PFund builds and strengthens the LGBT movement for social justice in the Upper Midwest by providing general operating and program/ project specific grants to LGBT and allied organizations working to achieve social and systemic change.
Funding areas of interest
Achieving equal rights
--through advocacy and civic engagement.
Vision: LGBT people’s human rights and dignity are unquestioned and they are free from discrimination.
Ensuring access, safety and security
--in such places as schools, health providers, and housing.
Vision: LGBT people experience the world as a place of safety and our media, policy makers, families and popular culture reject any form of violence against them.
Creating power through community
--as a result of organizing, events and the arts.
Vision: LGBT people are celebrated, visible, and find power in working together to advance equality and justice.
Region-wide Grantmaking PFund makes annual grants in Iowa,
Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. See map of grantee partners over the years.
Grassroots and direct lobbying
PFund recognizes the importance of grassroots and direct lobbying efforts for many LGBT organizations. PFund will consider proposals for lobbying efforts on behalf of LGBT issues as a limited part of its annual grantmaking cycle, wihtin the limits set by the 501(h) section of the tax code-legislation which allows a certain amount of expenditures by nonprofits to be used for lobbying and advocacy activities.
Grant Guidelines and Deadlines All applicants should read the grant guidelines to ensure eligibility for funding and to develop a proposal.
Two-Stage Grant Application and Comunity-driven Review Process
As an LGBT community foundation, PFund engages LGBT and allied individuals every step of the way – from raising resources to stewarding them back into LGBT and allied communities to achieve long-term social change. In our community-driven review process, PFund forms a volunteer committee made up of LGBT and allied individuals who represent different parts of the Upper Midwest and bring a rich array of experience and knowledge. Each year, the committee reviews all of the Letters of Inquiry and full proposals and through a collective decision-making process, selects applicants to receive grant awards.
>> Applicants must first submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) due August 1. Online LOIs are accepted from June 1 to August 1.
>> All LOIs will be reviewed by a community review panel. All LOI applicants will be notified if they are invited to submit a full proposal by August 15. Full proposals are due October 1.
>> All full proposals are reviewed by the community review committee from November to December. Applicants will be notified of the final decision in December.
Grant Period is January 1 to December 31
Grant Amount up to $10,000; typical grant range is $3,000-$5,000.
Grantee Report Form and Deadline Final grantee reports are due by January 31. Grantee partners invited to the next funding cycle must submit an interim report with their full proposal due October 1.
Technical Assistance for Applying
Applicants and particularly new applicants are encouraged to contact PFund Program Officer, Kayva Yang at kyang@PFundOnline.org or 612.870.1806 or 800-435.1402 to discuss eligibility and proposal ideas.