Community Partner Grants
Building Community through Grants
The Community Partners Program is a beneficiary program open to non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. San Francisco Pride has been able to grant over $2.5 million dollars since 1997 to our beneficiaries thanks to beverage purchases and donations made at our event gates. Community organizations provide Pride with volunteers the weekend of the event, and, in return, Pride awards the organizations with a grant based on agreements appropriate for the areas in which volunteers are provided, be it donations or beverage booths.
San Francisco Pride's Community Partners Program is one of the many ways in which Pride is working to strengthen our communities. By partnering with community organizations, San Francisco Pride is building a strong future for the event while simultaneously investing in our community.
Broadly speaking, the opportunities for partnering with Pride fall into three categories: Beverage Partners, Donations Partners, and Accessibility Partners. Organizations who work with the Beverage Program will provide volunteers to operate beverage booths (beer, liquor, wine, water, and soda) at the event. Those working with the Donations Program will provide volunteers to collect donations at the front gates as people enter the celebration site and along the parade route. Finally, Accessibility Partners work with Pride to ensure the proper management of Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing spaces, our wheelchair-accessible Grandstands as well as other areas of the event with added accessibility features. Positions in the accessibility side of the Community Partners Program are limited.
Eligibility & Requirements
The Community Partners Program is open to any non-profit organization based in the nine counties of the Bay Area whose mission involves service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities, seniors, youth, bullying, housing advocacy, animal welfare/rights, people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or homelessness.
All community partners must commit to a minimum of 12 volunteers for working at the Pride event depending on the area for which the partner has been selected. All volunteers must attend volunteer trainings (number of meetings, dates and times to be set by Donations/Beverages management). Volunteer numbers may vary by area so be sure to check with your area coordinator during pre-event trainings.
In order to be considered, all community partners must provide a plan detailing how your organization will message its participation in the community partner program (for example/print/web, social media/email etc..) In addition, please be prepared to explain how your organization would benefit from being a community partner and how the value of this partnership would be conveyed to your stakeholders.
It is a condition that all staff provided by community partners are volunteers and 100% of the funds received by the Community Partners Program be applied to their purpose as specified in the mission statement of their organization. Subject to that, the funds may be applied in whatever manner and towards projects and/or running costs as the partnering organization sees fit.
An organization may indicate their preference with regard to being a beverage partner, a donations partner, and/or an accessibility partner when applying. While the San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee strives to accommodate indicated preferences, program capacity does not always permit us to meet these preferences in all instances.
Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.
Please email us with any questions that you may have regarding the 2015 Community Partners Program.