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Ohio city gives $34,000 in grants to local LGBT programs

Ohio city gives $34,000 in grants to local LGBT programs

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The city of Akron, Ohio recently awarded 13 local LGBT programs $34,000 in grants.

The money comes from the Akron Community Foundation’s Gay Community Endowment Fund. They announced the 13 grants at their quarterly meeting on 17 November.

Since its foundation in 2001, the program has donated nearly $475,000 to local LGBT programs.

As the website states, the fund takes grant applications ‘for programs and services that positively impact the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community’.

Furthermore, it also ‘raises awareness about equality issues and rallies the LGBT community around a common philanthropic purpose’.

Paul Daum, a founding member and theater professor at the University of Akron, was dedicated to arts and LGBT youth.

‘We’re proud to carry on Paul’s legacy with grants to organizations he cared about during his lifetime,’ said Cindy Christman, Gay Community Endowment Fund chairwoman.

Awarded programs in Ohio this year

In 2017, programs benefiting the arts, HIV testing, LGBT senior citizens, and more received grants.

Here’s the full list:

  • Akron Civic Theatre: $3,000 for the Millennial Theater Project.
  • Akron Soul Train: $1,000 for the 2018 LGBT Arts Festival.
  • Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties: $1,000 for an outreach campaign for LGBT survivors of domestic or sexual violence.
  • CANAPI: $5,000 for housing to support local LGBT youth, as they are more likely to become victims of violence, abuse, and human trafficking. $3,000 will go toward the 2018 Akron Pride festival.
  • CASA Board Volunteer Association: $2,500 for a community-awareness campaign about the needs of LGBT youth in the child-welfare system.
  • Equality Ohio Education Fund: $2,000 to support nondiscrimination protections for Summit County’s LGBT community.
  • Equitas Health: $2,500 for HIV testing and prevention education. Outreach to gay and bisexual men in Summit County, particularly black men, will be supported by this grant.
  • Jewish Family Service of Akron: $1,500 for a program called “Reaching Akron’s Silent Generation” that provides counseling, social support and education to LGBT seniors.
  • Kent State University Foundation: $4,000 for the QUEST mentoring program, which pairs LGBT students with adult role models.
  • OutSupport: $3,500 to increase the local advocacy group’s visibility.
  • The Plexus Education Foundation: $1,000 to support networking events and educational programs for LGBT business professionals and entrepreneurs.
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse: $2,000 for the production of It Shoulda Been You, a comedy musical.
  • Western Reserve Playhouse: $2,000 for the production of Bare: A Pop Opera, a musical about two gay teenagers at a Catholic school.

H/t: Akron Community Foundation