Equity Foundation is Oregon’s only grant-making institution established to fund programs and projects that advance equality for those in the LGBTQ community.
Equity Foundation has been funding equality since 1989. By granting money to organizations that respect and protect diversity, we ensure that all have a place to be represented.
We prioritize funding to support:
- Organizations isolated from traditional funding sources because they represent the interests of the LBGTQ community.
- Organizations that promote and celebrate diversity.
2013 Grant Recipients
|Grant Recipient||Amount Disbursed|
|Cascade AIDS Project||$4,100.00|
|Our House of Portland||$3,100.00|
|Open Meadow Alternative Schools, Inc.||$3,000.00|
|TransActive Education & Advocacy||$3,000.00|
|Portland Institute for Contemporary Art||$2,500.00|
|Ecumencial Ministries of Oregon||$2,000.00|
|Oregon Children’s Theatre||$2,000.00|
|Meals on Wheels People||$1,750.00|
|Lotus Rising Project||$1,500.00|
|Basic Rights Education Fund||$1,000.00|
|Jewish Theatre Collaborative||$1,000.00|
|On-the-Move Community Integration||$1,000.00|
|Portland Gay Men’s Chorus||$1,000.00|
|Qdoc:The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival||$1,000.00|
|The Portland Lesbian Choir||$1,000.00|
|Write Around Portland||$1,000.00|
General Grant Cycle
The General Grant Cycle deadline for 2014 will be announced in January 2014. The average grant is $1,500.
General Eligibility Requirements:
- Eligible organizations must either have a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status or be an accredited non-profit educational institution. Start-up organizations may also be eligible if they are affiliated with an organization that has a 501(c)(3) tax status that will assume responsibility for administering all funds received and expended.
- To be eligible for funding, projects or programs must be directly relevant to Equity Foundation’s mission of building communities that embrace the dignity and worth of all people.
- Organizations or projects must operate within Oregon and/or benefit Oregonians. Organizations from Southwest Washington serving residents of the Portland metropolitan area are eligible to apply. Because Vancouver and surrounding area is considered part of the Portland metropolitan area, organizations can be located in Southwest Washington and benefiting Southwest Washington—organizations need not serve the city of Portland.
- Funding for Pride Events are funded through sponsorship requests rather than through this granting cycle.
Projects NOT Eligible:
Equity Foundation will not approve grants to individuals or for the following purposes: endowment funds; capital campaigns; physical plans; annual fund drives; and political organizations or campaigns.
1. Marriage Equality.
2. Youth: Youth are both the future of our movement as well as a focus of today’s struggle. Many pushing for human rights do so to improve the world for future generations. Likewise, youth will continue the struggle into the future. Applicants of this category are encouraged to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ and other minority youth in schools, families, and/or communities. We are specifically interested in funding programs that focus on anti-bullying efforts. Applicants are also encouraged to find creative methods to empower youth to develop leadership qualities.
3. Art as a Tool for Social Change: The arts both enrich our culture and can help shape our society. Applicants in this category are encouraged to find creative methods to use the arts as a way to promote the dignity and worth of all people and foster social change.
4. Human Rights: All individuals have the right to equality, justice, education, health care, food and shelter. This category will be awarded to groups working to advance the human rights of gender and sexual minorities and other marginalized groups. We are specifically interested in funding projects that focus on advancing rights for transgendered individuals. Projects designed to address inequality and injustice, education and advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building initiatives are included in this category. Equity Foundation will also fund projects that help people live independently and with respect and dignity. As part of Equity Foundation’s commitment to human rights, we encourage proposals working at the intersection of issues, such as projects focused on health access for people who are transgender, inclusive housing projects, and other programs targeted to improving quality of life.
5. Housing for People Living with HIV or AIDS: The Paul D. Higgins Housing Fund was created through the estate of Paul D. Higgins, in 2004. Equity Foundation will periodically award grants through this Fund, to support housing for people with HIV or AIDS and for supportive services designed to help people with HIV or AIDS maintain their housing and live as independently as possible.
For Current Equity Foundation General Cycle Grantees: Download our Grant Report Form in Word by clicking this link: Grant Report Form
Equity Foundation is a community foundation, which means we depend on the community to both donate to us and to help drive our granting. Equity Foundation has regional granting committees consisting of local volunteers from all over the state that review General Cycle Grant applications from their local region and recommend who to fund to the Equity Foundation Board of Directors. Regional granting committees exist in the following regions Portland Metro/Statewide, Central Oregon, Lane County, Corvallis/Albany, Salem, and Southern Oregon. The Portland 100 Fund is similarly run with a committee of donors voting on whom to fund and making the recommendation to the Equity Foundation Board of Directors.
What happens to grant applicants after the General Grant Cycle?
Click the following link to read about our community driven process: Granting Process.
For paper copies of applications or more information, contact Megan McCarthy at 503.231.5759 x 522 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.