GSA Mini-Grants

Since 2010 this popular program has funded small projects sponsored by Gay/Straight Alliances or other nonprofit, youth oriented organizations – projects that would otherwise go unfunded in this era of scarce budgets.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • PFLAG’s Mini Grant Program funds small projects sponsored by Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs) or other non-profit, youth-directed organizations.
  • The project must be planned, directed and implemented by youth.
  • GSA’s must have a school or organization sponsor to receive funds. Sponsors may include a school’s student fund or Parent/Teacher Organizations with non-profit status.
  • The GSA or youth-led organization must operate in the tri-county region including Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties.
  • Projects must be completed during the school year. Funds awarded must be used during the school year in which application was made.
  • Awardees are required to complete a quick evaluation form once their project is done.

Grant Awards:

PFLAG Portland seeks to fund small projects. Mini-grants will be limited to $250.00 per organization per year. The number of grants awarded per year may vary.

Project Focus:

We support projects that increase the visibility of LGBTQ youth in schools and the broader community.

We are most interested in awarding Mini-grants that build partnerships between school clubs, or between school clubs and community organizations.

Approval Process:

The PFLAG Portland Board of Directors will review mini-grant applications each month at the PFLAG Portland Board of Directors meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Organizations will be notified of the approval or denial of an application within 5 business days of the Board of Directors meeting. Applications will be accepted for review until program funds are exhausted.

Use of Logo:

If you are awarded a grant, in addition to completing our evaluation form, we will provide and ask that you include our PFLAG logos in any printed materials you design.


Program Status

Accepting applications

Project Examples

Here are some examples:

  • A GSA and the Black Student Union club sponsoring a school-wide MLK Day of Service project.
  • A GSA and the school’s Amnesty International club sponsoring a day of silence event to draw awareness to the plight of LGBTQ youth in less tolerant countries.
  • A GSA engaging the county Health Department to donate funds towards the making an anti-bullying video for the school’s use (be inspired by Roosevelt High School's video below!).

But if your GSA wants to have t-shirts made for National Coming Out Day, please apply! We will consider every application that we receive.

Apply for a Mini-Grant

1 download the guidelines and example

2 download the e-application

3 e-mail the completed form to

Be sure to include “2016 mini-grant application” in the subject line of your message.

You may also print out the application form, complete it by hand, and mail it to:

PFLAG Portland
GSA Mini-Grants
PO Box 6743
Portland, OR 97208-6743

Applications must be received by the 4th Monday of the month to be considered at that month’s Board of Directors meeting. We strongly recommend that you email rather than mail your application for best service.