As the nation confronts the significant and unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Campaign for Southern Equality has created a rapid response grant round to quickly route funds to individuals, families, and community organizations across the LGBTQ South. The grant round will be distributed through CSE’s Southern Equality Fund.
This page houses information and a link to the application for Emergency Assistance for Individuals and Families in the Charleston, SC area. It is funded by our partners at We Are Family and is eligible for people living in one of the counties listed below.
If you don’t live in one of these counties click here to apply for an Emergency Assistance Grant from the general COVID-19 Rapid Response grant round.
Updates to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Process
Update May 21
The Campaign for Southern Equality has reopened applications for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program. Over the next month, CSE will disburse $125,000 in grants to LGBTQ Southerners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This adds to the $85,000 already administered through the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program in 2020. Please scroll down to apply.
Where Do You Live?
Our partners at We Are Family are sponsoring a number of Emergency Assistance Grants specifically for LGBTQ people living in the Charleston, SC area. If you live in one of these nine counties (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton,
How It Works
LGBTQ people in the Charleston, SC area are now able to apply for immediate financial support of $100. Applicants can use the funding for basic needs like groceries, rent/mortgage payments, prescriptions or medical bills, prevention supplies, and more. If you received an Emergency Assistance Grant in the first round, you are not eligible to apply in the second round.
We’ve made the funding application short and simple. Please note that the Campaign for Southern Equality team is working remotely and will be working to process grants as quickly as possible, on a rolling basis.
Criteria to Receive Funding
The following are required in order to receive funding:
- You must be a member of the LGBTQ community.
- You must live in one of these counties in South Carolina: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton,
Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, and Jasper.
- This emergency funding is designed to route funds quickly to people already experiencing the health and financial impacts of the pandemic and its secondary consequences, with a focus on people and communities who are at particularly high risk.
These priorities also guide our funding decisions:
- Individuals that are disproportionately vulnerable to the health risks of COVID-19, including senior citizens, people with immune conditions, and people with chronic disease.
- Applicants who are first responders, health care providers, and employees in the industries that have already been impacted by the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19.
- People of color, trans and nonbinary people, people with low incomes, and people living in rural areas.
Ready to Apply?
Please keep in mind that you once you start your application, you are unable to save your progress. To make it easier to prepare your application ahead of time, please see the application questions below. When you’re ready, click here to apply.
APPLICATION QUESTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)
- First Name
- Last Name
- Street Address
- Zip Code
- Where are you based?
- Your role in your organization
- If you receive a grant, how should a check be made out (name of individual)?
- Check should be mailed to: (street address, city, state, zip):
- How would you use the $100 emergency grant?
Options; meals/groceries, medication or other healthcare needs, rent
- Demographic information (Optional): Gender identity, sexual orientation, race
- How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted you?
- Please check this box if your income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
The Campaign for Southern Equality is grateful for our partner organizations and donors across the South who are helping to support the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round.
Big thanks to We Are Family for funding this grant round with $3,500 in Emergency Assistance Grants to LGBTQ people living in the Charleston, SC area. Thank you also, for their support of the Southern Equality Fund and the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program, to foundations including Arcus Foundation, Freeman Foundation, Laughing Gull Foundation, Amy Mandel Fund, the Out in the South Initiative of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. And thanks to other supporters of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round, including Gender Benders, Southern Vision Alliance, and Blue Ridge Pride.
Return to Southern Equality Fund program page to see all components of SEF, including grassroots training webinars, spotlights on grantees, and more.
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