The 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 Paul Elgood following the fundraising for the City’s ground-breaking AIDS Memorial, to provide a living legacy for the project.
The Rainbow Fund has an open scrutiny process to provide full transparency for donors.
The 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 MindOut, Lunch Positive, Allsorts, Sussex Beacon, Brighton Our Story, Older & Out, LGBT Community Safety Fourm, Pride Accessibility, Out In Brighton, The Justin Campaign, FTM and GEMS.
The Rainbow Fund also has a role in maintaining the AIDS Memorial should damage occur.
The Rainbow Fund is a registered as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (9138066) with the remit of:
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 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 Rainbow Fund is a volunteer, with no salaries, offices or overheads to fund out of donated money.