The Visibility Impact Fund is accepting applications for our latest round of granting.
The Visibility Impact Fund seeks grant applications to fund work in support of the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabled (bi+) community. Grants of $500 - $2,500 will be awarded up to a total of $7,500 across all grants. Only applications from United States 501(c)3 organizations will be considered.
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 not focused solely on the bi+ communities. 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 July 19th, 2021. Click here to open grant application.
Call for Proposals Posted: June 1, 2021
Applications Due: July 19, 2021
Slate Due from Grant Committee: August 9, 2021
Membership Voting: August 13 - 18, 2021
Grantees Notified: August 23
Grant Funds Disbursed by: Early September
Grant reporting due no later than March 15, 2022
Grant Application Questions
1. If you receive a 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 United States. 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 anticipate our next granting round will be in the first half of 2022.
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.