The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: Submit LOIs for Astraea’s International Fund 2016!

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Deadline: 31 January 2016

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is accepting applications for its Astraea’s International Fund to support groups led by  LGBTQI communities working for progressive social change, addressing oppression based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression, and advancing work for racial, economic and gender justice.

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Grants Information

The fund strengthens LGBTQI groups by providing flexible general support grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year.


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The fund prioritizes funding to groups that:

  • Led by and targeted to lesbian/bisexual/queer women
  • Led by and targeted to transgender and/or intersex people
  • Led by and for LGBTQI communities that are historically marginalized and underresourced within LGBTQI communities (e.g. youth, elders, ethnic minorities, migrants/refugees, low-income people, people with disabilities, sex workers, etc.).
  • Have active participation and leadership from the communities most affected by issues that the group works on.
  • Are inclusive and reflect the diversity of the geographic region in which they do their work.
  • Show an understanding of the connections amongst different oppressions facing LGBTQI people, and have a commitment to address other forms of oppression such as oppression based on class, race, ethnicity, age, physical and mental ability, gender, national identity, and religious affiliation.
  • Develop leadership and build communities’ capacity to achieve social change, particularly through proposals that strengthen an organization’s ability to organize.
  • Organizing may be defined as activities that actively engage people affected by societal problems in the process of identifying and pursuing solutions.
  • Works in alliance and/or builds coalition with other justice movement organizations (e.g. sex worker rights, human rights, etc.)
  • Have organizational structures and practices in place that reflect social justice principles
  • Groups that are based in countries/locations that do not yet have significant LGBTQI resources
  • Have limited access to traditional sources of funding

Eligibility Criteria

  • Based in Africa, Asia/the Pacific, Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America/the Caribbean, or the Middle East.
  • Led by and/or for LGBTQI communities. Non-LGBTI-led groups must demonstrate how they address LGBTI human rights issues and how they involve LGBTI’s in organizational and programmatic decision-making.
  • Doing work towards long-term social change, on issues affecting LGBTQI people and/or people who are penalized, persecuted or harassed for their gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.
  • Non-governmental organizations, not-for-profit groups, or the equivalent, with organizational budgets of $500,000USD or less.
  • Groups that have been active for at least one year at the time should send in their proposal. A group which has been active for less than one year may apply if they demonstrate their group’s ability to sustain activities over the long-term and illustrate how a grant would help them to build their organization’s capabilities.

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can download and submit an LOI via given website.

For more information, please visit Astraea Lesbian Foundation.



    We are based in Ghana, West Africa. Do we qualify to apply

    • Avatar Rashmi Kanti says

      If your organisation is led by LGBTQI communities in Ghana (Africa), you are eligible to apply for Astraea Lesbian Foundation’s funds. For more details on eligibility, please visit the link followed by the line “For more information….”
      Thank you!