Our Fund Foundation announced the non-profit will provide $100,000 in grants and up to
$20,000 per applicant, through its 2021 LGBTQ Arts & Culture Fund.
“Our Fund believes that success for arts and culture agencies in the post-pandemic
environment will be defined by their ability to pivot and cater to audience’s anticipated
expectations around safety and social distancing that will be foreseen remnants of the
pandemic for several years,” says Our Fund President & CEO David Jobin. He continues,
“priority in grant consideration will be given to agencies whose goal is not just return to normal
– but return to a new normal that builds on new capabilities developed in the initial months of
Grants from the Arts & Culture fund will support costs incurred by organizations related to
safety protocol, reduced audience size, increase in number of performances, costs associated
with supporting virtual and live performances, and enhanced marketing. “Our Fund is not
seeking to support new projects – but instead is interested in supporting new operating costs
associated with developing and sustaining programming in a post-COVID environment,” says
2021 grants from the Arts & Culture Fund follow Our Fund’s previous program, Arts Proud, a
campaign designed to support and sustain LGBTQ arts and cultural agencies that were
negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition of Arts Proud LGBTQ cultural
institutions includes the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage, Miami Gay Men's
Chorus, OUTshine Film Festival, South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Thinking Cap Theatre, Thou
Art Woman, and the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus.
Grants from the LGBTQ Arts & Culture Fund are made possible through contributions from The
Jim Laird Hamish Fund at Our Fund, Our Fund Donor Advised Fundholders and individual
donors, Our Fund’s Endowment Fund, and the support of philanthropic partners.
To be eligible, applicants must be either a LGBTQ-primary non-profit or a non-LGBTQ-primary
non-profit organization that is seeking funding for a LGBTQ-specific program/project in
Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach Counties.
Special consideration will be given to organizations and projects that are organized by, and
work on behalf of, underserved populations within the LGBTQ community (including ethnicity,
race, age, gender, gender identity and physical and cognitive ability). Consideration will also
given to organizations that offer proof of pro-actively addressing gaps in representation of
underserved populations in regard to board, staff, audience and user participation and to
programs that have limited appeal to traditional funding sources as well as to applications that
leverage partnerships between similar-missioned agencies to reduce duplication of
effort/resources and expand reach/services.
The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, February 19, 2021. For more information or to
apply, visit Our-Fund.org/ArtsCulture.