London Community Foundation suspends grant to LGB Alliance

Funder said it took the decision because the alliance's charitable status is being challenged

The London Community Foundation has suspended a grant to the LGB Alliance, following online criticism of the decision.

The grant would have come through funding from an Arts Council England scheme.

But the LCF said in a statement today that it had become aware that the charitable status of the organisation was being questioned, and that suspending a grant was “in line with our usual practice where a grantee is under investigation or review”.

The LCF awarded the LGB Alliance £9,400 to fund its film 'Queens – 70 Years of Queer History’ at the end of last month. The project was one of 73 initiatives to receive a share of £621,041 from the LCF as part of ACE’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee this year.

Following the announcement of the funding allocations earlier this week, both LCF and ACE were the subject of criticism on social media, with several Twitter users describing the LGB Alliance as an anti-trans hate group and questioning what due diligence had been done before the grant was awarded.

The LGB Alliance, which describes its mission as “to advance lesbian, gay and bisexual rights”, was set up in 2019 by a group of activists and former supporters of the LGBT+ charity Stonewall, who were opposed to Stonewall’s work on trans rights.

The alliance registered as a charity in April last year, but the Charity Commission decision to register it is currently subject to an appeal at the Charity Tribunal. The case is due to be heard in September.

The appeal has been funded by crowdfunder launched by the transgender youth charity Mermaids and non-profit campaign organisation the Good Law Project. The LGB Alliance is also crowdfunding to fight the case.

In a statement issued today, the LCF said: “On 30th March 2022, following a standard application review and due diligence, LCF awarded LGB Alliance a grant for its 'Queens – 70 Years of Queer History' as part of the Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

“As of today, we have become aware that the charitable status of the organisation is being questioned. In line with our usual practice, where a grantee is under investigation or review this grant is suspended.”

The LGB Alliance did not respond to Third Sector’s request for comment.

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