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LGBTQ groups receive $47,500 in grants
By Chris Barnett / August 21, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation awards nearly $48,000 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations that serve the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities through its Equity Action fund.

Established in 2002, Equity Action is committed to enacting social change by championing initiatives and organizations that encourage justice for, support and improve the quality of life of LGBTQ Rhode Islanders.

“Our grantees engage in efforts to ensure the health, safety and fair treatment for all LGBTQ Rhode Islanders,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees Equity Action at the Foundation. “Much of this important work is accomplished by strengthening alliances among organizations working to address the most critical needs of the LGBTQ community across the state.”

The recipients are:

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE-RI) received $7,500 to expand its educational capacity regarding LGBTQ aging, housing and healthcare issues. SAGE-RI will expand its training capacity, create a wider array of educational options and improve its administrative infrastructure.

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders was awarded $8,000 to work with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Ocean State Network to implement safe and affirming guidance for state-involved LGBTQ youth.

Youth Pride received $10,000 to increase outreach to local gay/straight alliances, to stage a statewide conference and to train volunteers to present its anti-bias curriculum in local schools.

The Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center was awarded $8,500 to improve access to quality health care for transgender patients.  The work will include creating a referral list of providers that care for transgender patients and a resource guide for providers focusing on clinical- and practice-management issues related to treating transgender patients.

Sojourner House received $3,500 to increase its counseling and domestic violence services and tailor them specifically for LGBTQ relationships.

Crossroads Rhode Island was awarded $2,500 to increase the emergency shelter options and services it offers to homeless LGBTQ individuals, particularly those ages 18-24.

Family Services of Rhode Island received $2,500 to create a network of community-based partners in order to improve the accessibility of HIV testing and the coordination of statewide HIV prevention education, outreach, early detection and linkage to medical care.

New Urban Arts was awarded $3,000 to enable 10-15 low-income youth to explore, through writing and art, issues of identity, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The Newport Film/Video Society & Arts Collaborative received $2,000 to support film screenings, the LGBTQ film symposium, post-screening panel discussions and a media literacy program.

There were two categories of grants: Projects that meet the community's priority needs through the empowerment of under-represented individuals in LGBTQ communities and capacity-building grants for board development, strategic planning, program development, fundraising or other activities that build the capacity of organizations that play a vital and unique role in the LGBTQ communities.

Equity Action is guided by a volunteer advisory committee comprised of community leaders including Chairman Michael Grabo and Vice-Chair Jean Burke. While this year’s deadline to apply for major grants has passed, the Foundation is still accepting proposals for amounts under $2,500.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2013, the Foundation made grants of more than $31 million to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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