Contribute to the TravelGay LGBTQ+ Business Support Fund
Help support LGBTQ+ businesses via a TravelGay Discretionary Grant.
The TravelGay LGBTQ+ Business Support Fund has been set up to support small LGBTQ+ businesses rebuild themselves and reach new customers after the devastating impact of COVID-19 on businesses and sole traders globally.
Gay and lesbian bars have already closed. LGBTQ+ entertainment venues have not been able to host drag shows and cabarets. Massage therapists have been unable to use their well-trained hands to keep you relaxed. Gay saunas and spas have been unable to open because of social distancing protocols globally.
We believe that the LGBTQ+ local and international economy will bounce back strongly from summer 2021 and TravelGay wants to be there to support businesses through it.
If you have benefitted from TravelGay at any point in the last few years then we urge you to give generously to the TravelGay LGBTQ+ Business Support Fund. With your support and help, we can ensure that the LGBTQ+ economy continues to be a vibrant one that encourages new entrants and supports existing businesses to thrive.
By contributing to the TravelGay LGBTQ+ Business Support Fund, you will be helping venues and businesses access funds to directly support their business through a TravelGay Discretionary Grant.
Travel Gay is the world’s most visited LGBTQ+ travel website with over 50 million views a year. It is this scale and reach that enables us to ensure that we can have maximum impact on helping the community. Travel Gay has never asked its visitors to contribute to the running of the website and continues to be supported by a combination of affiliate revenue, partnerships and advertising revenues. All money contributed to the TravelGay LGBTQ+ Business Support Fund will go to help other LGBTQ+ businesses and venues and NOT to support the running of TravelGay.
Any business that is listed on TravelGay is able to apply for a TravelGay Discretionary Grant to enable them to restart their business in 2021, reach new customers or simply help them recoup some of their losses from the misery of 2020. We want LGBTQ+ businesses to survive and thrive.
Everything you contribute will go directly to helping support a small LGBTQ+ business in 2021 so please give generously.
We want to help support those businesses in any way we can to ensure that we don’t lose the vibrancy of the LGBTQ+ economy in years to come.
Examples of businesses that will benefit
A TravelGay Discretionary Grant can be applied for by any LGBTQ+ owned / managed business or a business that benefits the LGBTQ+ community. Some examples of this might be:
- a queer cabaret or drag show / act unable to perform because of COVID-19 restrictions / social distancing
- an independent gay bar that is at risk of closing because it cannot afford its rent because of COVID-19
- a massage therapist in Taipei who has seen their business dry up because international travel has ceased
- a gay sauna in Bangkok that relies on international tourism for its clients
- a LGBTQ+ tour guide who has been unable to guide tours due to COVID-19 restrictions
How and when will the fund be distributed?
The fund will start distributing grants on 1st January 2021 and all grants will be distributed by 31st May 2021. Travel Gay will publish a full list of those businesses that have benefitted from a grant on 31st May 2021.
All funds (minus transaction fees) contributed to the TravelGay LGBTQ+ Business Support Fund will be distributed to a selection LGBTQ+ venues and businesses who have applied for a TravelGay Discretionary Grant no later than 14th May 2021.
Grants will be made on a discretionary basis to businesses most in need of support that have a viable chance of surviving and continuing to thrive based on the details it provides to TravelGay in the application process.
Grants will be awarded by a panel of employees from TravelGay and funds will be released to businesses as soon as an application has been granted.
All money contributed to the TravelGay LGBTQ+ Business Support Fund will go to help other LGBTQ+ businesses and venues and NOT to support the running of TravelGay.
Are you a LGBTQ+ Business?
Find out more about how to apply for a TravelGay Discretionary Grant.