Operational Support Fund
Helping Pride Organizations Who Need Us Now
One-time grants are available for unexpected costs and losses related to the COVID-19 virus. The first round of funding will be available starting on April 12. Applications can be submitted at any time as long as funds are available. A panel will review applications weekly and notifications will go out in ten-day cycles regarding the status of an application.
Steps to Apply
1 About the USAP Operational Support Fund
USAP has committed to support United States Pride organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAP will evaluate the need for future support, as additional funds become available.
Grants are available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that have suffered significant financial hardship from the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Applicants must be a Pride organization in the United States, with a primary mission of producing Pride events for their greater LGBTIA+ community, as one of its purposes or activities. Pride events may include a parade, march, rally, festival, arts festival, cultural activity, event or activity organized for people identifying as Lesbian, Gay Men, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and/or other emerging sexual identities.
You will need to complete a simple application and respond to questions about your need for funding, which was unforeseen prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Once you’ve pulled together your materials, the simplified application will take about 30 minutes to complete.
Public Benefit: Why It Matters
Our funding comes from those who support the Pride movement, and our mission is to reinvest these funds into the community. If awarded funds, you will sign an agreement with USAP requiring you to detail how your organization provides public benefits to the residents of your community.
2 Are You Eligible?
All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Any organization whose primary mission relates to producing Pride events (parade, march, rally, festival, LGBTQ+ arts festival, cultural activity, etc.) may apply for Operational Support funds. Your organization must be a current, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Funds are not available to individuals.
You must have a minimum 2-year track record of programming or activity as a Pride organization.
You must be located in and serving your community in the United States.
You must demonstrate a direct financial impact from the outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, including but not limited to: loss of income (e.g. ticket sales, admissions, earned revenue, or rental fees) or loss of opportunity (e.g. cancelation of events, including fundraising events; cancellation or postponement of programs).
You must not be a USAP volunteer, Advisory Committee, or Board member, serving as a USAP Operational Support Fund panelist during the period of review.
All eligible applications will be reviewed using the following selection criteria:
Financial Hardship: every organization will experience financial impacts at this time, but some will suffer acute financial hardship. Applicants are asked to clearly state the financial challenges they face, which may include but are not limited to:
Costs to comply with official social distancing policies such as additional cleaning, reduced capacity to allow reduced audience proximity, technology purchases to support online content or remote work of employees, etc.
Disproportionate reduction in 2020 revenue as the result of loss of income or opportunities between March 1 and December 1, 2020, as a direct result of a Pride event cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19 and as demonstrated in a program or event schedule and an adopted 2020 budget.
Limited or no access to credit, rent abatement, or other sources of COVID-19 relief funds from other funders or from local municipal government.
Current liabilities – credit, loans, accounts payable – that are equal to or greater than financial assets as demonstrated by a profit and loss statement.
Emergency: applicant demonstrates an emergency need and a timely use of grant funds. Applicants that demonstrate one or more of the following emergency circumstances will be given priority:
Imminent loss of organization’s space due to the inability to make monthly rent, mortgage, or utility payments as demonstrated by an eviction notice from the landlord, a notice of repossession from a financial lender, and/or a notice to cease service from a local utility.
The inability to make payroll through a government stay-at-home order, due to a lack of financial income or reserves as demonstrated by the difference between a current cash statement and the most recent payroll expenses.
The inability to pay healthcare premiums for employees due to a lack of financial income or reserves as demonstrated by the difference between the current cash statement and the most recent monthly bill from a healthcare provider.
Public Benefit: applicant offers substantial public benefit in a typical year. For USAP’s purposes, public benefit describes your organization’s efforts to make your events, activities, or programs more accessible to residents, particularly underserved communities. Examples include, but are not limited to, free or discounted tickets for students/seniors; scholarships to programs or free/discounted programs; outreach efforts to young audiences, seniors, communities of color, communities of disability, or non-English speakers; free or pay-what-you-can programs; etc.
Membership in USAP: Applicants who are current members of the United States Association of Pride will receive priority, however, membership is not required.
3 Helping You Succeed
We will make every effort to ensure equal access to services for all applicants. If you need assistance please contact us.
The application must be filled out online. We are available by email and phone to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You may find it helpful to review the narrative questions and other requirements. See the “Apply” section below to familiarize yourself with the questions you will be asked.
For general and technical support:
Form submission support:
Grant Payment Process:
4 After You Submit
Request For Applications Released: April 12, 2020.
Once you have determined that you are eligible for the Operational Support Fund and have submitted your application, you will receive an email notification letting you know whether or not you have received funding. Notices will go out in rolling 10 business day cycles.
USAP will first review all applications to ensure eligibility. We then will facilitate a panel review process of eligible applications on a weekly basis. The panel will review and score applications for funding recommendations.
Applications that are not funded within the weekly panel review will remain under consideration in subsequent weekly panel reviews as long as funding is available to grant and there will be no need to reapply during this time frame. However, applications from additional organizations will continue to be accepted as needs arise.
Contracts and Payment
If your application is awarded funding, the USAP Treasurer will ensure you receive a contract and they will help you access payment. If you are awarded funds we will ask you to verify your financial hardship and emergency with supporting documentation depending on your situation such as cash balance statements, profit and loss statements, and/or written correspondence between your landlord, financial institution, or utility provider.
What will be required if you are awarded a grant?
Acknowledge USAP as the source of support in printed and digital materials, signage visible to the public or in other ways appropriate to the project. We make appropriate language and logos available in multiple formats.
Some organizations receiving awards from USAP will be required to have general liability insurance coverage that names USAP as an Additional Insured on their liability insurance. Some contracts may require Non-Owned Automobile Insurance. A requirement for Additional Insured certificates will not apply to all grants.
Once you click “Submit,” your application is final. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.
What’s in the Application?
The application requires answering basic questions about your organization, your work in the Pride movement, and the community you work within and/or support.
You must answer several questions about your financial losses and other resources being pursued at this time.
You will be asked to answer the following questions in the application narrative:
Summarize how the COVID 19 pandemic has affected your organization and what is of most concern to your organization at this time?
Titles and dates of canceled events/activities (e.g., Festivals, parades, workshops, exhibitions, readings, screenings, fundraisers, meetings, etc.).
Financial impact—how much revenue has your organization lost between March 1, 2020, and the date of application submission? How much revenue do you anticipate losing between April 1, 2020, and the date the government stay-at-home order will be lifted? Please make clear what is actual (money already spent to develop or produce an event/activity) and what is estimated (money lost because the event/activity didn’t happen).
How would your organization use these grant funds from USAP?
What other sources of financial relief are you seeking at this time?
Describe the public benefit your organization offers in a typical year, what public benefit you are unable to offer due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and what, if any, additional public benefit you are offering during this time. (For USAP’s purposes, public benefit describes your organization’s efforts to make your events, activities, or programs more accessible to all residents, particularly underserved communities. Examples include, but are not limited to, free or discounted tickets for students/seniors; scholarships to educational programs or free/discounted educational programs; outreach efforts to young audiences, seniors, communities of color, communities of disability, or non-English speakers; free or pay-what-you-can performances; etc.).
You will request a specific amount of funding. The need for financial support during this time will certainly be greater than anyone can imagine. Given our limited resources, we will do our best to meet the needs.