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Arcus Foundation

Arcus Foundation







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The Arcus Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that supports organizations around the world working in two areas - gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender human rights; and conservation of the world's great apes.The foundation's Gay and Lesbian Fund supports organizations working to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and race. The Gay and Lesbian Fund supports organizations, programs, and projects working in the following geographic areas: in southwest Michigan and throughout the state of Michigan; nationally in the United States (projects must be of national scope and/or impact); and internationally, at the global policy level, and locally in three regions - Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.The foundation's Great Apes Fund supports organizations seeking to ensure respect and survival of great apes and their natural habitats. The Great Apes Fund supports organizations, programs, and projects working in the following geographic areas: the United States; in range states; and internationally.The foundation funds requests for general operating support; project support, including community organizing, training, and leadership development; specific programs; public policy advocacy campaigns; public policy research and its dissemination; capital projects; and organizational capacity building.United States applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations; non-U.S. applicants must have U.S. 501(c)(3) equivalent status.The foundation has announced a new flexible admission process for Letters of Inquiry and full proposals, with Letters of Inquiry and invited proposals accepted throughout the year. There will be four board meetings over the course of a year at which grant awards will be made. The foundation asks that all potential grant applicants contact the appropriate program officer four to six months in advance of the requested project start date in order to allow sufficient time for an invited proposal to be fully reviewed and a decision made. 12/12

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