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Astraea supports lesbian, trans and LGBTQI groups that promote racial, economic and gender justice and mobilize communities to challenge oppression and claim rights. We fund groups in the United States, primarily led by LGBTQI people of color, and groups across the globe. We strengthen LGBTQI groups by providing flexible general support grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year. We build long-term partnerships with organizations because we know that social change takes time.

Learn more about our grantmaking philosophy and the work of our current grantee partners.

Learn about funding opportunities in our International Fund, U.S. Fund and Global Arts Fund below.


Astraea’s International Fund supports groups led by LGBTQI communities that are working for progressive social change and addressing oppression based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.

Astraea makes grants in our International Fund in two cycles per year. To be considered for an International Fund grant from Astraea, please review our criteria and priorities to make sure you are eligible. Then click here to download and submit an LOI.

  • To be considered for our June 2015 cycle, submit an LOI by January 31, 2015.
  • To be considered for our December 2015 cycle, submit an LOI by July 31, 2015.


Astraea is a public foundation that raises funds every year for our grantmaking activities. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide grants to all groups that meet our criteria. We make decisions based on our values and priorities, as well as an analysis of the funding landscape to determine where Astraea’s support can be most impactful.


In September 2012, Astraea and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership, an unprecedented initiative toward the attainment, enforcement and implementation of human rights for LGBTI people. We are currently accepting Letters of Interest from LGBTI groups in the following countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, and the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia).


Astraea’s U.S. Fund strategically directs grants to organizations that advance LGBTQ racial and economic justice. Reflecting priorities identified by the movements we support, we highlight the themes of anti-criminalization and immigration as key racial and economic justice issues facing LGBTQ communities today.

Our anti-criminalization strategy is to support LGBTQ community organizations led by the people most affected by systems of oppression--people of color, youth and sex workers--that are fighting laws, policies and practices that criminalize LGBTQ people’s lives, dignity and livelihoods. This includes work on policing and prison abolition.

Our immigration strategy is to support LGBTQ immigrant rights organizing that builds a strong base of LGBTQ immigrant leaders and allies, fights harsh immigration enforcement policies, and increases visibility of the impact of the criminalization of LGBTQ immigrants.

Astraea is currently not accepting unsolicited proposals for our anti-criminalization and immigration funding strategies. We recommend potential applicants for funding to visit our website periodically for more information.

Intersex Human Rights Fund

The Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people. Given the dearth of funding to intersex issues globally, intersex groups/projects based anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

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Astraea houses the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, a donor circle that makes grants to small LGBTQI community organizing groups across the United States. The Circle particularly supports the leadership and organizing by and for communities of color, indigenous communities, low-income communities, and/or rural communities.

The Funding Queerly Giving Circle recently closed its second grantmaking cycle. Astraea looks forward to announcing the second set of Funding Queerly grantee partners in May 2015.


Astraea’s Global Arts Fund supports, showcases and connects impactful art by LGBTQI people and organizations that are using art as a tool for social transformation and have limited access to resources for this critical work. Through a nomination process that engages Astraea grantee partners and community members, we consider submissions across mediums and disciplines, including video, film, poetry, fictional prose, photography, painting, performance, dance, theater, music and other interdisciplinary expressions.

Nominations are closed for Astraea’s 2014 Global Arts Fund. This cycle's theme is responses to criminalization and militarization. Astraea will support projects that explore survival, freedom, resistance and possibility in contexts including war, displacement, policing, violence, pinkwashing, hate speech and criminalizing laws. We look forward to announcing grants in early 2015.