Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund

The mission of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund is to cultivate one community that supports lesbian and gay individuals and families, with the belief that all people should be treated with equal respect and dignity in all facets of the community.

The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund (the Fund) was created to positively impact the underfunding of nonprofit organizations serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The Fund award grants to organizations that support the LGBT community, as well as bridge building initiatives that seek to cultivate alliances and support with the non-gay community in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

The Fund is a collective giving fund and endowment initiative of Foundation For The Carolinas, and contributions are tax deductible. Click here to donate to the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund.  

2015 Grant Cycle

The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund (CLGF) is pleased to announce its 2015 grant cycle.  Funding will be provided to the community in two categories of grants:

  • Programs, Projects and Events (PPE): awards up to $5,000 to support the creation of programs, projects or events that address the mission of CLGF, Cultivating one community that supports lesbian and gay individuals and families. These grants are open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations. Eligible organizations may apply for ONE PPE grant per annual grant cycle, requesting up to $5,000.
    Click here for additional information and the Grant Application Guide for Programs, Projects and Events Grants.

             Please visit our Online Grants Center to apply.

  • Basic Operating Grants: Provide unrestricted operating funds to build capacity of nonprofit organizations specifically serving Charlotte’s LGBT community.
    Click here for additional information and the Grant Application Guide for Basic Operating Grants.

               Please visit our Online Grants Center to apply.

An Applicant Information Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the YWCA, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte, NC.  This workshop is mandatory for new applicants and highly recommended for past applicants to help prepare winning grant proposals. The workshop will provide key information and answer application related questions.

Grant applications will be available online beginning January 5, 2015. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Foundation For The Carolinas recently launched a newly enhanced portal for applying for competitive grants online.  For 2015, Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund grants will be conducted through this new online application process.

We invite you to learn more about the new process through one of the following informational webinars. Registration is required and space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

  • Wednesday, January 7 – 3:00-4:00 p.m.Click here to register  
  • Wednesday, February 4 – 3:00-4:00 p.m.Click here to register 

For more information about the grant application process contact Lauren Evans at


2014 Grants

In 2014, the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund granted more than $100,000 to support Charlotte-area organizations serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and its community partners. For a complete list of 2014 grants, please click on the grant program name below.

Thank you to the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund Stakeholders whose gifts make these grants possible.


More Information

Please visit the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund at for more information about the Happening! and other upcoming programs and events in the LGBT Community. 



8th Annual Happening!

Please join us on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 for the 8thAnnual Happening! – a luncheon to raise awareness of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund and showcase the work or our 2015 grant recipients. Thank you to our sponsors and table hosts.

To become a sponsor or table host or to purchase individual tickets, please click here.

We would like to thank our 2015 Equality Presenting Sponsors, PNC and Wells Fargo.  



In the News

Equality Award Recipients Announced for the 2015 HRC North Carolina Gala
January 6, 2015

Local Philanthropy Supports LGBT Organizations
November 28, 2009

Lesbian and Gay Fund
Gets Gift

Philanthropy Journal
October 22, 2009

Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund receives $100,000 matching grant
October 7, 2009

Lesbian and Gay Initiative Looks to Increase Funding
Charlotte Business Journal
June 13, 2008

Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund Board of Advisors


Jeremiah Nelson, Chair
Jenni Gaisbauer, Immediate Past Chair
Steve Bentley, Vice Chair
Tim Bice, Treasurer
Lee Knight Caffery, Secretary
Kathy Barr
Barbara Bernier
Jeremy Carter
Mike Davis
Gina Esquivel
Lisa Gergely
Jeremy Hall
Tonya Jameson
Linda Lawyer
Josh Lemke
Darryl Logsdon
Todd Murphy
Tin Nguyen
Judy Seldin-Cohen

For more information contact:

David Snider
Vice President
Community Programs & Civic Leadership