FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2020
As of 12:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (March 21, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $48,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
This figure includes over $45,000 in grassroots contributions through the SF QNF website (www.sfqueernightlifefund.org) from 346 individual donors, and $3,000 in pledged support from philanthropic or corporate donors. Each grassroots donor who has contributed has given, on average, $105 per-person.
The SF QNF has raised 23% of our current $200K fundraising goal to fund 200 grant-worthy applicants from the nightlife industry who depend on nightlife venues and events for their income. However, only 11 days remain to raise $154,824 to accomplish the SF QNF’s goal. We need community support to help those workers who have been laid-off from San Francisco’s historic and culturally significant LGBTQ nightlife industry.
In addition to contributions of support, the SF QNF has received as of 12:00 AM PST today (March 21, 2020) 166 grant applications through our online grant application (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/). Grant applicants have requested minimally $176,704 in relief in total. This is an average of $1,064 in relief requested by each applicant.
Among the current applicants:
- 97% rent their home
- 8% are a recipient of food assistance
- 39% do not have health insurance
- 17% have 1 or more dependents
- 69% rely upon their stated nightlife income as a sole source of income
Based on the anticipated need, the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund organizers have set a fundraising goal of at least $200,000 to adequately meet the needs of the 200 QNF grant recipients we currently expect in our application cohort (due: March 31, 2020).
Please contact the SF QNF organizers with any questions regarding this press release (firstname.lastname@example.org).