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 (e.g., gala), 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.).
Spring LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program applications are open in January for events taking place from February through June.
Fall LGBTQ Donor Engagement Program applications are open in July for events taking place from August through December.
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
Have clear goals for what a successful event looks like and a plan for measuring success
Are inclusive of people across the breadth of the LGBTQ community, e.g., geography, gender, race/ethnicity
Staff from Horizons Foundation will review proposals and make final funding decisions. This is a competitive application process.
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:
1. Create an account
Create a user and organization account on our grantmaking portal. Questions about using the portal? Please review this handy guide. Still need help? Email us at grants [at] horizonsfoundation.org
2. Complete Proposal
Address all sections of the proposal and submit application online through our grantmaking portal.
3. Review and notification
Proposals are reviewed by staff, and funding decisions will be announced afterward.
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] horizonsfoundation.org.