supported in part by:

ROUND TWO: Our October Relief Program applications will open on October 13.

About the Relief Program

The Charlotte Pride Community Relief Program is intended to act as a bridge to help our community handle lapses in support as they navigate their day to day lives and struggles. At the core of our organization’s mission is community. We want to be able to support our community as much as we are able during their individual times of need.

Inspired by our 2020 COVID Relief Program of mini-grants, Charlotte Pride has created this fund to offer direct support for our LGBTQ community in Charlotte. This program exists solely to benefit and uplift the LGBTQ community, especially those living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities.

As we know, LGBTQ+ folx are more likely to face barriers and hardship in their lives. This is particularly true for POC (people of color) and/or Transgender/Gender Expansive folx. As such, this fund is directly intended to help protect those individuals.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS RELIEF FUNDING?

Applicants must meet the following two qualifications:

  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or in some other way as a member of the LGBTQ+ community
    • The LGBTQ community, and especially those who are black, brown, and/or trans/GNC, are disproportionally impacted by houselessness and unemployment.
  • Reside in the city of Charlotte
  • Have a mailing address OR PayPal account to receive the relief funding.

Applicants must also meet one of the two following qualifications:

  • Be currently navigating houselessness or be at imminent risk of houselessness
    • “Houselessness” is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, such as living in a shelter or places not meant for habitation. “Houselessness” may also include temporary or transient living arrangements, including living with a succession of friends or relatives with no guarantee of a permanent living arrangement the following month (e.g., “couch-surfing”). “Imminent risk of houselessness” is defined as not having sufficient resources or support networks to prevent the immediate threat of losing a primary nighttime residence due to late rent and/or potential eviction.
  • Have been recently unemployed
    • Unemployment must have occurred within the last 45 days
    • Not be currently receiving unemployment assistance

HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?

Thanks to generous support of Foundation for the Carolinas and the United Way, we are pleased to offer two rounds of Community Relief in the amounts of $7,500 each – to be awarded in $500 amounts to qualifying individuals and families.

These amounts will be awarded to individuals dealing with one of two particular hardships: houselessness and/or unemployment. Individuals or families can qualify for one grant of $500 in either the August or October funding cycle award through the 2021 Charlotte Pride Community Relief Program.

HOW ARE APPLICANTS SELECTED?

Applicants will be required to provide brief statements and some items of proof to ensure the funding is able to get into the right hands. Please ensure you complete this application in its entirety so that our review panel is able to judge your application fairly. We are sorry that we are unable to support every request, but we are continuing to work to offer additional rounds of this Community Relief Program in the future.

HOW LONG IS THE APPLICATION OPEN FOR THE FIRST ROUND?

ROUND ONE: Our September Relief Program was open from Monday, August 30 through Monday, September 6. Applications will be reviewed over the week following, and all applicants will be notified of awards or rejections on Monday, September 13.

ROUND TWO: Our October Relief Program applications will open on October 13.

How to apply

Any eligible individual can apply using this application:
Applications are now open: Click here to apply

Donate to Support this Program

For those who have the means, you can donate now support the new Charlotte Pride Community Relief Program.

Click here to make a one-time donation.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Friend of Pride — as a monthly recurring donor, you can extend the impact of your gifts to support community programs and services like this throughout the year.

Individuals, Nonprofits, companies, and other organizations that would like to contribute one-time amounts of $500 or more, please contact Jerry Yelton at jerry@charlottepride.org.