“Contigo” means “with you” in Spanish. For all those affected by the Pulse tragedy -whether physically present at the club or otherwise- we want them to know: Estamos Contigo – We’re With You.
GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION 2021
Contigo Fund releases requests for proposals annually in the first quarter of the year for both Contigo’s regular grants cycle and for the All Black Lives Fund. The next round of requests for proposals will be announced in early 2022.
Contigo also regularly holds special rapid response grantmaking rounds to bring resources to our communities in response to emerging crises, challenges, and opportunities. We are currently accepting proposals from LGBTQ+ organizations for our COVID-19 relief fund – please click here for more details.
Please watch this website for announcements of future grant opportunities and contact us at [email protected] to receive more information about future requests for proposals.
The Contigo Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of Proteus Fund, was launched in response to the tragic act of hate that occurred at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub targeting LGBTQ and Latinx individuals, immigrants, and people of color. Contigo Fund is an effort focused on long-term solutions to bring meaningful, transformative and lasting change to these Pulse-affected communities in Central Florida. We believe supporting the most marginalized and oppressed brings our full community closer to justice and liberation.
We financially support organizations – including emerging organizations that lack access to philanthropy – that are working to heal, educate and empower LGBTQ and Latinx individuals, immigrants, and people of color, as well as those working to end all forms of bigotry. We support our grantees’ vision with resources, trainings, and opportunities to build community with each other.
A top priority for Contigo Fund was creating an accountable and transparent grant distribution process led by the local community. We’ve accomplished this by identifying and recruiting a Community Advisory Board to guide our strategic direction and the distribution of our annual grants cycle. The Contigo Fund Advisory Board is made up of 12 remarkable local leaders in Orlando that were directly and deeply impacted by the Pulse tragedy and highly reflective of this community’s diversity, including representatives of the LGBTQ and Latinx, transgender, Black, undocumented and rural communities. Similarly, Contigo formed a Community Advisory Committee to guide the All Black Lives Fund in its grantmaking. The Committee is made up of nine diverse, trailblazing LGBTQ+ Black community leaders working for racial justice and LGBTQ+ justice in Central Florida.
Executive Director Marco Antonio Quiroga is based in Orlando and works closely with our Community Advisory Board, the All Black Lives Fund Community Advisory Committee, and other community-based committees to manage our grant processes to distribute funds. For any questions regarding the Contigo Fund and its grant program, please email Marco Antonio Quiroga at [email protected]