Horizons-Dorian Loan Fund

The Horizons-Dorian Loan Fund offers low-interest loans to LGBTQ-serving organizations in the nine counties of the SF Bay Area. Horizons is grateful to the Dorian Fund and to its trustee, Chris Kollaja, for their generous support of this fund.

The Horizons-Dorian Loan Fund serves to support organizations facing special circumstances, with low-interest loans ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

Examples of Use

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Address unexpected organizational emergencies (e.g., the boiler breaks in your building)

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Merger or closure

Assist with an orderly merger and/or closure

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Outside support

Hire outside support to help address financial challenges

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Funding Gap

Close a funding gap for a specific project or while waiting for a committed grant, not to cover ordinary operating losses


  • You must have a strong mission focus on advocating for and/or serving the SF Bay Area’s LGBTQ community
  • You must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in and/or significantly serving the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma
  • You need to show ability to repay the loan. Collateral is not required.
  • Your organization needs to have been in operation for a minimum of three years
  • Please note that if your organization has a fiscal sponsor, then the fiscal sponsor must submit the loan application

Application Process


First, read our FAQ to learn more. Contact us at loans [at] horizonsfoundation.org if you have questions or would simply like to talk through your situation to see whether the loan fund is a good fit for your organization’s needs.

Download the. application, and watch the video to guide you through the application process.

2. complete attachments and Submit application

Complete your cashflow statement. Watch this video to learn how to complete the cashflow statement.

Sign a Nondiscrimination Form.

Email the completed attachments to loans [at] horizonsfoundation.org, making sure to include all attachments described in the application. 

3. Application review and notification

You will be notified about the outcome of your loan application within four weeks of your application submission. If your situation requires more urgent attention, please let us know, and we will make every effort to accommodate.