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$10,000 grants available to serve RI's LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 7, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofits that serve the state’s LGBTQ communities have until April 12 to apply for grants of up to $10,000 through the Equity Action Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
“Our program is open to nonprofits that traditionally have served Rhode Island’s LGBTQ communities, as well as organizations that are working to initiate or expand services to the LGBTQ communities,” said Adrian Bonéy, the Foundation’s programs officer for Equity Action. “Proposals should support, encourage justice for or improve the quality of life of LGBTQ Rhode Islanders.”

There are two categories of grants: Projects that meet the priority needs of the LGBTQ communities and capacity-building programs such as board development, strategic planning and fundraising for organizations that play a vital and unique role in the LGBTQ communities. Applicants can receive one project or capacity-building grant a year.
Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $60,000 to eight organizations, including Family Service of Rhode Island, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, New Urban Arts, Project Weber/RENEW, Sojourner House, Thundermist Health Center and Youth Pride.

The work ranged from wellness programs for the transgender community and intimate partner violence prevention to protecting LGBTQQI children and supporting the Gay Straight Alliance coalition.

Although the deadline to apply for grants from $2,500 to $10,000 is April 12, the Foundation will accept proposals for grants of less than $2,500 at any time.

The Equity Action Fund is guided by a volunteer advisory committee comprised of leaders in the LGBTQ communities. Supporters can donate to the fund on-line at rifoundation.org.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. 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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