Announcing New Monthly Emergency Grants and Opportunities for Queer Nightlife Workers in the SF Bay Area

In the first months of the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund’s operation our practice was to accept grant applications in large batch “rounds” through which we have already distributed awards for round 1 and round 2 totalling $236,490. We are quite proud of that accomplishment. That process made sense at the time. But much has changed in recent months.

Weekly fundraising totals have declined as we vie for community donation dollars rightfully being given to other projects, organizations and causes. Plus, many have fewer dollars to give right now.

Because of declining fundraising dollars and because the previous timeline for accepting applications and granting awards was often a lengthy process, we are adopting a new, refocused model awarding emergency grants on a monthly basis.

Now, our Fund’s grant awards will specifically address emergency food and medical bill needs. Applications will be due on the 10th of the month. We will then review all current grant applications and determine where the greatest need exists and what we can offer based on the Fund monies available at the time. We will notify grant award recipients on the 24th of the month with the anticipated grant amount sent to the recipient by the end of the month. The maximum grant will be $500.

We will begin this new process immediately with the first application deadline September 10, 2020.

If you are a worker in SF Bay Area queer nightlife and have an emergency food or medical need, visit our Grant Application page on which you’ll find our guidelines for applicants and application form.

In a recent Evolving as the pandemic endures post, we explained our organization’s revised purpose. We feel at this point in time it is important to prioritize women, transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and all queer, Black, Indigeous, and people of color. While we still intend to provide resources and opportunites to the entire spectrum of workers in queer nightlife, we strongly encourage people in these too-often marginalized demographics to apply.

Those needing assistance with rent and utilities are encouraged to visit our COVID Resources page.

We also plan to continue to financially support queer nightlife workers by paying performers and others who help us to provide virtual events for the community. Historically, we have paid DJs, hosts, facilitators, and sign language interpreters for their contributions during our online Quaran-Tea Dances and other events. We plan to continue paying for such services and hope to find other ways we can directly pay those who help contribute to the success of our events.

As recently announced at out first Queer Nightlife Talks public forum, we are investigating ways to provide knowledge sharing and job skills development to empower workers in queer nightlife in multiple ways so that they can best survive what now appears to be a pandemic with little sign of subsiding in the short term. We hope to announce such opportunities soon.

We will continue our efforts to maintain community rituals and connection with our online Quaran-Tea Dances. The next Quaran-Tea Dance will be Sunday, September 20, 2020, 4pm-7pm Pacific. Please note that we have changed the time of Quaran-Tea to accommodate those people wanting to spend daytimes outdoors.

Historian James Clifford once said “Cultures do not hold still for their portrait.” This is true for queer nightlife culture too. Change is the norm and we must adapt. Our Fund hopes to help local queer nightlife evolve and grow in new ways so that we emerge from the pandemic as strong and vibrant as possible.

To keep awarding grants and providing resources and opportunities for struggling workers in queer nightlife, your donation would be apprecated. Visit our QNF donations page.

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