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OutRight Action International: Call for Applications for COVID-19 LGBTIQ Emergency Response Fund

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 21, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 30, 2020
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The global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus is taking its toll on many people, including LGBTIQ communities.
In fact, in times of crisis, vulnerable groups become even more vulnerable.
Due to lockdowns and curfews, countless LGBTIQ people have lost their source of income, and consequently their homes.
Many of us can not turn to our families due to a lack of acceptance. LGBTIQ shelters are under quarantine, shut down, or oversubscribed.
Many LGBTIQ people face challenges in accessing healthcare on a day to day basis.
Now, this access is even more restricted, as health systems are overstretched with COVID-19 patients.
Due to social distancing requirements, they no longer have access to community centers or events.

These are only the immediate effects of the crisis.

On the horizon budget cuts for LGBTIQ organizations are looming, as donors might have to scale down or redirect the support they can provide. Unemployment is on the rise, small businesses struggling and when or how the economy will rebuild unknown.

OutRight recognizes that needs are different from community to community, and that local organizations know best what the immediate needs are.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must work directly with and for LGBTIQ people (including MSM groups, trans groups, LBQ groups, and intersex groups), and be based outside the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, the UK, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand.
2,. Unfortunately, OutRight cannot issue grants to individuals.
3. The form is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

Utilize This Offer

The fund offers grants between 2,500 and 10,000 USD to LGBTIQ organizations, registered and not-registered, based OUTSIDE the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, the UK, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand.

The grants can be used for any emergency that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, such as immediate support to community members to buy food or medicine, provide shelter, or pay rent and utilities for LGBTIQ organizations.

To apply for a grant, please fill in the application form.
The form is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

There is no deadline.
OutRight accepts applications while funds last and for as long as this crisis needs us to do so in solidarity with our colleagues and friends all around the world.

For more information, please visit

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 21, 2020
Apr 21, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too! They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 22, 2020
Apr 22, 2020

Thanks, Ana!

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 22, 2020
Apr 22, 2020

Thanks Ana, I will try to forward to groups outside countries ineligible, and to any groups that might have a list of groups eligible. So important!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 22, 2020
Apr 22, 2020