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For Grantseekers

Horizons Foundation's grantmaking has always charted the changing priorities of our community. Our funding has made seed grants to new and innovative programs - projects that could not get funding elsewhere - as well as provided consistent, much-needed support to key organizations serving our community. Since our inception in 1980, Horizons has made more than 2,500 grants, including:

  • In 1982, we made the first foundation AIDS grants in the country. One of the recipients went on to become the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, one of the first and largest AIDS service organizations in the world.
  • Horizons gave one of the first grants to the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the foremost legal advocate for the legal rights of lesbians.
  • We gave Project Open Hand their first grant in 1985, helping founder Ruth Brinker begin fundraising efforts that today allow POH to prepare and deliver approximately 475,000 meals per year.
  • A seed grant in 1982 for the Gay Olympic Games, beginning an international community tradition event which came to be known as "The Gay Games."
  • We've supported dozens of landmark LGBT films, including The Times of Harvey Milk; Brother Outsider: The Story of Bayard Rustin; No Secret Anymore; Scout's Honor; and The Cockettes.
  • Grants from our Gwen Araujo Memorial Fund for Transgender Education have helped create school programs to promote understanding of transgender lives and issues.
  • Our LGBT WISE: Working to Improve Services to Elders grants bring critical resources to this underserved - and growing - population.