RVA Gay Community Foundation Taking Grant Submissions Till 12/16
The Richmond Gay Community Foundation is asking for grant submissions from or for nonprofits by Dec. 16, in order to disperse $15,000 to deserving organizations.
The Richmond Gay Community Foundation has given a total of over $750,000 to local LGBT and LGBT- friendly organizations. The foundation is strongly focused on the community and their mission, “We develop and help sustain organizations, programs and services that contribute to a vibrant Central Virginia community that shares our values of diversity, inclusion, individual dignity, equality and civic engagement.”
President and executive director of Richmond Gay Community Foundation Bill Harrison says over the past 12 years or so the foundation has been able to give back to the community through the profits raised by Diversity Thrift and Diversity Bingo at the Richmond Gay Community Center.
“This year we are asking for a simplified grant proposal meaning that any non-profit can submit in a thousand words or less what they can do with from $1,000 to $5,000,” Harrison said. “They need to have an objective and a timeline on when they believe they would achieve these goals.”
The foundation is asking that nominations be submitted in a letter of less than 1,000 words including objectives and goals. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Dec. 16.
“We wanted to leave it up to the community,” Harrison said. “We did not want to give any restrictions on what it could be so we left it open and I’m really looking forward to the applications.”
The Gay Community Center Foundation is hoping for creative proposals which will be judged on substance, community need, how realistic it is and the timeline of completion.
“I would also like to say that these grants are made possible because of the community support,” Harrison said referencing specifically the quality of donations and support of Diversity Thrift.
“The mission of the Richmond Gay Community City Foundation is to support other LGBT nonprofits and organizations and we do that through various ways,” Harrison said about the grant proposals. “And they don’t necessarily have to be a LGBT nonprofit but definitely a nonprofit that identifies with the mission statement of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation.”
The letters are asked to be sent to Bill Harrison at Richmond Gay Community Foundation, 1407 Sherwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23220. The applications submitted will then be looked over by a committee who will make a decision and notify participants of the results. Checks will be presented by Dec. 31, and a reception will be held in Jan.
Harrison encourages anyone with questions to contact him at Bill.Harrison@lgbtrichmond.net or (804)622-4646, ext. 20.
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