Horizons Foundation offers a diverse range of grant opportunities to support the LGBTQ community and other causes consistent with our mission. Horizons’ portfolio of grant programs is dynamic, as new programs are continually developed to bring resources to specific issues. If you do not see a current funding opportunity for your nonprofit’s work in this section, you may want to return to this site in the future, as new opportunities will appear as they become available. If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact Francisco O. Buchting, Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Strategic Initiatives, at (415) 398.2333, ext. 116 or [email protected].
Current Funding Programs
Community Issues grants
Horizons’ original Community Issues grantmaking program continues today. The annual Community Issues process supports organizations or projects serving LGBTQ people in the nine Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Most community Issues grants support general operating costs for LGBTQ-specific nonprofits working on a wide array of issues with multiple populations within the LGBTQ community. Community Issues grants also support non LGBTQ-specific nonprofits on their LGBTQ-specific projects.
The annual Request for Proposals (RFP) for Community Issues grants is usually posted in July of each year, with applications due in August. Applications are reviewed by both Horizons’ staff and by a carefully selected panel of community members. The foundation’s board makes decisions on grants in later fall, and grants are issued before year-end.
The 2017 Community Issues grants Request for Proposals has closed.
You can access the 2017 Request for Proposals here»
Horizons-Dorian Loan fund
Horizons is proud to expand our financial support beyond grantmaking with a new way to serve your organization: the Horizons-Dorian Loan Fund. This fund offers low-interest loans ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to help organizations that are facing special circumstances like emergencies, delays in receipt of committed grant funds, mergers, or closures. In some situations, loans may be available for retaining necessary financial expertise. Learn more.
Global Faith and Equality Fund
Grants from our Global Faith and Equality Fund amplify the voices of LGBTQ Christians and their allies around the world. The fund is currently focused on supporting efforts to stem the exportation of religious-based homophobia from the United States to other parts of the world. Proposals are accepted on an invitation basis only, and unsolicited proposals are not considered for funding. If you wish to talk about a possible grant proposal, please contact Francisco O. Buchting, Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Strategic Initiatives, at (415) 398.2333, ext. 116 or [email protected].
Coming Home Fund
Horizons is proud to be the home to the Coming Home Fund, which supports organizations and/or projects that serve LGBTQ elders in San Francisco. Grants have gone to provide direct services, support specific and needed staffing, and educate providers of elder services about LGBTQ issues and LGBTQ elders. Application is by invitation.
Horizons is home to more than 90 Donor-Advised Funds, which are established by individuals, couples, or families who retain the privilege of recommending grants from the funds they establish. Learn more about a Donor-Advised Fund.
While it is not possible to apply directly to a donor who maintains a Donor-Advised Fund at Horizons, Horizons staff maintains regular communication with donors advisors about potential funding opportunities, especially when we can identify a specific fit between a donor’s philanthropic interests and the work of a particular nonprofit organization. This kind of connection is necessarily limited to carefully selected instances where Horizons staff believes that a match may exist. If you wish to talk about a possible grant proposal, please contact Francisco O. Buchting, Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Strategic Initiatives, at (415) 398.2333, ext. 116 or [email protected].
Horizons is proud to be home to several scholarships focused on supporting and raising the visibility of the LGBTQ community. These include:
GAPA's George Choy Memorial Scholarship
Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund
Markowski-Leach Scholarship Fund
Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship
Joseph Towner Fund for Gay and Lesbian Families
New Road Scholarship
Field of Interest Funds
Field of Interest Funds bring together donors around particular topics and generate new resources for LGBTQ organizations and projects. Past Field of Interest Funds have included the Gwen Araujo Memorial Fund for Transgender Education, the Fund for Advocacy and Political Initiatives, and the LGBT Film Funding Initiative Grants. Currently, Horizons is home to two Field of Interest Funds:
- The Civil Marriage Donor Circle brings together an array of individual donors who contribute a minimum of $5,000 to a common pooled fund to support marriage-equality work across the country. Participants have the opportunity to learn about and discuss marriage strategy with many of the movement’s national and regional leaders. Grants from the donor circle support the national Civil Marriage Funding Collaborative, which is housed at the Proteus Fund.
- Red Envelope Giving Circle (REGC) is committed to creating positive social change in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area through philanthropic support to Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ-led projects to improve the lives of API LGBTQ people and communities.
If you wish to talk about a possible grant proposal, please contact Francisco O. Buchting, Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Strategic Initiatives, at (415) 398.2333, ext. 116 or [email protected]
Past funding programs
Learn more about the grant programs offered by Horizons in recent years.