Grants to LGBTQIA Individuals

As the upper Midwest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied regional community foundation, PFund Foundation recognizes that dedicated, connected and supported generations of LGBTQIA leaders are central to the resilience and health of our communities. Our grant recipients embody courage, resilience and commitment to catalyzing and building communities where LGBTQIA people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.

We award grants to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied individuals for their commitment to leadership within their communities. Individual grants support bold leaders pursuing:
  • Academic programs
  • Non-scholastic leadership development opportunities
  • Life expenses
  • PFund Foundation’s individual grants range from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Our 2018 grant cycle is now closed. Check back in the fall of 2018 for more information on our next grant round!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • PFund Foundation’s scholarship program is instrumental to regional LGBTQ student educational pathways.  
      Saby Labor
    • As someone who has been deeply involved with PFund as a grant recipient; as Pfund Interim Executive Director; and as a current board member, I am struck by the broad range of its grantmaking and scholarship programs and that is what energizes my giving to the foundation.
      Barbara Satin


    In the fall of 2015, the PFund Foundation Board of Directors adopted our Three Elevated Priorities. They will be used as a strategic guide for giving throughout our work. Preference is given to:

    Scholar Highlights

    PFund Foundation’s alumni network of 387 bold leaders’ represents the breadth and depth of our LGBTQ communities’ expertise, skills, and professions.

    M Adams

    Co-Executive Director, Freedom Inc.
    James T. Lerold Memorial Award

    Andy Anderson

    Activist, Augsburg College Student
    Quorum Scholarship

    June Kuoch

    Activist, University of Minnesota Student
    Miriam Weinstein Peace & Justice Education Award

    Naj Sengbloh

    Entrepreneur, Owner of Shift Forward
    Kerstin & Winn Wyman Memorial Award

    Tamara Jeanne Urban

    Activist, Vice President, TransAction South Dakota
    Nancy T. Kelly Female Writer Award

    Scholarship FAQ's

    1How can I apply?
    We require for you to fill out the online application form. You will need two letters of recommendation from people who know you and can tell us about your commitment to leadership in LGBTQIA communities. References can include mentors, community members, school counselors or academic advisors.
    2 Do I have to be enrolled at a post-secondary or academic institution?
    No. We also grant leadership awards to people invested in the LGBTQIA community seeking to develop their leadership skills, maintain their work as a community activist or organizer, or need financial assistance to attend conferences and workshops that will enhance their skills.
    3I chose a post-secondary enrollment option, what types of institutions qualify?
    All post-secondary institutions qualify including traditional four-year colleges and universities, technical and trade schools, and certificate programs.
    4Is there an age range you support?
    We support people across the age spectrum, 17 years of age and older. If you are 17, we do require parental consent for confidentiality and press release.
    5Do you host informational sessions?
    We host webinars, which are available to community members and educators who would like more information about PFund Foundation's scholarship program and application process. This will be a space to discuss what makes a compelling essay, how to ask for letters of recommendation, and what the review committee looks for when reviewing applications.
    6What is the selection process?
    PFund Foundation uses a community-driven review process to identify and recognize leaders. The committee is made up of LGBTQA and allied volunteers who diligently review applications, select finalist and recommend awards to the Board of Directors for approval. Once the Board approves the recommendations, we will notify all applicants via email and mail.
    7Important dates

    Scholarship application closes – Sunday, January, 15, 2018

    Applicants are notified of the final decision – End of March 2018

    Scholarship checks issued – Beginning of July 2018

    8Leadership Development Opportunities

    For question 11, we ask that you state the name of school or leadership development opportunity that you are enrolled in or are applying for. PFund Foundation's scholarship is not a school or a leadership development opportunity.

    Please look at the examples below:

    Normandale Community College, North Dakota State University, Human Resources Certificate, Certified Welder Program, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Creating Change Conference, Wellstone Action, etc.

    9Essay Questions

    We would like to reiterate that we run a highly competitive scholarship program and want to ensure that all applicants have the same opportunity to fully articulate themselves. Our essay portion - question 17-19 requires the equivalent of three-pages written. Each question asks for a minimum of 1,000 characters and a maximum of 3,500 characters, equivalent to 1 page written.

    10Letters of Recommendation
    You can find instructions for your letters of recommendation in the ‘Library’ tab of the application and also in the library section at the bottom of the directions. You will find instructions for you and for your references as pdf links.