The Pride United Equity Fund, launched in 2021, is a new funding opportunity of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Funds were raised by Pride United, a group of LGBTQ+ leaders, allies, and advocates committed to addressing key issues that disproportionately affect members of the LGBTQ+ community. We give, advocate, and volunteer in issue areas in the Queer community that will drive measurable investment, change, and impact in our four-county footprint.
The Pride United Equity Fund: LGBTQ+ Urgent Need Grant opportunity is for the urgent needs of organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community.
- Organizations may submit applications of up to $5,000.
- Applicants do not need to be a 501c3 to be eligble for funding.
- No organization is eligible to receive more than $10,000 in funding from the Pride United Equity Fund per fiscal cycle (July – June). Funds received from this mini grant must be used to serve the LGBTQ+ community.
Each organization applying for LGBTQ+ Urgent Need Grants must answer "yes" to the following questions to be eligible.
- Does your organization serve Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and/or Washington County residents?
- Do the primary beneficiaries of the project proposed for funding identify as LGBTQ+?
- Can your organization demonstrate an urgent need for requested funds?
- Can the organization commit to spending grant awards within three months of receipt of award and providing a short impact report on the use of funds within four months of receipt of award?
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County unequivocally denounces racism and ethnic discrimination in all its forms because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities and is in direct opposition to what it means to Live United. We recognize that structural racism, ethnic discrimination, and other forms of oppression have contributed to racial and ethnic disparities that have existed in the past and persist in the present, and that we have an opportunity and responsibility to change these systems. We acknowledge those inequities are the result of policies and practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is committed to working with our community to end these inequalities. To accomplish this, we know we must engage our entire community, especially those whose voices have historically been marginalized, in support of the shared work for fortifying equity and empowerment. We will continue to work with public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging our assets to create more equitable communities.
To receive funding from United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, an organization must agree to the following non-discrimination policy:
Organization agrees that clients, staff, and membership on the governing board are served, employed, or appointed without regard to social or economic class, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation and identification, disability, special health care needs, race, color, national origin, or religion. Organizations with a religious affiliation must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance.
This application is now closed.
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2022 Application Timeline
May 2, 2022 – Applications Open
May 23, 2022 – Applications due by 11:59pm.*
July 1, 2022 – Grant awards announced
*Applications will be reviewed, and funding recommendations will be made by a volunteer selection committee. Committee members representing or affiliated with applicants will recuse themselves from related funding decisions.
Requirements of organizations awarded funding:
- Agrees to spend grant award as specified in the written application.
- Agrees not to use funds for endowments
- Agrees that clients, staff, and membership on the governing board are served, employed, or appointed without regard to social or economic class, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation and identification, disability, special health care needs, race, color, national origin, or religion. Organizations with a religious affiliation must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance.
- Agrees to report on the impact of United Way’s investment within four months of receipt of grant funds including the number of individuals impacted (if investment is programmatic) – Template will be provided.
Agencies awarded funding will be given an option to report on the following demographics that United Way collects.
- Age Groups: 0 thru 3, 4 thru 5, 6 thru 11, 12 thru 17, 18 thru 24, 25 thru 34, 35 thru 44, 45 thru 54, 55 thru 64, 65 thru 74, 75 thru 84, 85 thru 94, 95 and over
- Gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Non-binary/Genderfluid/Prefer to self-describe, Prefer not to say
- Household Income: $0 to $9,999, $10,000 to 14,999, $15,000 to $24,999, $25,000 to 36,999, $37,000 to $49,999, $50,000 to $74,999, $75,000 or more, Free and reduced lunch (if income data is not available)
- Racial Background: African American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Middle Eastern, Multi-racial, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Other
- Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino, Non-Hispanic/Latino
- Veteran Status (Do you now or have you ever served in the Armed Forces?)
- Zip Code of Residence
PDF of Application