The mission of the Atlanta Pride Committee, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to advance unity, visibility, and wellness among LGBTQ+ people in metro Atlanta and across the South. Since we began more than fifty years ago, we have believed that this work cannot be done without the partnership of other organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in and beyond Atlanta.

For over a decade, Atlanta Pride has invested funds into community organizations that provide services and programs aligned with our mission. In 2024, Atlanta Pride's grantmaking initiative, Pride Across the Peach State, will focus on uplifting, supporting, and amplifying the efforts of local Pride organizations across the State of Georgia. These organizations embody the "grassroots'' of our community. Especially in the current political and cultural climate that is increasingly hostile to LGBTQ+ people, local Pride organizations need resources to elevate and sustain the vitally important work they do with and for their local communities.

Funding Opportunity
This year, Atlanta Pride seeks to build the capacity of local Pride organizations to host festivals and events for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies in Georgia to connect with one another, celebrate diversity, build resilience, and promote inclusion. We will prioritize community-led and grassroots organizations that generally do not have access to mainstream funding sources.

Pride Across the Peach State will fund local Pride-organized activities across the State of Georgia that:

  • Promote LGBTQ+ arts, culture, history, and music.
  • Create opportunities for LGBTQ+ communities to connect with each other.
  • Celebrate the incredible diversity of LGBTQ+ communities across Georgia.
  • Raise awareness to combat LGBTQ+ discrimination and injustice.
  • Enhance the long-term sustainability of organizations producing LGBTQ+ festivals.

Atlanta Pride will award grants of up to $5,000 to local Pride organizations to host festivals and events serving LGBTQ+ communities and their allies. By supporting these LGBTQ+ gatherings, Atlanta Pride aims to:

  • Strengthen social connection and cohesion among LGBTQ+ people.
  • Bolster LGBTQ+ community networks and civic participation.
  • Celebrate LGBTQ+ arts, culture, history, and music across Georgia.

The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available here.


What activities will we fund?

The following are examples of activities that this initiative will support:

  • Events and festivals celebrating LGBTQ+ community arts, culture, history, and music
  • Events that promote LGBTQ+ intersectionality
  • Community capacity-building events that connect diverse communities and allies
  • Events that promote a greater understanding of LGBTQ+ issues and address homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and discrimination in community settings

What activities will not be funded?

The following activities will not be eligible for support:

  • Activities that do not align with the program's principles and goals
  • Activities that promote or are held for politically partisan purposes
  • Invite-only or members-only events
  • Ticketed events where the cost of admission exceeds $10 a person
  • Activities that take place outside the State of Georgia
  • Activities occurring outside the funding period
  • Salaries for staff (not including event-specific staff contracted for the project period)
  • Purchase of alcohol
  • Travel expenses
  • Funding for events or projects that are already complete

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, you must be an organization based in the State of Georgia that is a registered 501(c)(3) organization (or has a fiscal sponsor) and serves the LGBTQ+ community. We will prioritize funding for organizations with annual budgets of $100,000 or less. Review the full RFP for detailed criteria.

Important Dates

  • March 1, 2024 - Application portal opens for Letter of Inquiry
  • March 20, 2024 (3:00 - 4:00 pm ET) - Virtual information session on application criteria and process
  • [Register here]
  • April 1 (by 11:59 pm ET) - Deadline to submit Letter of Inquiry
  • April - Applicant organizations that appear to be a good match will be invited to meet virtually with the Grants Committee to discuss their applications
  • May - Capacity-Building Grants announced
  • November 30 - Deadline to expend all grant funds
  • December 31 - Deadline to submit final impact reports and financial reports
Atlanta Pride plans to convene representatives from the grantees for a learning, networking, and resource-sharing event in November or December.

Take Action

Remember to complete your Letter of Inquiry by 11:59 pm ET on April 1, 2024.

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