LGBTQ Funding Opportunities

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Social Justice

Astraea is a dynamic global foundation providing critically needed financial support to lesbian-led, trans, LGBTI and progressive organizations working for the human rights of women and LGBTI people. 

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation: Grants for Gay-Positive Arts Projects Based on, or Inspired by, History

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants to playwrights who submit full-length plays, screenplays, musicals or operas. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art. The playwriting competition is open for submissions from March 1st through June 30th. For more information on this and other grant opportunities, please visit the website. 

Campus Pride/Point Foundation: National LGBT Scholarship Database

Free online dynamic Campus Pride database provides LGBT and ally students with the largest, most comprehensive source of LGBT scholarship and funding resources in the nation. Individuals can find how to apply and search scholarships available at certain campuses, state by state, regionally or nationally. New scholarships may be listed by a campus or any funding organization by simply logging into the database. There are no charges to view scholarships or to list scholarships.

Colin Higgins Foundation

The Foundation's Youth Courage Awards are bestowed each year to remarkable young people who refuse to be silenced by societal norms and demonstrate profound courage in the face of hardship, intolerance and bigotry based on sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.  Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winners receive a grant of $10,000 and are honored during Pride weekend on an all-expenses paid trip to New York or Los Angeles. Also, each winner receives a trip to the Creating Change Conference to network and learn with other outstanding LGBTQ leaders from across the nation.

FinAid : Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students

A compilation of funding sources by FinAid.

Fund for Education Abroad: Rainbow Scholarship

Rainbow Scholarship eligibility: US Citizens, undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks (a minimum of 30 days)
Amount: Up to $10,000

Human Rights Campaign: LGBT Student Scholarship Database

HRC database of scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBT and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

LGBTI Travel Information

The U.S. Department of State recommends that you research your destination before international travel. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel, and legal protections vary from country to country. 

Minnesota Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trangender Education Fund Scholarship Links

Another compilation of funding sources.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) Scholarship

Deadline: ~early June
NOGLSTP eligibility: STEM students; Two $5000 scholarships will be awarded for the upcoming academic year. One $5000 scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one $5000 scholarship will go to a graduate/professional level student. Students currently enrolled at any U.S.-based college or university are eligible to apply. 

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National Scholarship Program

Deadline: ~mid-February
PFLAGNational Scholarships are available for high school gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) seniors, and students who are allies and supporters of the GLBT community and entering college. Currently offering three $5,000 scholarships, three $2,500 scholarships, and up to ten $1,000 scholarships. The Detroit Chapter of PFLAG is also offering three $500 scholarships to college students who are connected directly with GLBT issues

See also PFLAG Phoenix for multiple, local scholarships offered to GLBT students and in some cases to straight allies who have directly supported GLBT youth and/or the GLBT community.  One application enables consideration for all opportunities.

See also PFLAG Tucson for several $1,000 scholarships for LGBT persons from southern Arizona accepted to attend an institution of higher education.

Phoenix Pride Scholarship Program

Deadline: ~late March
The Phoenix Pride Scholarship Program provides scholarships to self-identified LGBTQ college students or dependents of an LGBTQ parent with financial need as determined by FAFSA and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Awards are $5,000 for the next academic year. Students should be currently attending an accredited school in Arizona; or a May graduate from a high school in Maricopa County accepted at an Arizona college for the following school year.

Point Foundation LGBT Scholarship Fund

Founded in 2001, the Point Foundation is the first nationwide LGBT scholarship foundation granting scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students of distinction. The mission of The Point Foundation is to provide financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Pride Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: ~mid-January
The Pride Foundation administers over twenty-five distinct scholarship funds. To be eligible, you must be a resident of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska). In addition to general scholarships for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied students, there are a number of specific scholarships targeting various demographics and areas of study. The scholarships range from $500 to $10,000. For more information, contact Randy Brians at The Pride Foundation, 1-800-735-7287 or via e-mail at randy@pridefoundation.org or visit their web site. 

Queer Foundation Scholarship Fund

The Queer Foundation Scholarship Fund is dedicated to improving the lives of queer youth, raising funds to provide financial and administrative support by offering $1000 scholarships to talented and gifted writers. The scholarships are open to anyone anywhere who hasn't yet graduated from high school and expects to attend college or university in the U.S. Winners of the annual essay contest promote queer studies to improve the lives of queer youth. Collected, the essays form queer-the-curriculum materials for use in high schools to benefit all LGBTQ students. Contact person: Executive Director Joseph Dial, Ph.D.; Phone: 206-999-8740; Email: queerfoundation@queerfoundation.org.

Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship

The Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship is a one-month fellowship offered annually, and is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT Studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply. The fellowship provides an award of $4,000, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The fellowship must take place between September and April.