COVID-19 and the Bay Area LGBTQ Community

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges throughout the SF Bay Area and the nation, as well as in the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community.

These challenges come in the form of threats to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people living in the nine Bay Area counties, including those most at risk for COVID-19-related illness. The pandemic and related economic shutdowns also threaten to overwhelm the capacity of critical LGBTQ community nonprofits, as well as pose near- and long-term financial hardship.

We are community. And at Horizons, we will continue to be in community with you throughout this crisis and far beyond.

Horizons is making available $275,000 in immediate funding for LGBTQ organizations through our LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund. 

Horizons is contributing $200,000, and supporters have already contributed an additional $75,000 and counting. Will you contribute and help us provide even more emergency grants? 100% of contributions go to the community.

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Horizons seeks to advance two major goals through this Fund: 

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COVID-19 Response

To help Bay Area LGBTQ nonprofit organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to support individuals, couples, and families impacted by the pandemic and those in vulnerable and underserved parts of the community.

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infrastructure Support

To help maintain our community’s critical nonprofit and service infrastructure by providing immediate financial support to LGBTQ organizations that play especially critical roles in that infrastructure.


To be eligible for an LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund grant, your organization must:

  • Be a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, or provide documentation that the organization is fiscally sponsored by an organization that has 501(c)(3) status
  • Be an LGBTQ-primary organization (defined as an organization whose mission includes the LGBTQ population as a primary focus of the work; whose staff and board predominantly reflect the LGBTQ community; and which primarily serves LGBTQ people)
  • Request support for an organization within one or more of these counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma
  • Address all sections of the application

Please note that Horizons cannot make grants directly to individuals.

If you are not eligible to apply for this grant, nonprofits can sign up to receive updates about future funding opportunities.

Awards and Timeline

Grants will range from $2,500 to $20,000. All grants are in the form of unrestricted operating support.

Horizons will begin accepting electronic applications on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Only electronic applications can be accepted.

Horizons will review applications and make grant decisions beginning Friday, April 3. Funding decisions and release of funds will take place within 14 days after Horizons begins review of applications. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after April 3 as long as funds are available.


This is a simplified application form that is intended to impose as little burden on over-stretched nonprofits as possible, while still providing you a chance to share information with us. Our goal is for the application to take you 60 minutes or less to complete. Please note that funding limitations mean that Horizons will be able to fund only a portion of applications submitted.

General Focus Areas

Horizons seeks to support LGBTQ-primary organizations that directly serve substantial numbers of
LGBTQ people at-risk for COVID-19, especially vulnerable and frequently underserved populations. We seek to support LGBTQ-primary organizations that play especially central roles in specific geographical areas of the SF
Bay Area (e.g., a community center serving a specific county or area).

Horizons has established two overall focus areas for the LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund:

COVID-19-responsive programming

LGBTQ-primary organizations engaged in specific COVID-19-responsive programming, including (but not
limited to):

  • Supporting low-wage LGBTQ workers
  • Reducing social isolation, especially among LGBTQ seniors
  • Reducing food and/or housing insecurity among LGBTQ individuals

Critical near-term Organizational financial need

LGBTQ-primary organizations that are experiencing clear and critical near-term financial challenges due to the
COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware that every LGBTQ organization has concerns about funding at this time. This focus area is not, however, intended to respond to more general future funding concerns.


If you have any questions, please contact us at grants [at]

Horizons joined dozens of LGBTQ organizations across the country in signing an open letter advocating for attention to the needs of LGBTQ people at higher risk.

  • Provide Support

  • Find Support

1. Make a donation to our LGBTBQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund. Horizons will contribute $200,000 in emergency grants to Bay Area LGBTQ organizations, but your support will allow us to increase our grantmaking during this crisis. 100% of contributions will go to the community.

2. Sign up to volunteer. The San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives and TurnOut are both coordinating volunteers to provide support for LGBTQ folks in need.

3. Follow public-health guidelines from the CDC. It's up to all of us to help prevent the spread of this virus, especially to protect the most vulnerable.