The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund aims to strengthen Utah's LGBTQ community, and our state as a whole.
- Securing fairness in employment. To be eligible for grant funding from the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund, organizations must have a non-discrimination employment policy in place that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. If no policy exists, the Community Foundation can work with organizations to develop and adopt appropriate policies.
- Increasing visibility for gay and lesbian philanthropy. Grants awarded by the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund help to raise public awareness of the significant contributions made by the gay community. Media coverage, naming opportunities, and other recognitions of these grants help make the contributions of the LGBTQ community and allies more widely visible.
- Responding to community needs. As the LGBT community's needs change, the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund's priorities can change with them. As political, cultural, environmental, and economic forces affect the needs of Utah's LGBTQ community, we can refocus our grantmaking decisions, making a difference where it is most needed.
Be Part of the Impact!
- It's easy. You receive immediate tax deductions for your contributions. We accept gifts of stock, real estate, and other complex assets.
- It's flexible. While individual not-for-profits come and go, you can be certain that your gifts will support the Utah's LGBTQ community in perpetuity, even as the community's most pressing needs change.
- It's efficient. Your contributions are pooled with others, creating greater collective giving power.
- It's impactful. We provide assistance identifying high-impact not-for-profits and monitoring how grants are used, ensuring that your support has the greatest community impact possible.
How to Apply for Funding
Applications are now closed for 2016. Please check back in June 2017 for information about our next granting cycle.
The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund awards grants to:
- Utah organizations that serve the LGBTQ community
- Other impactful not-for-profits so that they can better serve the LGBTQ community
- Organizations that improve the quality of life in Utah
Our Grantees and History
The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund got its start in 2012, with a $50,000 challenge grant to help establish a transitional home for young men living on the street, 40% or more of whom identify as gay or transgender. In 2013 the fund committee formalized a competitve grantmaking process, making $25,000 in grants to further the work of agencies across Utah working for equality. Read below for more details about our grants in 2014, 2015, and beyond.
2015 Grantees & Impact Report
- J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah - For the expansion of holdings of Kristen Ries/Maggie Snyder History of HIV/AIDS in Utah Collection
- Office of Inclusion and Outreach, University of Utah - For the Annual Health Care Provider Summit: Expanding the Knowledge of LGBT Healthcare
- Utah Pride Center - For Moab Pride and a Community Needs Assessment
- Youth Futures Shelter Home - For general operating support
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah - For the LGBT Mentors Program
- Senior Charity Care Foundation - For Financial Assistance For Medical and Dental Care for LGBT Seniors
- Westminster College - For an LGBT Programming Intern
- OUTreach Resource Centers - For the Drop–In Center in Ogden
- Utah Museum of Contemporary Art - For the Out Loud Mentoring Program
- Equality Utah - For the Harvey Milk Leadership Training Academy
- Utah Film Center - For the Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival
- Pioneer Craft House - For Senior LGBT Adult Arts & Drafts Classes
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah - To support matches between youth and caring LGBT adult mentors in BBBSU’s Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring Programs
- LGBT & Allied Lawyers of Utah - To attend a seminar in order to better address the needs and issues of the Utah LGBT community
- Moab Pride - To support awareness of the LGBT community in this rural area
- Plan-B Theatre Company - To support a statewide Elementary school tour of “DIFFERENT=AMAZING”, a play that helps children understand the impact of bullying
- The Utah Film Center - In support of the “Damn These Heels!” Film Festival
- The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art - To support the Out Loud Mentoring Program between artists and LGBT youth
- Westminster College - To hire a student intern the College’s LGBT student club, Alphabet Soup
- The Point Foundation - For scholarships to empower promising Utah LGBT students to achieve their academic potential and make a significant impact on society
- National Center For Lesbian Rights – In support of adoption rights advocacy for LGBT families in Utah
- Utah Pride - In support of the Utah Pride Center capital campaign effort