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RI Foundation offers grants to serve LGBTQ communities

Nonprofits that serve the state’s LGBTQ communities have until April 15 to apply for grants of up to $10,000 through the Equity Action Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“Our program is open to nonprofits that traditionally have served Rhode Island’s LGBTQ communities, as well as organizations that are working to initiate or expand services to the LGBTQ communities,” said Adrian Bonéy, the Foundation’s program officer for Equity Action. “Proposals should support, encourage justice for or improve the lives of LGBTQ Rhode Islanders.”

There are two categories of grants: Projects that meet the priority needs of the LGBTQ communities and capacity-building programs such as board development, strategic planning and fundraising for organizations that play a vital and unique role in the LGBTQ communities. Applicants can receive one project or capacity-building grant a year.

Last year, the Foundation awarded grants ranging from $1,140 to $10,000 to eight organizations, including GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), New Urban Arts, Project Weber/RENEW, SAGE - Rhode Island, Sojourner House, Thundermist Health Center, Youth Pride and The Steel Yard.

The work included offering wellness programs for the transgender community, supporting ongoing youth and civil rights advocacy and improving health care for older LGBT adults.

The Equity Action Fund also offers a small grant program designed to support short-term projects or one-time activities with grants up to $2,500. Although small grant applications can be submitted at any time during the year, applicants are encouraged to also apply by April 15.

The Equity Action Fund is guided by a volunteer advisory committee comprised of leaders in the LGBTQ communities. Over the years, the fund has awarded more than $1 million in grants for services to the LGBTQ communities. Supporters can donate to the fund at rifoundation.org.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $68 million and awarded a record $87 million in grants in 2020. Since its centennial five years ago, the Foundation has awarded more than $284 million in grants and has raised more than $328 million. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.