June 22, 2018
 
Boston Foundation Grants $100K to Nonprofits Serving LGBTQ

June 3, 2018 — The Boston Foundation last week announced it awarded $100,000 in grants to 15 area Boston nonprofits serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.

The announcement follows the release by The Boston Foundation (TBF) of Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts, a report articulating the challenges of being LGBTQ in Greater Boston.

The newly announced grants from TBF's Equality Fund, which range from $4,000 to $15,000, focus on specific issues facing the transgender community in Massachusetts, including youth and elder LGBTQ populations.

“We are proud to be able to again support a great slate of organizations that are meeting today’s needs for LGBTQ people, young and old,” said Catherine D’Amato, co-chair of the Equality Fund Advisory Board and president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. “We will continue to strive to meet those needs as we continue to build a permanent endowment for tomorrow.”

The grantees were:
  • Boston Alliance of LBGTQ Youth: $7,500 to support two cohorts of youth leaders planning and implementing Youth Pride and the Trans Youth Summit.

  • Ethos: $4,000 to implement Conversations on LGBT Aging through expert-led talks, a social lunch and a resource fair of LGBTQ senior service providers.

  • GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, Inc. (GLAD): $12,000 to address the challenges LGBTQ inmates face within the MA correctional system.

  • Fenway Community Health Center: $5,000 to support the LGBT Elders of Color Outreach Initiative provides opportunities for social inclusion and resources on aging to elders of color through hosting community building events.

  • Fenway Institute: $10,000 to support research and report on the state of the LGBT community in Massachusetts.

  • Greater Boston PFLAG: $5,000 to support the Youth in Care and Custody of DCF support project. It will provide foster parents with the tools and education to welcome an LGBTQ young person into their home.

  • Health Law Advocates, Inc.: $5,000 to support the Transgender Health Project, which helps low-income transgender consumers to overcome frequent and unjustifiable denials to health care, primarily for gender-affirming services.

  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged: $5,000 to support Aging Out, which will deliver workshops and training materials to over 40 chaplains and caregivers at area hospitals, to improve the culture of care for LGBTQ seniors.

  • History Project, Inc.: $5,000 to support the Out in the Community series, a three-tier project that will engage LGBTQ communities of color to collect, preserve and share LGBTQ history.

  • History Unerased: $5,000 to support the creation of six LGBTQ-themed interactive multi-media posters targeting students in grades 6-8.

  • Massachusetts Asians and Pacific Islanders for Health: $7,500 to strengthen the Asian Pride program, by supporting a focus on the community facing outreach, community health workshops, program awareness and recruitment.

  • Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC): $15,000 to support MTPC’s efforts to scale its trans-specific representation in identity documents initiative.

  • Palaver Strings Inc.: $5,000 to support a musical program that portrays the original stories and life experiences from Boston's LGBTQ older adult community through music, song, and spoken word.

  • Silver Lining Mentoring: $5,000 to support mentoring relationships for LGBTQ initiative participants for youth impacted by foster care ages seven and older.

  • SpeakOUT Boston: $4,000 to support The Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Speaker Program, which will increase awareness of the 2018 Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination referendum and understanding of the importance of maintaining gender identity within the civil rights protections of Massachusetts law.

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