Funding Opportunities

Updated LGBT International NGO Funders List (July 2008)

Below are links to comprehensive directories of funders—who can be approached by LGBT NGOs—provided by IGLA, ILGA-Europe and FLGI. IGHLRC has added other funding opportunities not contained in those sources. We advise you to read through their individual lists as well as our additions to find the funds that would best meet your needs.


Funding Opportunities

    (youth groups only)
    Contact Person: Maarten can der Drift
    2301 GC Postbus 16122
    The Netherlands
    Alert is an independent fund that supports progressive projects by and for youth. Alert supports youth initiatives all over the world with small-scale subsidies.

  • FrontLine—The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
    81 Main Street
    Co Dublin
    Telephone: (+353) 1 212 3750
    Facsimile: (+353) 1 212 1001
    Front Line runs a small grants program to provide for the security needs of defenders. Front Line mobilizes campaigning and lobbying on behalf of defenders at immediate risk. In emergency situations, Front Line can facilitate temporary relocation.

  • National Endowment for Democracy
    1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
    Washington, District of Columbia 20004 USA
    Telephone: (+1) 212 378 9700
    The NED is a private, nonprofit organization created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. The Endowment is guided by the belief that freedom is a universal human aspiration that can be realized through the development of democratic institutions, procedures, and values. With its annual congressional appropriation, it makes hundred of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

  • Queer Youth Fund (of Liberty Hill Foundation)
    Contact: Ms. Lina Paredes
    Director of Programs
    c/o Liberty Hill Foundation
    2121 Cloverfield Boulevard, Suite 113
    Santa Monica, California 90404 USA
    Telephone: (+1) 310 453 3611
    Facsimile: (+1) 310 453 7806
    The Queer Youth Fund makes multi-year grants to grassroots, local, state and national nonprofit organizations located anywhere in the United States working to improve the quality of life among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

  • War on Want
    Room D63
    37-39 Great Guildford Street
    London, SE1 OES
    United Kingdom
    Telephone: (+44) 171 620 1111
    Facsimile: (+44) 171 261 9291
    War on Want fights poverty in developing countries in partnership and solidarity with people affected by globalization. They campaign for workers' rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.

Specialized Funding Opportunities and other Services with LGBT Organizations

  • International Human Rights Internship Program
    c/o Institute of International Educational
    1400 K Street, NW Suite 650
    Washington, District of Columbia 20005
    Facsimile: (+1) 202 326 7763
    Internships with other NGOs.

  • Witness
    c/o Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
    330 7th Avenue, 10th Floor
    New York, New York 10001
    Funding for video equipment and other documentation tools

  • Hellman/Hammett Funds
    (for writers awards only)
    Human Rights Watch
    485 Fifth Avenue
    New York, New York 10017-6104

Other Free Resources for Groups in Developing Countries

  • Fenner Brockway House
    37/39 Great Guildford Street
    London, SE1 OES
    United Kingdom
    Telephone: (+44) 171 401 8231
    Facsimile: (+44) 171 401 2124
    Directory of European Funders of HIV/AIDS projects in Developing Countries and Guide to Technical Support available to HIV/AIDS projects in Developing Countries published by the UK NGO AIDS Consortium.

  • Funding Human Rights
    Published by the:
    Human Rights Internet
    c/o Human Rights Centre
    University of Ottawa
    57 Louis Pasteur
    Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
    An international directory of funding organizations and human rights awards.

  • Human Rights Institution Building: A handbook on establishing and sustaining human rights organizations
    Published by The Fund for Peace in association with The Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. To order copies please write to:
    The Fund for Peace
    823 United Nations Plaza, Suite 717
    New York New York 10017
    Telephone: (+1) 212 661 5900
    Facsimile: (+1) 212 661 5904