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About the Fund


Launched by the U.S. Secretary of State, the Global Equality Fund is a multi-million dollar public-private fund supporting civil society’s efforts to advance and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons around the world.

Specifically, the Global Equality Fund provides critical emergency and long-term assistance to advance and protect the human rights of LGBT persons in over twenty-five countries worldwide. Examples of ongoing programs include:

  • Small Grants: Leveraging the global reach of U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, local civil society organizations receive direct small grants to undertake short term projects.
  • Emergency Protection: “Dignity for All,” the Fund’s rapid response mechanism, provides emergency and preventive assistance to civil society organizations under physical threat as well as those that experience extreme harassment.
  • Capacity Building and Technical Assistance: The Fund builds long-term capacity through programs providing technical assistance to local and national civil society organizations.

With strategic support from the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP), the fund aims to act as a platform for cross-sectoral collaboration around global LGBT rights. Funding partners include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Governments of Norway, The Netherlands and France, the Arcus Foundation and the MAC AIDS Fund. Please click here if you are interested in partnering to advance the work of the Fund.


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