FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2020
As of today, May 21st, 2020, the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has received 64 applications, requesting minimally $96,350 in funds for relief for lifeline essentials in our second-round of grant applications.
Because of prolonged un(der)employment, applicants are requesting more assistance in this round of applications. Individual applicants have requested $1,505, on average—higher than the average request in our first round of applications. Among the current grant applicants:
- 97% rent their home
- 45% do not have health insurance
- 16% receive food assistance
- 66% have applied for unemployment pay
The second SF Queer Nightlife Fund grant application period opened on May 8th, 2020. Applications will be accepted until May 29th, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM PDT. (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/)
In our new fundraising cycle for our second round of grants, the QNF has currently raised approximately $41,000 from 465 grassroots donations, an average donation of $88.88. This is less than 50% of the need of our applicant pool so far.
The need for relief for Bay Area queer nightlife workers is great: The SF Queer Nightlife Fund needs sustained community support to raise enough to provide relief for shelter, food, utilities, and medical necessities for those who work in queer nightlife.
Those with the ability to do so can make a one-time donation or sign up to make a weekly contribution to the QNF to help sustain those who make the magic of queer nightlife happen here in the Bay. (www.sfqueernightlifefund.org/donate)