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April 15 is deadline to apply for grants to serve LGBTQ communities
By Lauren Paola / March 31, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

Rhode Island nonprofits have until April 15 to apply for grants to encourage justice for, support and improve the quality of life of LGBTQ Rhode Islanders through the Equity Action Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
“This grant program is a source of funding for organizations serving the LGBTQ communities in Rhode Island as well as organizations that are working to initiate or expand LGBTQ-specific services,” said Adrian Bonéy, the Foundation’s Equity Action Fund programs officer.
There are 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. Organizations can receive one project and capacity-building grant award per year.
Since 2004, the Equity Action Fund has awarded nearly 100 grants totaling more than $600,000.  Last year, nearly $50,000 was awarded to nine organizations including Direct Action for Rights and Equality,  Family Services of Rhode Island, Flickers, the Newport Film/Video Society & Arts Collaborative; PL-AIDS Project, Providence Youth Student Movement, Senior Action in a Gay Environment RI, Shifting Visions Films Education Project, Sojourner House and Youth Pride.
The Equity Action Fund is guided by a volunteer advisory committee comprised of community leaders. Michael Grabo is chairman and Jean Burke is vice-chair. While the application deadline for grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 is April 15, proposals for smaller amounts will be accepted on a rolling basis.


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