ACN LGBTQ+ Award for Nonprofits

Application Form

We're excited to announce a new initiative designed to support nonprofit organizations that work with or directly impact members of the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ EMPOWERment Award: Supporting Programs for Our Community is a first-of-its-kind effort by the ACN's LGBTQ+ EMPOWER Group, in collaboration with ACN allies.

After a review of submissions from interested organizations, finalists will be invited to a virtual business pitch session where they'll present their projects to a panel of nonprofit consultants. One finalist will receive a financial award of at least $1,500, along with six months of support from ACN-member consultants. Our team of experts cover every aspect of working in the nonprofit and social impact sector, and they'll be available for an established meeting schedule. All other finalists will receive one pro bono consulting session with a volunteer consultant.


Any nonprofit organization registered in the United States can apply. Applicants need to make a strong case for how the financial award and consultant support will be applied to an existing or new initiative positively impacting the LGBTQ+ community. For example, organizations might want to develop a new service area or program that brings direct benefits to LGBTQ+ populations, incorporate LGBTQ+ concerns into existing DEI efforts, launch a new outreach campaign to expand service to LGBTQ+ individuals, or revise existing documents to incorporate more inclusive language.

Application Process

The application process is simple!

1. Fill out this form, which should take less than 30 minutes. The deadline for completion is April 14, 2023. 
If you have any questions, email

2. You'll be notified about the status of your submission, including if the review team has selected you as a finalist.

3. Finalists will be invited to a virtual event where each finalist will have a set time to present their proposal and answer questions from a team of consultants with broad experience supporting nonprofits. 

You can also read more about this award on our blog. 

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