The Calamus Foundation awards grants to qualifying charitable organizations for programs and activities that focus on services to the LGBT community that promote and support its formation, growth, identity, general well-being and social and legal rights, as well as programs and activities that focus on care and support services to individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The Calamus Foundation was founded in 1994 by Saul Kaplan.

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Read more about some of the projects we have supported.



The Calamus Foundation provides grants for new and ongoing programs and projects, general operational and administrative support, capital and building campaigns, and other unique and creative projects, with a special focus extended to programs that support underserved LGBT populations.

The Calamus Foundation will only make grants to non-profit, charitable organizations that qualify for federal tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No grants will be made for purposes of influencing legislation or elections or for any other type of political activity. In addition, no grant may benefit the individual requesting it. The Calamus Foundation does not impose a minimum or maximum limit to the amount of a grant.

There are no geographical limits for grant applicants, but if a grant is requested for international programs, the applicant must be a domestic United States entity tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Calamus Foundation makes annual grants and multi-year grants depending upon the size, nature and duration of the program involved. Multi-year grants may be disbursed in a lump sum or through periodic payments based on the satisfaction of prearranged benchmarks.  The Calamus Foundation does not limit the number of consecutive years that a grant-seeker may request or receive an award.

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The Calamus Foundation considers grant proposals by invitation only.  

A potential grant-seeker that believes its current or proposed programs or activities are consistent with the purposes of The Calamus Foundation should contact Executive Driector Brian O’Donnell.