COVID-19 and the Bay Area LGBTQ Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community and the critical nonprofits that support it. Our 2020 survey of nonprofits makes clear that the pandemic has caused declines in revenue, among other challenges, for many Bay Area LGBTQ nonprofits.

But Horizons has been there from the start of the pandemic to support these organizations and will continue to be there as our community recovers.

When the pandemic hit, Horizons responded immediately.

In our initial response to the pandemic, Horizons awarded over $1 million in emergency grants to 71 Bay Area LGBTQ nonprofits and programs through our LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund.

A year later, Horizons' response continued.

In early 2021, Horizons convened LGBTQ grassroots leaders in the Bay Area for a panel discussion about how our community will rebuild and recover.

Recognizing the ongoing need, Horizons launched the LGBTQ Resilience and Recovery Fund to award additional grants to local LGBTQ nonprofits serving the most underserved segments of our community. The Fund has awarded a quarter million in grants to 18 Bay Area LGBTQ nonprofits.

We are not currently accepting new applications for COVID funding. Sign up to receive updates about future funding opportunities.

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Thank you to the many donors, donor advisors, and institutions that contributed to Horizons' COVID-19 response!

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Additional Resources

Horizons' Webinars and Virtual Discussions

External Resources

  • Philanthropy California lists response funds to help organizations serving the most vulnerable communities. This list is updated daily and can be filtered based on region and beneficiary.
  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues is maintaining a hub of resources that includes a listing of rapid-response funds and grassroots campaigns specifically focused on the needs of LGBTQ communities.
  • CompassPoint Nonprofit Services has compiled a list of resources specifically for Bay Area and California nonprofits.