Debra I. Moore Grant for the Arts

The Debra I. Moore Grant for the Arts supports cis and trans lesbian artists working in any medium or genre, including visual artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, filmmakers, playwrights, performance artists, designers, and others. We are particularly interested in supporting a diverse range of lesbian artists.

Named after artist, filmmaker, philanthropist, and L-Fund supporter, Debra I. Moore, the grant seeks projects that further The L-Fund’s ideal of a future in which lesbians, in all their diversity, are free and openly able to express the full range of their talents, identities, and potential. We recognize the arts as a unique and powerful conduit through which to realize this ideal. After all, art, in all its varied forms, is defined by its unique capacity to push us beyond the conditions of the present, the mundane, and the conventional, and to inspire within us a renewed understanding of our shared human condition. 

Areas of assistance include but are not limited to:

  • Art supplies
  • Books
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Tuition
  • Travel 
  • Research 
  • Application fees
  • Professional memberships
  • Applicants must reside in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas.

To apply:

Applicants who are interested in financial assistance for their art can fill out a simple introductory application HERE  or call The L-Fund office at 760-304-8487.  Someone will contact you within 48 hours of contacting us and provide you with the full Grant for the Arts application.

Applicants must also include:
1. An Artist’s Statement
2. A C.V. or resume
3. A Statement of Intent outlining proposed use of grant funds

All final applicants will have a personal interview with The L-Fund’s Debra I. Moore Grant for the Arts Committee.
The application will be submitted to the Board of Directors for their review/vote and applicants will be notified of approval or denial.
Grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year and applications are accepted at any time.

Questions should be directed to Marnie Tenden at

If you have challenges completing the application or navigating the L-Fund web site to apply for assistance, please contact us here or write to and someone will walk you through the process. 

If you are a lesbian who has received funding and would like to share your story on our website to encourage other lesbians, please contact us!

If you or someone you know is passionate about supporting lesbians in need, please visit our Donate page to give a gift in any amount.  The L-Fund thanks you in advance for your donation.  Gifts to the L-Fund are tax deductible making donating a win-win for all!