The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is inviting letters of interest from organizations that are working to advance long-term, affordable, and sustainable housing solutions for BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+ people, particularly in the US South.
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQIA+ human rights around the globe. Rooted in LGBTQIA+ communities and movements, they work in strategic partnership with foundations, individuals, and governments to ensure that their resources reach the activists who need them most and who are best positioned to make transformational impact over time. To this end, they raise and distribute funds to programs and initiatives serving and led by BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+ communities.
Recognizing the exacerbated impact of housing insecurity for the BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+ community during the ongoing pandemic and the historic compounding impacts of housing discrimination, gentrification, racism, and transmisogyny. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation is also interested in projects centering land acquisition and long-term access to sustainable resources for BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+ people who have been impacted by housing insecurity, discrimination, gentrification, racism, and transmisogyny.
They are particularly interested in proposals that focus on:
- Creating long term, affordable and sustainable housing for BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+people–particularly in the US South.
- Projects purchasing or developing land in the pursuit of BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+ people who have been impacted by climate driven displacement, or are pursuing long- term community sustainability resources.
- Projects establishing new formal entities, such as Community Land Trusts, and creating everyday spaces with distinct spatial and aesthetic characteristics to BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+communities.
- Projects working to revitalize communities that have been subject to gentrification or are chronically under-resourced (Ie, places that have experienced natural disasters, rural communities).
- The proposed project can be at any stage of development, from initial ideation to a fully mapped out plan that is ready to be implemented.
- Grants ranging from $30,000 to $60,000 over two years will be awarded based on the proposals received, and can be a one-time payment or divided into two payments.
- They anticipate 6-8 awards being made during this cycle.
- Projects must be BIPOC 2SLBQTIA+ led and located in the United States or “US Territories.” (Including but not limited to Puerto Rico, USVI, etc)
- Priority will be given to work on Native Reservations, housing for sex workers, t4t led projects, re-entry housing, queer elder-led, and disabled persons work.
- Organizations should have a 501c3 status or be fiscally sponsored by an organization with 501c3 status. (If you are not fiscally sponsored, Astraea can work with you to find a sponsor).
- Priority will be given to organizations with budgets under $500,000.
For more information, visit Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.