What we do

The Paul Cottingham Trust is a grant-making trust that provides support to organisations that champion LGBTQI equality and inclusion around the world.

Every day in the UK and around the world, countless individuals and organisations work to improve the lives of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Queer and intersex) people.

Many of them where it is illegal to be LGBTQI or where the community faces mass discrimination and violence because of their religion or belief, their ethnicity, their occupation, or for countless other reasons.

As a small Trust with modest resources, we look to support organisations that focus on delivering real change for the LGBTQI community on either a local, national or international stage.

Examples of just some of the organisations we have supported in the past include but are not limited to:

  • A safe house for members of the community in a country where it is illegal to be LGBTQI
  • Micro-Rainbow – Based in London, Micro-Rainbow provides accommodation and support services to LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Just Like Us – Nationwide, Just Like Us is a young people’s charity that works to improve the lives of LGBTQI people in schools.
  • 56 Dean Street – Supporting Dean Street’s Generation Zero campaign, which aims to create a free generation of men.
  • You can find some other organisations we have supported here

Through the Paul Cottingham Award, we also celebrate individuals and organisations that we believe have made a significant difference in the lives of LGBTQI people. Our most recent Paul Cottingham Award winner was Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, the Headteacher of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham.