts/cultural/film performances, or theater productions
  • Endowments or capital campaigns
  • National organizations or local affiliates, except programs developed at the local level and specific to local needs
  • Academic research grants
  • Filmmaking or post-production

To join learn more about the Rapid Response Fund Grant Application please contact Gunner Scott at


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