Texas Pride Impact Funds

WHAT IS THE QUEER TEXAS CRISIS FUND? A project by Texas Pride Impact Funds and Equality Texas to support non-profits providing emergency relief in response to COVID-19 and leading social justice work at the intersections of racial justice and LGBTQ+ identities.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, today more than ever, we need to support organizations providing support to our LGBTQ+ community members impacted by the pandemic in multitudes of ways, restricted access to services, economic hardship and pervasive indignities due to systemic racism - now amplified by the pandemic.

Fundraising efforts continue into September and awards will be announced and distributed on or before October 1.

Our goal is to raise at least $100,000. Please make your contribution today.

BECOME A QTCF SPONSOR

Sponsors will be recognized on EQTX and TPIF websites, social media, print materials and at online events including the Public Launch and Award Announcement Program. Sponsorship Levels - $5,000 donations receive logo and name representation; $2,500 donations receive name representation.. For additional information or to inquire about giving and recognition at a higher level, contact Judy Sherman at judys@txpif.org.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

We are prioritizing organizations providing emergency relief to LGBTQ+ communities as a response to COVID-19 and/or organizations leading critical social justice work at the intersections of racial justice and LGBTQ+ identities because of the disproportionate impact COVID-19, and systemic racism has had on these communities.

Awards will be flexible and geared toward supporting general operations. To apply, eligible organizations must submit an application accessible by this link:

TIMELINE

June: Seed Funds Raised
July/August: Community and Sponsor Fundraising
July 15: Organization Survey Available on this webpage
July 28: Online Launch Event, 6:00pm CZ
August 13: Last Day to Submit Questions** (11:00 pm CDT); questions must be emailed to QTCFgrants@txpif.org
August 18: Organization Surveys Due (11:00 pm CDT)
End of September/Early October: Grants Announced and Funds Awarded

ORGANIZATIONAL SURVEY (Application deadline has passed) This survey has three sections with 10 easy questions about you/your organization, 8 quick questions about your patients/clients/service users and 5 questions about your organization and COVID-19. Thank you in advance for your responses.

Please note: Since there will not be site reviews (virtual or otherwise), the Grants Committee for QTCF may request a phone call, if needed, to clarify survey responses.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or documented fiscal sponsorship by an organization with current 501(c)(3) status.
  2. Applicants must not discriminate with regard to race, color, gender, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, veteran status, physical disability, socioeconomic status, or source of income in its employment practices, selection of board members, selection of students, or acceptance of clients for services or products, or as otherwise provided by all applicable federal, state and local laws.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The program or service to be funded identifies or, at a minimum, estimates the number of LGBTQ+ Texans served.

WHAT WE FUND

  • Project/program support: a specific project/program within your organization
  • Capacity building: retooling, reimagining and/or more sustainable services
  • General Operating support: day-to-day costs of running your organization (office space, staff salaries, marketing materials, etc.)
  • Matching grants to augment support for any of the above

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

  • Applications from individuals or government agencies
  • National organizations or their local affiliates, except for programs developed at the local level to meet local needs in Texas
  • Projects/programs outside the State of Texas
  • Endowment funds
  • Annual campaigns, capital campaigns, fundraising events, donor recognition events, event sponsorships
  • Religious organizations, except for projects/programs/services directly addressing the mission of TPIF
  • More than one application per organization
  • Debt retirement
  • Research

WHO WE ARE

The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.

Texas Pride Impact Funds serves as a community foundation to propel the LGBTQ+ movement in Texas by supporting nonprofits that help thousands of our citizens across the state every day.

OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT

  • Based on HRC Foundation’s (HRCF) analyses of General Social Survey data, more than 5 million LGBTQ+ people work in jobs more likely to be impacted by COVID-19. This includes those working in restaurants and food services, hospitals, K-12 and higher education, and retail industries.
  • According to a 2019 Williams Institute analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, about one in five LGBTQ+ adults in the United States (22%) live in poverty, compared to an estimated 16% poverty rate among their straight and cisgender counterparts. In particular, the poverty rates of transgender adults (29%) and cisgender bisexual women (29%) in the U.S. tower over those of other groups. Furthermore, Black (40%) and Latinx (45%) transgender adults are more likely to live in poverty than transgender people of any other race.
  • In addition to higher rates of poverty, HRCF’s analysis of the BRFSS found that one in five LGBTQ+ adults have not seen a doctor when needed because they could not afford it. To make matters worse, Black LGBTQ+ adults (23%), Latinx LGBTQ+ adults (24%), and all transgender women (29%) are most likely to have avoided going to the doctor because of costs.
  • 2020 has laid bare the stark realities of modern-day racial disparities and inequities in our society with COVID-19 hitting poor and Black and brown communities in Texas at a disproportionately alarming rate. Compounded by persistent examples of police violence towards Black and brown people, this crisis must be urgently addressed. Structural racism and associated health disparities have continued for far too long. COVID-19 has only magnified the devastating consequences of leaving them unaddressed.