Solidarity Fund

Solidarity is at the core of the Pride movement, and EPOA members have for a long time shown solidarity with each other, as well as with non-member organisations. In 2016, the AGM in Montpellier decided to create a Solidarity Fund, and that a portion of all membership fees should go to the Fund.

Purpose

The EPOA AGM provides an opportunity for its members to meet and network, to share experiences and best practices, and to be strengthened in their Pride engagement. EPOA places great importance on having diversity in representation at the AGM. However, EPOA recognises that not all members have an equal financial opportunity to attend the AGM. Therefore, a majority of the Solidarity Fund will go to scholarships to the EPOA AGM, to provide support to members that would otherwise not be able to attend the AGM for financial reasons.

The Solidarity Fund can also award small grants to members that need additional funding for public actions or events that seek to promote awareness and a better understanding of the LGBTI communities.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to all EPOA member organisations. Organisations that are not EPOA members can easily become a member and thus be eligible to apply.

1. AGM scholarships

  • Scholarships will be given for participation at the EPOA Annual General Meeting, and can be used to cover registration fee, travel expenses and accommodation.
  • Only EPOA member organisations can apply for the scholarship, not individuals.
  • The scholarship will only cover a part of the costs of participation, so the applicant must be willing to contribute financially. The scholarship will cover maximum 75 % of the total costs, but depending on available funds in the Fund and the number of applicants, the size of the scholarship may vary.
  • An organisation that has submitted a bid for or holds an actual license to host EuroPride is not eligible for scholarships.

How to apply for AGM scholarships

To apply for an AGM scholarship, the member organisation must submit a written application to the EPOA Board, no later than six weeks prior to the AGM. Please send the application to human.rights@europride.info. The application must include the following information:

  • The reason for applying for the scholarship.
  • Information about the member organisation’s latest Pride event, including participation, program and support from the municipality, region or government.
  • An overview of the total estimated costs for participation in the AGM, including registration fee, travel expenses, and accommodation costs.
  • Confirmation of ability to contribute financially to cover the remaining costs if a scholarship is granted.

The decision to approve an application for scholarship is made by the EPOA Board.

If a scholarship is granted the participant must submit a written report to the Board on their participation and experience of the AGM. The report shall be submitted no later than two weeks after the AGM.

2. Project applications

The Solidarity Fund will award small grants to community-based activities or events, with a focus on places where public LGBTI events face challenges and hostility. To be eligible for a grant, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects must support specific local events and activities that support LGBTI communities, with a preference to local Pride events.
  • Projects must be time-limited, such as political marches, parades, community gatherings, workshops/seminars, and film festivals.
  • Project funding is allowed to cover costs such as staff time, advertising, space or equipment rentals, registration fees, purchase of materials.
  • The project funding will only cover a part of the costs of the project, so the applicant must be willing to contribute financially. The grant will cover maximum 75 % of the total costs, but depending on available funds in the Fund and the number of applicants, the size of the grant may vary.

As the Solidarity Fund has limited funds, smaller projects will have greater success in being approved. Applications of more than 1000 euros will not be considered.

Grants will not be given to:

  • Ongoing operational costs of the member organisation
  • Ongoing program costs of the member organisation
  • Capacity building or training
  • Paying off organisational debt

If a project is awarded a grant, the organisation must submit a written report to the Board of the project/event. The report shall be submitted no later than 30 days after completion of the event.

To apply for a grant or to make an enquiry, please email Fenia Kirkmali, Human Rights Coordinator at human.rights@europride.info.