2017 GALE Fund Grant Application

Deadline: March 17 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT (Midnight) - CLOSED

This program is inactive or past the deadline.


The Cape Cod Foundation is pleased to announce an opportunity for grants through the Gay and Lesbian Equity (GALE) Fund. Through these grants we hope to raise awareness of and generate support for issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) community on Cape Cod and the Islands.

The GALE Fund was established at The Cape Cod Foundation in 1998, and its mission is to provide funding and other resources to organizations and programs that support the LGBTQ community.

The GALE Fund grants program encourages informed, relevant, collaborative, and effective programming about LGBTQ issues, responding to the most pressing needs identified by the community. Groups and organizations are encouraged to work together.

The GALE Fund is seeking proposals that include, but are not limited to, activities and programs focusing on: Equal/Human/Civil Rights, Youth and Elders, Health Care, Arts and Culture, and Education. Advocacy for LGBTQ at-risk community members is a priority. Programs addressing LGBTQ immigration are also welcomed.

Grants awarded by the GALE Fund typically range from $500 to $3,000, though we will consider larger requests for comprehensive proposals. We give special consideration to projects in which the people who are targeted in the proposal will have a voice in the process, from conception and design to implementation and evaluation.

Equal/Human/Civil Rights – Fostering a climate of acceptance and ensuring equal rights and opportunities for LGBTQ people of all ages and socio-economic levels throughout Cape Cod and the Islands. We encourage collaborative community education programs through the media and other forms of outreach, and programs that challenge people to be aware of the discrimination that happens on a daily basis.

Youth/Elders – Offering safety, counseling, and support for young people and elders through activities, education, mentoring, resources and opportunities to gather. We encourage projects that will foster resiliency and reduce suicide in our teen and elder populations. We are especially interested in programs that involve elders and teens in the design and implementation of the project.

Health Care – Providing services that are sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ youth, adults, and elders, with access to clinical and other settings that guarantee safety and respect. This includes substance abuse programs as well as projects designed to reduce transportation challenges for this population. Projects can target LGBTQ people or service providers who work with LGBTQ people.

Arts and Culture – Representing LGBTQ life to the mainstream community through theater, visual arts, music, or literature. We encourage programs that target the gay and straight communities together.

Education – Providing information and outreach to the larger community about the LGBTQ community, as well as programming to reach those who are isolated in the LGBTQ community.


Please complete the online application and submit by midnight on March 17, 2017. Grants will be announced within two months of this deadline.

•501(c)(3) public charities OR organizations serving a charitable purpose that are applying with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity
•Faith-based organizations; however, proposals will only be considered if: (1) services benefit all, regardless of religion; (2) service provided is not religious in nature; and (3) there is no proselytizing associated with the service
•Civic organizations (proposals must be project-based and of a charitable nature, and the organization must have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) public charity)
•Public and private schools, for projects that exceed the school’s budget funding (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that school)
•Other government agencies with project-based proposals (must have letter of support from the fiscal head of that agency)

• Response to a need in the community
• Capacity Building
• Collaboration
• Geographic Scope
• Innovative approach
• Ability to leverage resources (for the defined project/program)