Our Grantees

LGBTQ Fund 2017 Grants

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.

2016 Grants

SHOUT About Youth by Alabama Moving Image Association – $3,000 In an effort to make educational opportunities involving films and film making more accessible to local LGBTQ youth, The Alabama Moving Image Association (AMIA) will grant select individuals (ages 13-24) in Jefferson and Shelby Counties free weekend passes to The 2016 Sidewalk/SHOUT Film Festival where they will attend three days of film screenings and panel discussions, experience the festival culture and network directly with professionals from the film industry alongside their peers with whom they may not otherwise be acquainted.

Our Voices Matter by The Change Project – $1,500 The Change Project addresses the disparities and stigmas that face LGBTQ youth in two primary ways: increasing access to community resources, and supporting societal shifts toward greater LGBTQ acceptance. Our Voices Matter is an online campaign that shares the stories of LGBTQ people in their own voices, creating a community for support that particularly targets underrepresented youth in rural and low-income areas.

Magic City Acceptance Camp (MCAC) by Birmingham AIDS Outreach – $3,000 MCAC will offer a week-long summer day camp open to LGBTQ residents of Birmingham and the 5-county area, ages 13-24. This day camp will offer 5 days of fun and learning, offering 30-40 campers the opportunity to explore their identity in a safe space while building confidence and community. The MCAC curriculum will be structured around issues such as health and wellness, arts and culture, community, leadership, and advocacy.

Central Alabama L-YEAH! By AIDS Alabama – $1,000 AIDS Alabama created the Central Alabama L-YEAH! (LGBTQ Youth Empowerment, Advocacy, and Housing) project to connect LGBTQ youth to mental health, advocacy, and housing services. Youth who participate in L-YEAH! will be provided opportunities to (1) participate in a new support group focused on mental health of LGBTQ youth, (2) join the Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth to advocate for improved youth health policies in Alabama, and (3) receive referrals to the Ascension project if homeless. The Ascension Project works to connect homeless youth to rapid re-housing and supportive services.

Youth Grants Workshop at the Magic City Acceptance Center by Birmingham AIDS Outreach – $1,500 BAO will host a Youth Grants Workshop at MCAC for LGBTQ Youth ages 25 and under.  The LGBTQ Fund will provide a resource to educate the youth on the grant making process and assist them with the creation of a Grant application.  The Youth Grant applications will be evaluated. BAO will award the Grants and monitor the fulfillment of the projects.