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Apply to become a Rising Stars Grant recipient at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

February 21, 2019

GLAAD announced today that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Rising Stars Grants at the GLAAD Media Awards.

The GLAAD Rising Stars Grant Program celebrates young people’s commitment to accelerating LGBTQ acceptance within their communities and culture at large.

Grants are offered to support young people who are leveraging media to move hearts and minds and create change. The recipient will receive $5,000 to further fund their work and initiatives and will be honored at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles or New York City on Thursday, March 28th and Saturday, May 4th respectively. Hotel and travel accommodations included.

To become a recipient of the Rising Stars Grant, applicants must complete the online application form located on, and submit a short essay. The essay should explain how you would use this grant to create or improve a program in your community and include how and in what ways you would use the media to amplify mission and increase the initiatives’ impact. The grant is available to a person or team of people and applicants can apply as individuals or as a team. Applications are due Sunday, March 10th, 2019 by midnight PST.

*Applicants must be available to travel to Los Angeles, CA for the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, March 10th, 2019; and/or New York, NY on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Applicants are asked to hold the following dates on their calendars (3/27/19 - 3/29/19 and 5/3/19 - 5/5/19).

This is the 3rd annual Rising Stars Grants at GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles and New York. Previous grant recipients at those events had the opportunity to meet with celebs like Ava DuVernay, Troye Sivan, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jazz Jennings, and more to speak about LGBTQ advocacy. Highlights from the 2nd annual celebrations in Los Angeles and New York ceremonies can be found here and here.

Former Rising Stars Grant recipients have been honored for their thoughtful work to address many issues facing their local communities, including: eliminating stigma experienced by undocumented queer youth through social media campaigns, increasing diversity of performers on college campuses by funding transgender entertainers and speakers, fostering conversation around diverse representation in entertainment through a digital journalism project, and more!

Rising Stars Grant Recipient, Gio Bravo. Getty Images for GLAAD, 2018.

The details:

A GLAAD-appointed committee will select recipients based on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s initiative positively affects marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQ people.
  • Applicant’s initiative uses media advocacy to enhance representation for LGBTQ people.
  • Applicant’s initiative uses an intersectional approach to LGBTQ advocacy.

Key dates for applicants:

  • Tuesday, February 19th, 2019: Applications available.
  • Sunday, March 10th, 2019: Applications due by midnight PST.
  • Monday, March 18th, 2019: All applicants are notified of status; recipients notified
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2019: Select Rising Stars Grant recipient to attend GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
    • OR
  • Saturday, May 4th, 2019: Select Rising Stars Grant recipient to attend GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.

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