Consortium launches new grant programme to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ (LGBT+) groups across the UK (applications may be made at any time)

Consortium, a national specialist infrastructure and membership organisation that works to strengthen and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ (LGBT+) groups, organisations and projects so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights, has announced a new grants programme for the diverse organisations that make up the LGBT+ sector across the United Kingdom.

Supported by the National Emergencies Trust, a total funding pot of £350,000 is available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects.
Grants are available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19 and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Grants up to £15,000 will be available to UK organisations. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.
Please note – there are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded, so early application is advised.
Eligibility Criteria

o Any UK based non-profit group, organisation or project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people is welcome to apply.
o Organisations applying must have Objects in their constitution specifically outlining their support of LGBT+ communities and/or be clear in their public facing materials (e.g. website) that their existing work proactively engages LGBT+ people or communities.
o Applicants do not need to be a Member of Consortium to be eligible to apply.
o Previous Futures Fund grantees and current Intersections Fund grant holders are eligible to apply
o Organisations must be fit for funding. This means having good governance, appropriate financial management in place and high standards of safeguarding for staff, volunteers and those using their support or services. As part of the application checks organisations are required to show they have the following:
> A governing document e.g. a constitution.
> Two or more unrelated trustees, board members or directors.
> Able to provide a correspondence address.
> Relevant Safeguarding & Diversity & Inclusion Policies.
> A bank account in the organisations name, or be able to nominate a registered charity that will hold a grant in trust for them.

For further information, visit the Consortium website.