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Since 2019 Consortium is delighted to have received funding to run several grants programmes for the LGBT+ sector.
Thanks to the generosity of our partners and donors we have distributed over £1.75M in onward grants to diverse LGBT+ organisations from across the UK.
We are continuing to work proactively to bring new funding into the sector.
Consortium is the national infrastructure and umbrella body for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ groups across the UK. Consortium exists to support a proactively collaborative LGBT+ sector that benefits the diverse communities it serves.
We expect applicants and grantees, whether they are members of Consortium or not, to share our values of positive and collaborative communication and engagement, as well as our ambition for a flourishing, diverse and inclusive LGBT+ third sector.
We take a zero tolerance approach to any abuse or inappropriate behaviour towards our staff or associates. To ensure we all feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect, we have created a document that outlines our Values and Principles, and how these work in practice.
You can find out more information about previous grants programmes by clicking on the corresponding button below.
Consortium was proud to work with the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to setup, manage and distribute small grants to LGBT+ organisations across England. The funding distributed is helping fund locally based interventions that support and increase the visibility of diverse LGBT+ people & communities, those focussed on sustainability, and those that address the findings of the GEO's National LGBT Survey.
At the beginning of 2020, we were excited to deliver a Grants Programme for diverse and unique organisations that make up the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) Sector.
Thanks to the generosity of an individual Donor, a total funding pot of £20,000 was made available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects that seek to include and support diverse LGBT+ people and communities that are underrepresented and/or subject to higher levels of marginalisation / discrimination.
As part of this programme, Consortium was particularly interested in funding locally based interventions that support and improve the lives of LGBT+ people of faith, LGBT+ people of colour (PoC), and LGBT+ women.
At the beginning of 2021, we were excited to deliver a further Grants Programme for diverse and unique organisations that make up the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) Sector.
Thanks to further generosity of an individual Donor, and the success of the previous Intersections Fund, an additional funding pot of £20,000 was made available to LGBT+ non-profit groups and organisations that are led by and for:
- LGBT+ people of faith
- LGBT+ people from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnicities and LGBT+ people of colour*
- LGBT+ women
- Older LGBT+ people
- Disabled LGBT+ people
*We recognise the use of terms such as BAME/PoC reflect a diverse range of people and communities. We use it as inclusively as possible to reflect people from communities who experience racism.
In 2020/21 we were excited to deliver a further Grants Programme for diverse and unique organisations that make up the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) Sector.
Thanks to the National Emergencies Trust, a total funding pot of £350,000 was available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects. The funding aimed to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grants were awarded for immediate responses and support to organisations, individuals and communities in need as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic for short-term work only to support them through this difficult period.
Consortium has been working with diverse, intersectional and targeted LGBT+ voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations over the last couple of years to explore additional and future income generation for their LGBT+ organisations, recognising the low levels of investment in our communities.
Following successful grant giving programmes, which saw distribution of nearly £1m to LGBT+ communities, in partnership with a range of diverse LGBT+ organisations, we identified the need for deeper investment in intersectional focused and targeted LGBT+ organisations.
Thanks to National Lottery players, funding from the National Lottery Community Fund enabled us to create this Equity Fund for user-led LGBT+ organisations working with targeted under-represented and under-resourced communities.
The LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund was made available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects that are led by and for:
- D/deaf, Disabled, Neurodivergent LGBT+ people.
- LGBT+ People of Colour and People from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities¹.
- LGBTQI+ Women.
- Older LGBT+ people.
- Trans and Non-Binary people.
¹ We recognise the use of terms such as BAME/PoC reflect a diverse range of people and communities. We use it as inclusively as possible to reflect people from communities who experience racism.
In 2022, Consortium and its Community Collaborators, working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, were delighted to launch the LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund.
£465,000 was made available through small grants to grassroots groups and organisations based in England, run by and for one or more of our 5 communities of focus.
Thanks to additional funding from Comic Relief, we were also able to provide grants to user-led LGBT+ organisations based in the devolved nations.
£90,000 was made available through small grants to grassroots organisations and projects run by and for one or more of our 5 communities of focus.
Thanks to the generosity of an individual Donor, and the success of our previous Intersections Fund, a funding pot of £20,000 was made available for non-profit groups, organisations and projects that are led by and for LGBT+ people of faith.
This will be distributed as community grants in denominations of £500, £1,000 and £2,000.
If you have previously applied to the Faith Fund and have any questions about your application, please click here to access the fund guidance and details about the decision making process.