14 Jan 2019

The Arcus Foundation Request for Concepts: International LGBTQ Social Justice

The Arcus Foundation has issued an open call for concepts to support International LGBTQ social justice work.

The ultimate goal of Arcus’ Social Justice Program is to achieve dignity, safety, inclusion, and opportunity for LGBTQ people (i.e., people discriminated against based on actual or perceived Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, also referred to as SOGI) in the U.S. and around the world, especially those most marginalized. While not specifically noted in “LGBTQ,” support for intersex populations can be included in concepts under this call.

The specific goal areas of the Arcus Social Justice Program are the following:

  1. Increased safety in lived realities of LGBTQ people;
  2. Increased LGBTQ-affirming legal protections that promote full inclusion and equal opportunity; and,
  3. Increased social inclusion of and public support for LGBTQ people.

Grants will support work in the focus regions of East and Southern Africa with a specific focus on the following countries:

Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa

Within all countries in the above regions, and region-wide as well, Arcus will prioritize proposals focused on transgender people as well as faith issues that align with our three goal areas.

Concepts can include one or more focal countries or regions. Intermediaries, joint partner projects, and regional organizations can also propose work within the regions that include non-focal countries, as long as at least one focus country is included.

Funding priorities:

Arcus aims to select grantees which work towards their goal areas in ways that reflect one or more of these priorities:

  • Self-determination: efforts led from within the society or community they seek to influence, managed by applicants with open consultation of and accountability to local LGBTQ communities.
  • Authentic inclusion and leadership of marginalized communities in organizations. This includes but is not limited to staff leadership, decision-making power and/or Board representation;
  • Initiatives led by faith, trans, and other groups with less access to resources and who are marginalized within LGBTQ communities.
  • Concepts related to one or more focus countries within the Arcus-selected regions.
  • Cross-sector or cross-movement alliances working towards one or more of Arcus’ goals.
  • Work that increases the political power of constituencies to influence change through civic engagement and democratic participation.

Grants typically range from a minimum of US$50,000 to a maximum of US$100,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, for groups focused on one country; grantmaking intermediaries or larger multi-country partnership projects can exceed US$100,000 per year.