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OVERVIEW

Astraea supports lesbian, trans*, intersex 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.

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.

INTERNATIONAL FUND

Astraea's International Fund supports 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.

Astraea makes grants in our International Fund in two cycles per year. Groups are welcome to submit a letter of interest (LOI) at any time. To be considered for a grant, please review our criteria and priorities to make sure you are eligible. Then click here to download and submit an LOI.

Please note: The Astraea Foundation receives many worthy submissions from eligible LGBTQI groups every year. We work hard to raise funds for our grants, but ultimately our resources are limited and we are only able to award grants to a small number of organizations. Additionally, submissions take up to two months to process after the submission deadline. Please take all of this into consideration before applying.

To be considered for our December 2016 cycle, submit an LOI by July 31, 2016.

To be considered for June 2016 cycle, submit an LOI by January 31, 2016.

U.S. FUND

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. We are currently not accepting unsolicited proposals for these funding strategies.

Astraea also 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. Funding Queerly recently closed its third grantmaking cycle and will announce the next open call in late 2016.

INTERSEX HUMAN RIGHTS FUND

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The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is proud to announce a new call for proposals for our second cycle of our Intersex Human Rights Fund, launched in 2015 to honor the resilience, creativity and growth of intersex activism and to ensure the human rights of intersex people. We recognize that the entrenched practice of organizing the world into the sex binary and gender binary has alarming and rights-violating consequences for intersex bodies. People with intersex variations face invisibility, stigma, discrimination and violence. Intersex babies and children are widely subjected to "normalizing," non-consensual, harmful surgeries and other medical interventions, with life-long consequences, including sterilization and genital mutilation. There are few legal frameworks to protect intersex people from multiple forms of discrimination and institutional violence. While intersex activism has been growing around the world, intersex issues and communities remain starkly under-funded, receiving less than a fraction of 1% of global foundation funding for LGBTQI people and/or women and girls.

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.

Astraea particularly seeks proposals from intersex activists who have never applied for a grant or received foundation funding. Groups with small or no budgets, staff or structures are eligible and encouraged to apply. If you have questions about how to complete the application, please reach out to Astraea staff at IntersexFund@astraeafoundation.org. Groups may submit proposals in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin or Russian.

DOWNLOAD THE PROPOSAL FORM HERE

DOWNLOAD THE OPTIONAL BUDGET TEMPLATE HERE

Proposal Deadline: April 8, 2016

 

GLOBAL ARTS FUND

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. The 2014 cycle's theme was responses to criminalization and militarization. Astraea will announce the next call and theme in late Spring 2016.