LGBT Community Fund
Supporting Chicago’s LGBT Community through Philanthropy
In 2010, civic leaders joined in a commitment to addressing a broad range of needs within the LGBT community, through strategic support to nonprofit organizations that serve it. Through an operating grant from The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust and funding support from The Chicago Community Trust, The LGBT Community Fund serves as a tool to educate the region about LGBT issues and promote effective philanthropy to achieve strategic change. The fund works toward the vision of a region where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender residents live responsibly in harmony with all communities, enjoying the same freedoms and quality of life, and with the same opportunity to make the region a better and safer place for all to live.
LGBT Community Fund COVID-19 Response Grants
In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the LGBT Community Fund of the Chicago Community Trust has adjusted its last round of grant making For Fund II in order to support the immediate needs of Chicago’s LGBT Community and organizations. The Fund recognizes individuals and organizations are in need of funding for general operations.
Our goal is to streamline the application process to fund as many qualified organizations as possible.
You can find complete eligibility and application details in the LGBT Community Fund COVID-19 Response Grants RFP (pdf format).
To apply, please complete and submit your application through GrantCentral, the Trust’s online grants management system, by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
2019 Community Needs Assessment
In 2018, the LGBT Community Fund partnered with Morten Group for a second time to launch a grassroots participatory action research process to learn about the most urgent needs and opportunities for Chicago’s LGBTQ community. More than 2,000 individuals took the time to complete an online survey, fill out a data card or participate in a focus group to contribute their knowledge and lived experience to the study. Read the 2019 Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment Summary.
We invite your investment in the LGBT Community Fund. Our fundraising goal for the LGBT Community Fund II is $1.5 million—to date, thanks to the generosity of our community, we have raised $1.3 million.
Gifts can be made online, by check or by a gift of securities, or you can consider including the Fund in your estate planning.
The LGBT Community Fund is also an endowed fund, which will also, in the future dedicate its endowment income to providing strategic grant support for nonprofit agencies. With this permanent resource, the most pressing needs of Chicago’s LGBT community can be met in perpetuity—no matter what challenges emerge in years ahead.
To date the LGBT Community Fund has awarded more than $1.25 million dollars to over 40 organizations serving the needs of LGBTQ community.
In their first round of funding, the LGBT Community Fund awarded $282,500 to 14 organizations in August 2015. These IMPACT Grants provided funding for capacity building and for seed money for new products/organizations, or those in their infancy.
The second round of funding supported innovative, replicable projects that reach traditionally underserved populations. Three projects, each representing a collaboration between two organizations, received $350,000 in Transformational Grants in spring 2016.
A third round of funding, for projects addressing urgent and underserved needs—healthcare, safety, and services to youth and seniors—awarded $315,000 in Community Grants in spring 2017.
The LGBT Community Fund launched Fund II in fall of 2018, providing the first round of $200,000 in Impact Grants to eight organizations with programmatic focus areas in healthcare, community safety, services for youth and senior citizens. The Fund is currently accepting proposals for its second round of grants.
The LGBT Community Fund announced Fund II Round II grant recipients in March 2020. Review Community Grants PDF on previous grant eligibilities and funding criteria’s from Fund II Round II.
2011 Needs Assessment
In October 2011, the Fund launched the LGBT Community Needs Assessment. Over 2,000 Chicagoans representing a wide variety of sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds and residential areas shared their insight into the assets, needs and challenges of the region’s LGBT community. Data from the survey were used to shape the Fund’s first round of grant making, and will continue to inform the Fund’s philanthropic strategy in future. View the report
Denise C. Foy (Co-Chair)
Ken O’Keefe (Co-Chair)
Bernard T. Bartilad
Raymond Crossman, PhD
Elizabeth K. Garibay
Alan G. Harder