Diversity Richmond to distribute $30K in grants, celebrate LGTBQ wins on 11/29
It’s been a rollercoaster year for Richmond’s LGBTQ community, and while we’ve had a number of heartbreaking moments, Diversity Richmond is hoping to highlight some wins as well when they hold their Diversity Celebrates party next week.
The event is formed around the LGBTQ non-profit’s annual distribution of grants award to local individuals and non-profits which benefit the city’s LGBTQ community. Usually they have 10-15 submissions, this year they had 33 with a total ask of $188K. Sadly, they only had $30K to distribute.
“We studied each one carefully and looked at criteria like does the project meet an unmet need and what impact the project will have. It was not an easy process this year,” said Bill Harrison, President and Executive Director of Diversity Richmond. He noted the non-profit org has given out almost a million dollars since the grant program started in 1999, but that money wasn’t easy to raise. Funds come in through the Diversity Thrift, the second hand store, as well as their weekly BINGO nights. But the old wear house that contains it all isn’t easy or cheap to maintain.
Winners haven’t been announced yet, but they will be made public the night of the event, Tuesday 11/29. The grant distribution used to be a smaller, more intimate event, but after the drama around the election, Harrison and Diversity have been looking for every chance to celebrate the wins we’ve had by comparison.
“We need to have a party, toots,” he joked. “We need to celebrate, take a step back and look back at all of our accomplishments and refortify ourselves. We’ve got a lot to celebrate, we’ve got a strong dynamic community.”
Beyond the grant winners, awards will be given out to honor folks who have contributed to that success. From unsung heroes to groups and individuals who have helped achieve progress, there’s a myriad of winners Tuesday night.
“I see Diversity celebrating on Tuesday as an acknowledgment and sign of how strong we are and how far we’ve come. We need to celebrate that,” Harrison said. “You get knocked down every so often, but you get back up and that’s what we’re gonna do.”
“It’s gonna be a big celebration, a big party, and we want everybody to be there.”
RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can help figure out how much food to provide.
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