Since our Ball first began benefiting local charities in 1999, FNBMG has been able to donate more than $200,000 to a wide variety of organizations in the Greater New Orleans area. These nonprofits impact the lives of thousands of people every year. It is an honor to support them as we work together to build support, awareness and community.  We hope you'll join us as we help provide an array of services to the LGTBQ community.  

Supported Charities

Become a Supported Charity

If your organization would like to partner with FNBMG and be considered for funding, please review our Grant Application Guidelines below.  Our 2016 grants have been determined and will be distributed at our June 11, 2016 event:  "Adult Swim, Hot, Wet, and Oh-So-Bad."  However, we are actively looking for partner charities for our 2017 funding cycle and we look forward to getting to know you over the year as we build up to our next distribution of funds.

2017 Grant Application Guidelines


Friday Night Before Mardi Gras supports the LGBTQ community in Greater New Orleans by raising funds on behalf of other non-profit organizations. Recent beneficiaries have included organizations focused on HIV/AIDS services, suicide prevention, LGBTQ elder advocacy, youth empowerment and meal delivery for AIDS and cancer patients.  

As Friday Night Before Mardi Gras (FNBMG) expands the scope of its fundraising efforts, raising even greater sums for distribution, we seek to more formalize the process by which we identify deserving organizations, distribute funds, and engage these organizations on an ongoing basis.

FNBMG brings the LGBTQ community together with fun worthwhile events, while fundraising for LGBTQ nonprofits in New Orleans. We hope that our partnerships through Parties with a Purpose create cross promotion, allow for nonprofits to extend their outreach, and have fun in the process. 


To be considered for funding, organizations must meet the following basic criteria:

  • Organization must be a registered 501c3  (or have an approved 501c3 fiscal sponsor)

  • Organization’s mission and activities must support improving the health and well-being of the LGBT community in Greater New Orleans, and can focus on a variety of areas, including engagement, legislative reform, education, healthcare, and support.

  • Organizations must be dedicated to supporting FNBMG fundraising events and the LGBTQ community we seek to bring together. 


To be considered for funding, organizations will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent to participate.  Deadlines for the 2017 application process will be announced in early 2017.  Friday Night Before Mardi Gras will publicize this opportunity on its website, in social media, and through its relationships with the community.  We will reach out to previously supported organizations to invite them to participate and use this as an opportunity to engage relevant LGBTQ organizations in our community.  Letters of Intent are expected to be 2 – 5 pages in length and should contain the following info:

  • Organization History & Mission

  • Organization Leadership

  • Organization Contact Details – including name, email, and phone number of group leaders

  • Funding Request

  • 501(c)(3) status (or fiscal agent’s name and 501(c)(3) status

  • FY2017 Budget

  • Is funding general or programmatic?

  • Overview of Organization’s activities and programming, including a description of how FNBMG funds will be used

  • Description of how your organization will contribute to FNBMG fundraising events? (ie. donors, volunteers, venues, catering, auction items)


Questions?  Use this form to contact our Community Engagement Committee Chair, Zain Tewalthomas, for more information.

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