LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program

Horizons seeks to support LGBTQ donor engagement opportunities of large LGBTQ-primary organizations (annual budget over $1 million) based within the nine counties of the SF Bay Area. With a maximum award of $5,000, the LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program exists to support annual fundraising events(s), but if an organization does not have an annual fundraising event, it may be eligible for efforts that engage donors through alternative events (e.g., house parties, annual donor thank-you events, etc.). 

This program is not currently accepting applications due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has plans to resume in the future. Sign up to receive updates about future funding opportunities. 

The LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program is open to organizations with budgets over $1 million, as well as organizations with smaller budgets in special anniversary years.

Evaluation Criteria

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Engage the LGBTQ community in alignment with Horizons' mission.

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Use intentional strategies to increase giving.

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Be appropriately inclusive of the LGBTQ community in your work.

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Have goals and a plan for measuring success.


  • 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
  • Have a home office based in the nine counties of the SF Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma)
  • Be either an LGBTQ-primary organization with an annual budget over $1 million (LGBTQ-primary is defined as an organization whose mission includes the LGBTQ population as the primary focus of the work; whose staff and board predominantly reflect the LGBTQ community; and which primarily serves LGBTQ people) or an LGBTQ-primary organization with a budget under $1 million that is celebrating a special anniversary year (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc.). Please contact us at grants [at] before submitting an application for a special anniversary celebration.
  • Host the event within one or more of the nine counties of the SF Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma)
  • Have submitted a final report and financial accounting for any past Horizons Foundation grant(s) that are due

Proposal Process

1. REad guidelines and Download application

Read our guidelines for full eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria. Save the application as "“insert your organization name Sponsorship Application" (e.g. “LGBTQ Inc Sponsorship Application).

2. Complete Proposal

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader, not Apple's Preview application, to open the application. Click "Highlight Existing Fields" to see the text boxes for entering the necessary information. Save the application once it is complete. You do not have to complete the proposal all at once — you may save the application and return to it.

3. Submit Proposal

Do not click on the "Submit Form" button or print and scan the application. Instead, send the PDF to grants [at] with "“insert your organization name Sponsorship Application” in the subject line. Include as separate attachments a signed Nondiscrimination Form, most recent audit or Form 990, and 501(c)3 determination letter. Please do not include any other materials.

4. proposal Review and Notification

The grant proposal contact on your application will receive a confirmation email within three business days of your application submission. Horizons' staff will review applications and make final funding decisions. You will receive a funding decision within four weeks of submitting your application.

Questions? Interested in discussing a potential proposal? Contact us at grants [at]