The Rainbow Flag Award was first piloted in England in 2017, with thanks to funding rolled out by the Government Equalities Office, via the Department for Education. This much needed funding was available to organisations for them to develop pioneering schemes to be delivered to schools that specifically tackled well documented endemic levels of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.

The Rainbow Flag Award is a national framework designed for schools (and now colleges and youth organisations) to take a positive approach to LGBT+ inclusion. It was developed initially by lead organisation, The Proud Trust, in a collaborative process with trusted LGBT+ youth organisation partners – Allsorts Youth Project, The Kite Trust, and Humankind Charity


The Rainbow Flag Award is a national framework, that utilises only local LGBT+ youth organisations as award partners in it’s growth model. This is a core guiding value of the award, which means it has an understanding of local communities and their needs. It also means that information shared through training and other communications, is current and fresh, representing the actual everyday experiences of LGBT+ young people.

By utilising local LGBT+ youth organisation partners, the Rainbow Flag Award:

  • has a focus on improving the lives of LGBT+ people;
  • applies a heritage of skills and expertise around LGBT+ identities from youth and community work practice;
  • uses facilitated learning, interactive tools, plus questioning and exploring techniques in the delivery of training and services;
  • supports the uniqueness of each school or college engaged with the programme, and encourages them to problem solve their own bespoke solutions, based on knowledge of their context and setting;
  • maintains grassroots connections to local youth and LGBT+ communities, helping to link schools and students with their local LGBT+ youth services.

Any monies generated by this scheme then help support, often underfunded, LGBT+ youth provision locally.

Our current trusted national partners are:


Wish to become a Rainbow Flag Award delivery partner?

We are always on the look out for good quality LGBT+ youth organisations, or youth organisations with an excellent LGBT+ inclusion ethos, to help deliver this very important work, in turn helping support the life-saving work that you do. If you are interested in becoming a Rainbow Flag Award partner, please contact us here.