Astraea Lesbian Foundation: International Fund for Sexual Minorities

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice began in 1977, when a small group of women created a multi-racial, multi-class, feminist foundation in order to address the lack of funding for women-specifically lesbians and women of color. They believed that even the smallest of gestures, when combined, could create, nurture and strengthen significant social change. And they were right. Grants are available internationally and in the US. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Their grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights. The new deadlines for 2007-2008 are in this article.

Today, Astraea is the largest lesbian organization in the world. They raise funds and issue grants based on the belief that all women can participate in the philanthropic process-from giving to grantmaking.

In the face of scant resources and at times, physical danger, Astraea grantees are fueling the movement for social change in villages, cities and towns around the world. A miniscule 0.3% of all foundation dollars is directed toward lesbian and gay issues. Astraea exists to fund these issues.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2008

Notification of Decision: June 30, 2008

For LGBTI social change and movement-building organizations based in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Republics, the Middle East, or Africa.

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