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Grant Programs
Horizons Foundation offers a diverse range of grant opportunities to support the LGBT community:
  • Community Issues Grants
    Horizons' Community Issues grants support organizations or projects serving LGBT people of all ages in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
  • HIV/AIDS Community Grants
    This program, which Horizons administered in partnership with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for over a decade, has returned to SFAF as one of their in-house grantmaking programs. It was our honor to be entrusted with the HIV/AIDS Community Grants from 1999-2009, and we are thrilled that SFAF will continue to provide much-needed resources to the organizations and programs dedicated to ending the pandemic. Learn more about past HIV/AIDS Community Grants...

  • Intentional Change Fund
    The Intentional Change Fund aims to help LGBT nonprofits restructure in the face of the severe and continuing impact of the recession. Grants will go to organizations exploring ways to reduce costs and strengthen programs through mergers, acquisitions, the sharing of "back-office" functions, and other means.

  • LGBT WISE: Working to Increase Services for Elders
    LGBT WISE is a landmark program to increase the capacity of LGBT organizations in the Bay Area to provide services to LGBT elders, a population that is critically underserved - and growing.

  • POCIBLE: People of Color Initiative to Build Leadership and Effectiveness
    To help a core of people of color LGBT organizations and individuals develop the capacity to play sustaining leadership roles in the LGBT community, Horizons has made investing in this area one of our grantmaking priorities, particularly through this new program, POCIBLE: People of Color Initiative to Build Leadership and Effectiveness. This program also includes the Rickey Williams Fellowships, which recognize and support emerging LGBT leaders from communities of color.

  • People of Color Creating Equality (POCCE)
    As the struggle for marriage equality has unfolded in California, it is almost universally agreed that substantial work needs to be done to build bridges and support for same-sex marriage in communities of color. The goals of POCCE are to increase understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and strategies to do so; to encourage and support communities of color in defining the strategies most likely to be effective in their respective communities; and to support the implementation of these strategies through grants to nonprofits best situated to carry them out.

  • Scholarships
    Horizons is home to several scholarships focused on the supporting and raising the visibility of the LGBT community, including GAPA's George Choy Memorial Scholarship, Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship, Markowski-Leach Scholarship, Juan Marquez Scholarship, Pride Law Fund's Thomas H. Steel Fellowship, and Joseph Towner Scholarship for Gay and Lesbian Families.

  • Field of Interest Funds
    Horizons has created several field of interest funds that bring together donors around particular topics and generate new resources for LGBT organizations and projects. These funds include the Civil Marriage Collaborative Donor Circle and the Fund for Advocacy and Political Initiatives.

Horizons also manages and advises the grantmaking of donor-advised and other named funds. We encourage LGBT organizations to submit copies of proposals prepared for other funders that we can forward to donor advisors for review, as appropriate.

If you're interested in opening a donor-advised fund at Horizons, please contact Deb Stallings, Director of Development and Gift Planning, at 415.398.2333 x103 or dstallings [at] horizonsfoundation [dot] org.