“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,” said Our Fund President & CEO David Jobin. “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 the pandemic.”
Grants from the 2021 LGBTQ 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-19 environment,” said Jobin.
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 proactively 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.