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.

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Twenty years old this year, Astraea’s International Fund supports grassroots LGBTQI organizations around the world in their efforts to make lasting social change. We partner with LGBTQI groups who have limited access to funding, prioritizing support for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, trans and gender non-conforming people, and/or intersex people; and communities that have been historically marginalized within LGBTQI movements.

We provide flexible, core support funds for LGBTQI groups to pursue their own agendas, addressing multiple issues and using multiple strategies. We also have a dedicated stream of funding for timely legal, policy and institutional change campaigns, called the ‘Social Change Opportunity Fund.’

We accept proposals in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian. We make grants with the support of our International Advisory Board, a body of nearly 40 LGBTQI activists who are connected to LGBTQI and feminist movements globally and inform our grantmaking strategies and decisions.

How to Apply: Astraea makes grants in our International Fund in two application cycles per year. The window for submitting letters of interest (LOIs) for the Fall 2017 grant cycle closed on July 1, 2017. We will announce a new process for submission of LOIs for our Spring 2018 grant cycle in October 2017. To be considered for funding in our Spring 2018 grant cycle, we will accept LOIs between October 2017 and January 2018. 

  • To be considered for our December 2017 cycle, submit an LOI by July 1, 2017.
  • To be considered for our June 2018 cycle, submit an LOI by January 31, 2018.

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.