Boston Foundation Grants $160K to 26 LGBTQ-Focused Nonprofits

June 8, 2019 — The Boston Foundation, this week announced it awarded $160,300 in grants to 26 nonprofits serving the diverse members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, with many focusing on youth and elder LGBTQ populations.

The Boston Foundation (TBF) said its Equality Fund Advisory Committee, which selected the grantees "kept an eye toward the areas of need most recently identified in the June 2018 report Equality and Equity: Advancing the LGBT Community in Massachusetts."

“The Equality and Equity report clearly demonstrated that despite the substantial gains for LGBTQ+ people in recent years, the struggle for equity continues,” said Scott Squillace, co-chair of the Equality Fund Advisory Board. “We are pleased, however, that the report has raised awareness and continues to encourage greater support for LGBTQ+ organizations, including those supporting trans youth and LGBT elders, who were among those groups identified as among the most vulnerable in the region.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Black and Pink: $5,000 to support the commissioning of a report on sexual violence against the LGBTQ+ population incarcerated in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

  • Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth: $5,000 to support the youth leader planning committee of the Trans Youth Summit.

  • Boston GLASS: $7,500 to support comprehensive training of Boston GLASS staff on restorative justice practices and incorporation of these competencies into program operations.

  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program: $9,000 to support a weekly support program for homeless and marginally housed transgender individuals as well as provide preventative health services.

  • Boston Medical Center Corporation $5,000 to support the Transgender Health Equity Institute, a half day long medical and community health event regarding best practices for transgender and gender diverse individuals.

  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters: $5,000 to support a trauma informed continuum of care for LGBTQ+ homeless and high-risk youth.

  • Center for Independent Documentary: $2,500 to support feature length documentary “Minister of Loneliness” and website as resources for care providers to combat loneliness in populations including the LGBTQ+ community.

  • Children's Friend: $5,000 to support Children’s Friend’s Gender Wellness Initiative and provide gender and sexuality counseling to transgender and gender minority youth and their families.

  • Ethos: $4,800 to support educational webinar and resources for service providers designed to improve patient outcomes for LGBTQ+ elders in their care.

  • Fenway Community Health Center: $10,000 to support the research and compilation of LGBT Aging 2025: a report on what a thriving LGBT aging community looks like in 2025.

  • GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD): $5,000 to support modernizing Massachusetts parentage laws through the removal of gendered language from laws and replacing these with inclusive language to reflect the lived reality of LGBTQ+ families.

  • Health Law Advocates: $10,000 to support legal services provided free of charge to low income transgender individuals unable to access healthcare.

  • International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD): $5,000 to support advancing reproductive mental health outcomes in the LGBTQ+ community through training staff and board members on best practices for serving gender diverse communities.

  • Intersex and Faith: $5,000 to support a collaborative series of screening and dialogue events to raise public awareness of intersex variations and reduce cultural anxiety.

  • Massachusetts Asians and Pacific Islanders for Health: $7,500 to support the expansion of Asian Pride, a weekly youth development and leadership program, through increased services and frequency.

  • Massachusetts General Hospital: $5,000 to support the salary of a dedicated Community Health Worker to help transgender and gender diverse individuals navigate the healthcare system successfully.

  • Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC): $5,000 to support the improvement of MTPC’s strategic plan through the “Working for Lived Equality in 2019” survey campaign.

  • New Boston Pride Committee: $5,000 to support the Committee’s first salaried Executive Director in organizational growth efforts.

  • North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (nAGLY): $5,000 to support nAGLY’s outreach and Training and Leadership Education (TALE) programs providing positive representation of LGBTQ+ people, history, and events through conference attendance and workshops.

  • OUT MetroWest: $15,000 to support access to mental health clinicians at youth programming, leading to increased access to mental health care and improved outcomes for participants.

  • Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project Inc.: $10,000 to support the salary of an LGBTQ+ Asylum Attorney, expanding services to increase the number of LGBTQ+ clients served and granted asylum.

  • Silver Lining Mentoring: $5,000 to support the LGBTQ+ initiative of the Community Based Mentoring Program, including increasing the number of mentor-mentee relationships.

  • South Coast LGBTQ Network: $5,000 to support the salary of a Network Coordinator, tasked with sustaining services, events, and programs.

  • Uphams Corner Health Center: $4,000 to support expansion of services and training of staff members on unique needs facing LGBTQ+ patients.

  • Victory Programs: $5,000 to support increasing services and accessibility to transgender and gender diverse individuals through the Trans Health Initiative.

  • Y2Y Network: $5,000 to strengthen services for LGBTQ+ homeless youth through expanded services and culturally competent policies and procedures.