Mission/Giving Statement: The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and interantionally. Its grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Human Rights; Movement & Network Building; Arts & Cultural Advocacy; Mobile Global
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Human Rights: Changing Laws. Political education. Monitoring police and government practices. What do these things have in common? This is the work Astraea grantee partners around the globe are doing to ensure Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) human rights protections.
Movement & Network Building: An important part of our work is to develop and foster alliances and relationships are the local, regional, and national levels. These interconnections lay the ground for sustainable global movements and widespread social change that prioritizes the needs of LGBTQI communities.
Arts & Cultural Advocacy: Astraea supports activist artists, writers, poets, cultural change-agents, and arts organizations who are unafraid to speak out for justice. We value their power to transform society by speaking up, offering true, diverse images of LGBTQI people and motivating us to continue even in the face of incredible odds.
Mobile Global: Astraea works to keep our grantee partners connected and keep resources flowing around the globe. We build regional and cross-regional relationships that break isolation. We help grantee partners develop shared agendas. We respond immediately to international emergencies.
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: Astraea makes US and International grants to both organizations and individuals. Astraea’s International Fund for Sexual Minorities supports groups, projects, or organizations working towards progressive social change which are led by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities and directly address oppression based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression. They do not fund organizations with noleadership of LGBTQI people or organizations with budgets of over $500,000 U.S. dollars.
Application Instructions: Appliciation instructions and application online.