The Brighton Rainbow Fund is a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations.
It was set up by Gscene editor, James Ledward and Lib Dem Councillor Paul Elgood following the fundraising for the City’s ground-breaking AIDS Memorial, to provide a living legacy for the project.
The Brighton Rainbow Fund has an open scrutiny process to provide full transparency for donors.
The Brighton Rainbow Fund has benefited from a range of high profile events and activities. Most of the leading local LGBT bars, clubs and groups have actively supported the Fund at some point.
Over the last five years, a range of local groups have benefited from the Fund, including Accessibility Matters, Allsorts Youth Project, Blueprint 22 Youth Project, Brighton GEMS, Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard, Brighton Our Story Project, Clare Project, FTM, LGBT Small Groups Network, Lunch Positive, MindOut, Older & Out, Peer Action, RadioReverb, Rainbow Chorus, Rainbow Families, Sussex Beacon, The Justin Campaign, Trans Alliance and Trans Can Sport.
The Brighton Rainbow Fund also has a role in maintaining the AIDS Memorial should damage occur and for storing, maintaining and displaying The Brighton Hankie Quilt.
The Brighton Rainbow Fund is a charity registered with The Charity Commission ( number 1181116) with the remit of:
- to maintain The Brighton Hankie Quilt”
- allocating grant funding to Brighton & Hove-based LGBT and HIV voluntary sector groups;
- maintaining the AIDS Memorial;
- and to support community development within the local LGBT and HIV sector.
The Brighton Rainbow Fund holds a main grants round each year, where decisions on allocating grant funding are made by an Independent Grants Panel.
Everyone at The Brighton Rainbow Fund is a volunteer, with no salaries, offices or overheads to fund out of donated money.