The Visibility Impact Fund is accepting applications for our first round of granting. We will be awarding $500 grants to up to three organizations with 501(c)3 status.
The Visibility Impact Fund seeks to support and empower bi+ specific organizations, programming, and training to impact bi+ visibility and well-being. We will be interpreting the types of work and programs which fulfill this mission broadly and we will fund organizations that are focused solely on the bi+ communities, LGBTQ organizations and non-LGBTQ organizations. However, grant funding must specifically serve the bi+ community. General LGBTQ work or programs will not be funded. Applications for operating funds will only be considered from organizations who focus on serving the bi+ community.
Please direct any questions to Neil Aasve: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply
Please complete and submit our online grant application by February 21st, 2021. Click here to open grant application.
Applications Due: February 21, 2021
Grant Council Review: Late February/early March
Giving Circle Membership will vote March 5 - March 9.
Grant Recipients Announced: March 10, 2021
Grant Funds Disbursed on or before: March 18, 2021
Grant reporting due no later than September 15, 2021.
Grant Application Questions
1. If you receive a $500 grant, how would the money be used? Please let us know if this is new or continuing work and the total budget.
2. What is your organization's mission statement, vision statement, or statement of purpose?
3. Does your organization work in coalition with other organizations?
4. Briefly describe what steps has your organization taken to address racism and anti-blackness in your leadership, staff, programs, and outreach.
What does bi+ mean? Who does it refer to?
Bi+ refers to the community of people attracted to more than one gender who may use labels like bisexual, pansexual, fluid, or queer, among others. While bisexual is still the most widely recognized label for our communities, we use bi+ to recognize and honor the many labels used by individuals.
How do I apply if I’m not a 501(c)3 organization?
We recognize that many of the organizations and individuals doing the work we want to support will need to receive funds outside the traditional 501(c)3 granting structure. However, for this pilot granting, we are only able to grant to 501(c)3 organizations in the U.S. We are working with our partners so we will be able to grant to non-501(c)3 organizations and to individuals in the future.
Will all your grants be $500?
No, in the future we will be granting a majority of the funds raised by the giving circle in each cycle. We have purposely kept this initial round small. Only granting $1,500 in March also allows our funds to continue to grow so our next granting round will have larger grants available.Since we started in September of 2020, we are still building our membership and our funds.
How often will you be offering grants?
Two to four times a year. We will have additional grant cycles in 2021, to be notified of future grant opportunities sign up here
About our grants
Eligibility: We welcome proposals from any Bi+ specific, LGBTQ, or non-LGBTQ nonprofit organization that can demonstrate how they plan to positively impact the lives of bisexual+ people.
What we will fund:
Without support from LGBTQ philantrophy, we know it is difficult to be a sustainable, all-volunteer bi+ organization. Funding general operations will help organizations hire paid staff, host events, implement training, and organize our community to advocate on their own behalf.
Training and education.
One of the reasons we are so invisible, in LGBTQ work particularly, is the lack of knowledge about the disparities we face and about the diversity of human sexuality. If you or your organization needs funding start, maintain, or expand the reach of training or education, please consider applying.
Projects and programs.
Any project or program ideas are welcome, including new projects and revising an existing program to increase bi+ inclusion and visibility.