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What is the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado?

The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado was established in 1996 to reflect the fact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Coloradans are committed to Colorado’s great quality of life and its future. We believe that Colorado is made stronger when it welcomes and includes all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender expression.  We rededicate ourselves to this important work everyday by providing nonprofits, civic organizations, government agencies and businesses with the wide variety of resources they need to be successful and inclusive.

Over the years, the Gay & Lesbian Fund has invested over $27.6 million in hundreds of high-impact nonprofits that better the quality of life for all Coloradans by providing important arts and culture, civic participation, healthy families, and public broadcasting programs. The fund does not provide funding to organizations that exclusively serve the LGBT population.

The Gay & Lesbian Fund is a program of the Gill Foundation.

How does the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado get its money?

As a program of the Gill Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Fund receives its yearly budget allocation from the foundation. The Gill Foundation has an endowment and does not solicit contributions.

Grants made by the fund must go to nonprofit organizations that have an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity status and adhere to a nondiscrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation and gender expression. Grants cannot be used for private or political purposes.

Welcome to the website for the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado

We’d like to update you on some important news.

In 2012, we announced we would take a break from all new Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado grantmaking to undergo a strategic reevaluation. As of December 2012, we are nearing the end of this reevaluation period and a focused branding evaluation.

Due to exciting changes in the fund’s grant program areas, the content available on this website is now outdated. We will be closing this website and incorporating Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado updates into the Gill Foundation’s website by April 2014.

Going forward, the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado will now encompass all previously-existing Colorado programs and grants of the Gill Foundation, as well as a new program area in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.* The foundation’s six Colorado program areas that will be known as Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado grants are:

Five previously existing and well-defined grant program areas of Gill Foundation:

  • Colorado safe and inclusive schools that prevent bullying and harassment
  • Colorado progressive civic engagement and communications grants
  • Colorado public broadcasting grants
  • Colorado HIV services
  • Colorado lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) services and advocacy

One new grant program area:

  • Colorado science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education

* Our new STEM strategy will be refined over the course of the next 18 months.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting any unsolicited letters of interest or grant applications.

We are excited for this next chapter with the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado and believe that we can have an even greater impact in building a better Colorado together. Please check the Gill Foundation’s website in late 2013 for any grantmaking updates: www.gillfoundation.org.