Community Grants & Giving

San Diego Pride giving check to community members

San Diego Pride is a 501c3 nonprofit and one of the most philanthropic Pride celebrations in the world. With funds raised through annual festival revenue, we seek to advance our mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.

In addition to our own year-round education and advocacy programs, our philanthropic efforts include an annual Pride Community Grant cycle that has distributed nearly $3 Million to LGBTQ-serving nonprofits whose programs seek to strengthen the LGBTQ community.

Applications for Pride Community Grants are currently closed. Pride Community Grant applications will re-open in October 2024.


We give funding priority to LGBTQ+ programs directed toward serving marginalized communities, including:

  • Youth
  • People of color
  • Transgender people
  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Seniors
  • Women

Preference will be given to projects that align with our Pillars of Justice platform, center the voices of the community members being served, and address the unique challenges of community members living at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. We do fund general operating costs.

Things we will not fund:

We do fund general operating costs.

San Diego Pride does not fund the following types of projects or initiatives:

  • Direct donations to individuals for personal support
  • Political campaigns
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • Support for fundraising galas
  • Funds for Endowments
  • Organizations with budgets over $1 Million
  • Programming that does not center LGBTQ+ individuals (50% or more)


Who is eligible to apply?

  • LGBTQ+ serving organizations, groups, and/or coalitions that are providing direct services or programming in line with Pride’s mission.
  • U.S.-based applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Programs funded through Pride Community Grants should be completed during the 2024 calendar year.

Can I get help with my application?

Yes! You can reach out to San Diego Pride’s Grant Writer, Nicole Verdes: [email protected]

Presentation of grant check

Click on the links below to learn about grant recipients from previous years.