LGBTQ Endowment Fund announces 11 grants in Utah

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With an aim to strengthen Utah’s LGBTQ community, the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah has awarded grants totaling $318,000 to organizations throughout the state. This year, $34,000 is being awarded to 11 organizations selected from a record number of competitive applicants.

To highlight the diversity of this year’s recipient programs, the group will host a reception on August 29 at the S.J. Quinney College of Law building at the University of Utah. Open to the public, the reception will help foster collaboration, raise awareness, and provide extra support for nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community in Utah. In addition to receiving their grant awards, the 2017 grantees will each have an opportunity to give a five-minute pitch to compete for a share of $10,000 in additional funding available.

“From providing shelter and other resources for LGBTQ homeless youth, to mentoring through art, and much more, the grant recipients are making a significant impact on the health and well-being of everyone in our state,” said Jane Marquardt, one of the founding committee members and donor to the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund. “Hearing of the work that these innovative organizations are engaging in is impressive. We are honored to support them with a modest, but hopefully significant, grant to help advance their efforts.”

“The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund allows donors to pool their donations in order to make a greater difference in our state,” explained Community Foundation of Utah CEO Alex Eaton. “These investments not only make an immediate impact on the issues facing the LGBTQ community today, but they also provide a foundation to address the future needs of the LGBTQ community as they evolve.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

Comunidades Unidas, Community Promise/Promesa Comunitaria

Comunidades Unidas provides accurate HIV/AIDS information and provide information on available online and community resources to the Latinx community living in the state of Utah.

Encircle, Youth, Family and Community Programming, and Therapeutic Services

Encircle is a Provo Utah-based community center focused on the needs of LGBTQ youth.

Equality Utah, Wellstone Action Boot Camp

Wellstone Action partnered with Equality Utah to deliver a candidate readiness training where potential candidates walk through considerations for choosing an office and do a self-assessment of their readiness to run.

Plan-B Theatre, The world premier of THE ICE FRONT by Eric Samuelsen

THE ICE FRONT honors the heroism and dangers faced by the trilogy of Nazi victims – Jews, Roma and Homosexuals – by questioning what it means to be an artist, to be a patriot, to be human.

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), 2017/2018 productions of HIR and FUN HOME

HIR is a gender bending comedy about the most dysfunctional family in America. A dishonorably discharged vet returns home to a mother liberated from an oppressive marriage, a sister on “mones” in the process of changing genders, and a father asleep in a clown costume. FUN HOME is a Tony Award-winning musical, with heart-gripping songs about sexual awakening, repressed emotions, deep secrets, yearning, resentment, love. Home.

U of U College of Health – Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Utah Speech-Language Hearing Clinic, Giving Voice to the Person Inside

A voice therapy program for transitioning trans people

Utah Film Center, Damn These Heels

The annual LGBTQ film festival set in June.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Out Loud

An artistic platform for youth voices in the LGBTQIA+ community,. culminating in a museum exhibition featuring their own artwork.

Utah Pride Center, Survivors of Suicide Attempts

An eight-week support group held at least twice a year for LGBTQ survivors of suicide attempts.

Utah Public Radio, A UPR Original Series – Off the Grid

Youth Futures, Program Operations

Provides safe shelter, collaborative resources, respectful guidance and diverse support to homeless, unaccompanied, runaway and at-risk youth in Northern Utah.

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund was created to pool giving from members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. The fund has awarded $318,000 in grants since its inception in 2011. Individual donations are combined to make an even greater impact and to identify and support programs that may be smaller, innovative, or just starting established. You can find more about the LGBTQ Community Endowment fund at utahcf.org or by emailing lgbtq@utahcf.org.

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