First Round of COVID-19 Global Emergency Fund Grants Released

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During times of crisis, vulnerable communities, such as LGBTIQ people, become more vulnerable. With the onset of COVID-19, not only do we experience higher barriers of access to healthcare, rising levels of domestic and family violence, and disproportionate food and shelter insecurity, we also face an inability to access emergency relief which too often excludes us. To support LGBTIQ organizations and communities as they face the COVID-19 pandemic, OutRight launched the OutRight COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund aims to step in and support LGBTIQ people and organizations where other services fail to do so.

Within a month of opening the fund for applications, we received over 1500 appeals for help, most to cover alleviation efforts of rising food and shelter insecurity among LGBTIQ communities.

The first round of grants have been issued to the following organizations (list incomplete for security reasons).

  • Triangle Project, South Africa
  • Eagle Wings Youth Initiatives, Tanzania
  • PEMA Kenya
  • Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL)
  • Association of LGBTI people in Zimbabwe (GALZ)
  • Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme, Kenya
  • Lesbian Organization Against Violence and Inequality, Philippines
  • Perkumpulan Suara Kita, Indonesia
  • Humraz Male Health Society, Pakistan
  • Malaysian AIDS Council
  • Equals Inc. Barbados
  • United and Strong Inc, St. Lucia
  • Moscow Community Center for LGBT+ Initiatives
  • Kyrgyz Indigo and Labrys, Kyrgyzstan
  • Centro de Integracion y Recuperacion Jardin de las Mariposas A.C, Mexico
  • Raras No Tan Raras, Colombia
  • Mawjoudin We Exist for Equality, Tunisia
  • Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality, Fiji
  • Youth Champs 4 Mental Health, Fiji

You can also learn more about our process at these webinars:

  • Jun 2, 10 PM New York - Lessons from OutRight's Covid-19 LGBTIQ Global Emergency Fund 2nd Edition :: The fund received 1500 applications from all regions of the world. The main request was for basic necessities like food, shelter, and health care. Register »