Funding Guidelines

Funding Guidelines


  • GDIG prioritizes funding for marginalized communities
  • Groups with limited access to resources and donor support

GDIG also gives preference to proposals that:

  • Support our most at-risk groups such as LGBTQ+ homeless, the transgender and gender nonconforming communities, LGBTQ+ seniors, LGBTQ+ communities of color, and LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Working for Positive Change in the Community: GDIG seeks organizations working to examine and challenge the underlying causes of injustice affecting the LGBTQ+ community. They seek to change the conditions and institutions that create and maintain inequality.
  • Fostering Leadership: GDIG seeks groups that involve the people who are directly affected by an issue at all levels of the organization – in planning, organizing, and leading, and working to continue to build leadership within the community.
  • Collaborative or working in alliance with other organization+ groups to as a way to provide services or create positive change in the community.
  • Risk Taking: Are new or innovative, and respond to unmet or undermet needs across the globe; the work may tackle a controversial issue, or be focused on a new and emerging area;
  • Achieving concrete success: which has positively impacted the community.
  • Raise money from multiple sources throughout the community, such as foundations, businesses, individuals, special events, and income generating projects. For smaller organizations, this could be as simple as getting small donations from individuals or hosting an informal fundraising event.


  • Not for Profit: GDIG considers proposals from organizations that are not-for-profit and exempt from federal taxes, or who use a qualifying fiscal sponsor.
  • Program / Project Duration: Projects/programs should be one year or less in duration with the possibility of renewal.​
  • Funding Amount: ​GDIG will consider funding grants for up to $75,000.00.
  • Solid Plan: We fund groups whose work is driven by the following:
    • A clear purpose with well-planned goals, objectives, and activities and a tool to measure outcomes and impact;
    • A timeline and budget that reflects the proposed objectives and activities;
    • A realistic fundraising plan.


Here are some questions that the Grants Committee and Board consider when evaluating grant applications.

  • Does the proposed project work to create a positive impact in the community, serve an unmet or undermet need of communities?
  • Does the proposed project serve our most vulnerable populations?
  • Does the project/program have a solid plan and is it likely to be effective? Will it have measurable results?
  • Does the project/program demonstrate collaboration, alliances, or risk-taking?
  • Does the project/program involve individuals in each part of the project?
  • Are the project/program goals and budget realistic for the time and resources allocated?
  • Does this project/program have a realistic fundraising plan? Are alternative sources of funding available?
  • Will the grantee use GDIG funding to provide the greatest impact that they can?
  • How large is the audience impacted by this project/program?
  • Are there opportunities for the project/program to increase GDIG’s visibility through co-marketing, fundraising, sharing lists, promoting NHF, donor sign-up, etc.
  • Has the organization been funded by GDIG in the past? Were those projects/programs successfully completed and the required reports submitted?