About the Rainbow Fund

The Rainbow Fund was established in 2018 by alumnus James E. Gipson (C’66) for “degree seeking students at the College of Arts and Sciences who accept human equality and are active members of the Gay Straight Alliance or its successor organization and, in addition, LGBTQ+ programming at The University of the South.” 

The Rainbow Fund in Honor of Bishop V. Gene Robinson (C’69) provides secondary financial support for “out-of-the-ordinary or special needs,” such as emergency travel, non-routine medical and dental expenses, expenses associated with study abroad, expenses associated with career preparation, and other non-tuition expenses not covered by other sources. It is also intended to enhance LGBTQ+ programming on campus. The purpose of the fund is to promote the visibility, achievement, and overall advancement of the LGBTQ+ community at the University.

Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

Beginning in the fall of 2019, individuals who are full-time undergraduate students and active participants in Spectrum or Q&A house activities may seek funds on a rolling basis by completing this application form. Please note, funds are limited and repeat requests ordinarily will not be granted. Receipts will be required for reimbursement.

Student leaders of Spectrum and the Q&A House (GSD Alliance) may apply for funds jointly or separately to enhance their campus programming. Proposals from other groups will be considered in consultation with leaders of the GSD Alliance. We strongly encourage groups planning LGBTQ+ events to consult and collaborate with Spectrum and Q&A when possible. Proposals may be submitted via this application form on a rolling basis and must include a description of the program and detailed budget with justification. Preference will be given to programs that will have broad campus impact.


Please contact The GSD Alliance at: gsdalliance@sewanee.edu or Interim Associate Dean Betsy Sandlin at bsandlin@sewanee.edu