Funding Process

The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund focuses on grassroots organizations doing campaign work in the U.S. South. At this time, we fund in the states of Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. We are committed to supporting the activism and advocacy of organizations in the South and do not plan on changing our regional focus.

RJF does not have an open application process at this time and cannot respond to unsolicited proposals. With the help of grantees and community members in the Southeast, as well as national partners and funders, we identify and reach out to organizations from whom we may solicit yearly proposals.

If you would like to let the Racial Justice Fund know about an organization doing community organizing by and for low-income LGBTQ people of color in the Southeast, please email RJF staff cannot respond to all such emails and inquiries.

In the first year of the Racial Justice Fund’s existence, the following criteria was used to assess letters of inquiry:

BASELINE CRITERIA.  All applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for funding:

Proposed work centers around effecting change for LGBTQ people of color communities:  Seeks to eliminate oppression through systemic change, and address the root causes of injustice for LGBTQ people of color communities, including gender-based discrimination.

  • Primary strategy is campaigns that will make measurable structural, policy or cultural change: The work must build the power and leadership of its constituents, be aimed at measurably affecting root causes of oppression or marginalization, and be directed at impacting policies, practices, and/or cultural norms affecting community members.  Particular attention will be paid to campaigns aimed toward the priority issue areas (listed below).
  • Articulates a compelling power analysis
  • Geographic Scope: Projects will be considered for the pilot round of funding in the Southeast US.1
  • Issue Areas: For this pilot round of funding, work in the following issue areas will be considered: Immigration, civic participation, police accountability/security/criminal justice, educational equity, health equity and ensuring safe and meaningful access to core public institutions for LGBTQ people of color.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PRIORITIES.  The following are additional factors that the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund considers when reviewing applications and making funding decisions:

  • Based in the area where the work will happen or (at a minimum) working with existing strong partnerships in the geographic region.
  • Based in areas with large people of color populations.
  • Analysis of how gender norms & gender identity inform your work
  • Organizations/projects with least access to traditional/mainstream funding.
  • Organizations/projects with clear structures, processes, and mechanisms for accountability to communities being organized/served.
  • Measurable, strategic and timely impact of grant to organization/project’s success


1. Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.