Arcus Foundation

	<strong>In 2013, 168 grants totaling<br />
	more than $17 million were awarded to<br />
	organizations working to advance<br />
	social justice in the U.S. and around the world.</strong></p>


In 2013, 168 grants totaling
more than $17 million were awarded to
organizations working to advance
social justice in the U.S. and around the world.

© Antonin Kratochvil

What We Support

The creation of a more just and humane world, based on diversity, equality, and fundamental respect.


The Arcus Foundation’s social justice strategy aims to enable individuals and families of every sexual orientation and gender identity, race, and ethnicity to live their lives with dignity and respect, and express their love and sense of self wherever they are in the world.

Read about the strategy or download the brochure.

Discrimination, social exclusion, violence and persecution adversely affect millions of individuals whose sexual orientation and gender identity are seen as nonconforming around the world. The Arcus Foundation seeks to help overcome cultural and policy obstacles that are barriers to the full acceptance, respect and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 2013, Arcus awarded 168 grants totaling $17,913,030 to organizations working to advance social justice in the U.S. and around the world.

Apply for a Grant

If your organization’s work aligns with our values, priorities and EEO requirement, please consider applying for a grant. You can begin the application process here.


Grants Awarded

Search by keyword or sort by year, location or program to view Arcus Foundation Social Justice grants awarded since 2007.

(*Total excludes a one-time grant of $23,000,000 to the Arcus Center for Social Justice, Kalamazoo College)

Grant Forms

The Arcus Foundation is in the process of implementing a new software system for grantmaking and reporting, which will streamline and simplify work on both ends.

Grantee Resources

Helpful tools for Arcus grantseekers and grantees. 

  1. Arcus Foundation logos 
  2. Foundation Center's GrantSpace

Grants FAQ

Social Justice Grants FAQ Page

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New Project Financial Report Form

Please note that we have recently revised our Project Financial Report Form. Click here to see the new form.

Stories of Impact

Uniting for Social Change

Leaders from several Kalamazoo nonprofits have been given a unique opportunity to look beyond immediate needs and work for long-term change through the Arcus Foundation’s Michigan Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. Read more >>

Liberation through Religion: A Conversation with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s life traces the arc of the LGBT rights movement. Today, as the rabbi of the largest LGBT synagogue in the world, she is one of the country’s preeminent religious voices for progressive values. Read more >>