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.). 

Applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis for events that take place between November 5, 2021 and January 31, 2022. Funds are limited; therefore, we encourage organizations to apply as early as possible to allow for application review and grant processing.

Horizons will be releasing an RFP in early December 2021 for donor engagement events taking place between February 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022. 

The LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program is open to large LGBTQ-primary organizations (annual budgets over $1 million) based within the nine counties of the SF Bay Area.

Selective Criteria and Review Process

Horions supports events that:

Offer inspiring, engaging programming for and about the LGBTQ community 

Incorporate strategies to build new relationships and increase giving, especially from individuals 

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Have clear goals for what a successful event looks like and a plan for measuring success 

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Are inclusive of people across the breadth of the LGBTQ community, e.g., geography, gender, race/ethnicity 

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Are closely aligned to Horizons Foundation’s mission 

Staff from Horizons Foundation will review proposals and make final funding decisions. This is a competitive application process. Horizons will expedite review and funding decisions for events that may be taking place through January 31, 2022.


LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program grantee partners are limited to one approved request per calendar year per organization.

Please note that LGBTQ Donor Engagement award funds may not be used retroactively and the event must take place after the date the award is made. 

To be eligible for an LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program award, an 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
  • Have its 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 hosting an LGBTQ donor engagement event within one or more of 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.

Proposal Process

Please complete all required materials. You can download the 2021 LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program application below. Do not send a cover letter, letters of reference, or any attachments not specifically requested for LGBTQ Community Event Sponsorship Program. Our goal is to minimize the pressure on applicants to produce voluminous proposals. 


Download the grant application and save it to your hard drive with the following name: 

insert your organization name 2021 LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program Application” for example – “LGBTQ Inc. 2021 Donor Engagement Program Application”  


You can use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to fill in the grant application. If you do not have Adobe Reader, get the free latest version of Adobe Reader from: 


Click the attachment to open the grant application in Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Do not fill the application online, but first save it to your hard drive (see step 1 above). 

For Apple users – make sure you are not filling the application in the Preview PDF application provided by Apple. Filling the application in Apple’s Preview does not work for this application. Instead, follow instructions to download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for Mac OS for your browser type from:  


Once the file is open, make sure to click the button titled “Highlight Existing Fields” to see the text boxes where you will enter the necessary information. This button can be found in the right-hand corner of the tool bar.  


You do not have to complete the application all at once – remember to save your changes every time you close the application.  


When you have completed the application, remember to save the application. IMPORTANT: Do not click on the “Submit Form” button in the right corner of the tool bar. Instead, email the application to Horizons as an attachment. Please do not print and scan the application to send; instead, please send the PDF file you created on your computer.


Email the application as an attachment to grants [at] In the email subject line please type “insert your organization name 2021 Donor Engagement Program Application”. 


Within three business days, an email confirming the online submission will be sent to the “Grant Proposal Contact” identified on the application. 

For questions about the LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program, or to set up an appointment to talk with a Horizons team member, contact us via email at grants [at]