LGBTQ Fund Provides Grants to Local Organizations

The LGBTQ Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham announced six grants totaling more than $20,000 awarded to area nonprofits at the 2017 LGBTQ Grantee Awards luncheon held on September 28 at The Club. This is the second year that the fund has provided grants in the community; in 2016 they granted $10,000 to four area nonprofits.

The LGBTQ Fund is a charitable endowment at the Community Foundation that supports programs in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, and Walker counties which:

  • Strengthen the infrastructure of organizations led by or serving LGBTQ persons
  • Support the provision of services to LGBTQ youth, individuals and families
  • Provide educational opportunities that highlight the needs of the LGBTQ community
  • Advance collaboration between LGBTQ organizations and other community organizations
  • Support nonprofit partners advocating on public policy and social justice issues that intersect with LGBTQ concerns

Organizations receiving funds this year:

AIDS Alabama – $3,000 to provide “Welcome Home Kits” and emergency hotel vouchers for homeless LGBTQ Youth (18-24 years of age) and chronically homeless Trans individuals.

Alabama Safe Schools Coalition (UAB Educational Foundation) – $3,000 to expand “Safe Schools” training for teachers and administrators to reach 150 – 250 additional educators.

Birmingham Aids Outreach (BAO) – $3,400 to reinstate Magic City Acceptance Center’s (MCAC) monthly arts classes taught by professional artists, monthly social-emotional learning workshops facilitated by ACE and quarterly “positive body image” yoga classes with a professional yoga instructor.

Transgender Advocate Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE) – $3,600 to sponsor a Trans Women of Color Caucus to be held in Birmingham to promote leadership and community organizing.  Create a Trans Crisis Fund to provide safety net purchases like groceries, utilities and food for Trans Women of Color.

UAB Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology – $4,300 to fund the staff time (clinic coordinator and nursing staff) necessary for expansion of clinical services to allow for an additional half-day Clinic each month.

YWCA Central Alabama – $2,700 for six scholarships for Anytown (summer leadership camp) for LGBTQ youth, within the Fund’s five county service area, with a focus on recruitment of (and transportation for) students in St. Clair, Blount, and Walker Counties.

For more information about the LGBTQ Fund or to make a gift, visit www.cfbham.org/lgbtqfund.  The grant cycle for 2018 grants from the LGBTQ Fund will open for applications in May, 2018. For more information about grants contact Kim Rogers at 205.327.3804 or krogers@cfbham.org.