Diversity Richmond distributes $30K in grant funding to local LGBTQ groups
Earlier this week, Diversity Richmond celebrated a number of local folks and distributed more than $30K in grant funds to organizations around the city hoping to improve life across the LGBTQ spectrum. In a lengthy ceremony, the city’s largest LGBTQ non-profit gave out funds raised from the Diversity Thrift second hand store as well as through fundraisers throughout the year.
This year we received 33 grant proposals with a total ask of $188,000, but they only had $30,000 to distribute.
“Needless to say, while we are proud of how much the community’s awareness of Diversity Richmond has grown, it was saddening to see such outstanding proposals go unfunded,” said VCU professor Ravi Perry (Top image). Perry is a recent addition to the Diversity Richmond board and heads the grant committee. “We are most proud of our selections that cover a wide spectrum of needs in the community. Our criteria judged the impact the project would have on the community, if it addressed unmet needs, the proven track record of the applicant and if the proposal included collaboration with others.”
Check out the full list of grant winners below:
Established in 2001, New Beginnings has met here at Diversity Richmond for several years. They are an open affirming, spirit-filled, multicultural lace for all recovering from life’s hurts. The grant proposal, entitled “Helping Our Community Heal from Life’s Hurts” addresses sufferings in the LGBTQ community by sharing information, fostering conversations and offering platforms that bring strength in times of tragedy, confusion and violence.
Coordinators2inc – $500
Their proposal, “Addressing the Unique Needs of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adoptive Parents an LGB Adopted Adults,” provides support for two underserved segments of our community.
Their proposal, “Harold M. Marsh Connections Institute,” will allow a team of up to five Side By Side youth to attend the annual series. Since 1993, the Marsh Institute has helped young people learn to make decisions based on an appreciation of our vast diversity. The institute is a yearlong series of trainings that teach young people about diversity and inclusion including ability status, body image, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
Richmond Business Alliance - $1000
Their proposal is to fund a job fair in 2017 that targets the LGBT community. It will be a first for Richmond, directly connecting businesses across multiple industries, with perspective LGBT employees. The fair is scheduled for March, 2017 and will be preceded by three weeks of training and workshops addressing issues such as resume writing, interview skills, social media do’s and don’ts.
The Richmond Peace Education Center - $1,200
The training teaches how to solve conflicts, while addressing issues of violence, prejudice and injustice. It is suited for high school and middle school youth.
This group realizes that memory loss of LGBT people and their caretakers can present unique challenges. Often the caretaker is a same sex partner or LGBT close friend. The program will offer educational programs and support group sessions and will also connect the patient and caregiver with other resources. And, as with other programs that we often fund, this project is the only one of its nature in the area.
WRIR FM 97.3 - $1,200
Their project, “Where Radio Is Real,” will allow WRIR FM to set up a easy -to -use recording studio in the offices of Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Side By Side. Participants can learn to record their personal stories, discuss community events or promotional pieces about their organizations. WRIR staff will train participants how to use the studio and produce their segments at any time. The segments will then be aired on WRIR.
For 16 years, Monument City Music has provided high quality, unique music, while entertaining and inspiring our communities. Their project, “Monument City Music Ensemble-The Note-Ables” will support the implementation of a new LGBT-identified ensemble that will include male and female voices.
Many are single and do not have anyone to care for them as they age and are not able to take care of themselves as before. Senior Connections has long been aware of this and their grant proposal addresses the need for LGBT elder cultural training for healthcare professionals, aging service providers and caretakers working with LGBT elders.
Their proposal, The Healing Journey, will offer two open houses to increase community awareness of surviving and thriving as an LGBT woman of color who have been affected by either cancer or domestic violence. Following will be a 12-week skills building support group to encourage, equip and empower LGBT women of color who are facing unique challenges due to cancer or domestic violence. There are several programs of this nature for straight women, but none for the LGBT women’s community, addressing the intersection of race, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Their grant, “Transgender Health Care Services,” will offer financial assistance to patients seeking transgender health services at the Richmond Health Center who would otherwise not be able to afford the costs of provider visits, prescriptions or changes to legal documentation.
Her grant, “The Aim to Inspire Project” will implement a new program to establish emergency housing and transportation to help meet needs of the city’s transgender community.
Side By Side’s proposal will allow the provision of mental health counseling to Richmond youth AND also expand their good work to youth in Petersburg High School.
Photo via Pop My Flash
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