The SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF) is proud to announce that we are now disbursing grants from our second round of applications.
Between May 8th and May 29, 2020, we received applications from 174 nightlife workers, of which 152 met our eligibility criteria, and were awarded nearly $116,000 in sum ($763.00, on average)
Applications were evaluated anonymously by an internal team of steering committee members and then underwent an auditing process to ensure integrity. Grant amounts were determined based on need, relative to available funds, and all recipients are currently being notified.
Disbursing our second round of grants marks another milestone for the QNF in our mission to provide emergency relief to the SF Bay Area’s queer nightlife workers to sustain them during this pandemic. However, it is clear that there will be an ongoing need for support for workers who are out of work as a result of this crisis.
With this week’s announcement that bars and restaurants in San Francisco will be unable to re-open to the public, it remains uncertain when queer nightlife will resume in the Bay and when workers will be able to safely return to employment.
Meeting the ongoing needs of our community will require strategic action in order to support our vital SF Bay Area queer nightlife institutions and workers. The QNF Steering Committee is currently reviewing options for our next steps to provide needed resources and relief to keep Bay Area queer nightlife alive through this crisis and into the future.
At this point, the QNF has raised over $270,000, and we have established new community rituals to sustain our community during this crisis, including our online Quaran-Tea Dance. Our commitment to organizing events and serving our community remains strong, and we look forward to seeing you at future QNF events.
We wish you health and safety during this time.
The SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund Steering Committee