Boston, MA – (February 1, 2016) – Today, Boston Pride announced the recipients of the first Boston Pride Community Fund. The fund was established to provide grants to small nonprofits and other groups that support the LGBT community. The announcement was made by Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni and Vice President Linda DeMarco, after an independent panel of community members processed all the applications received at the end of 2015.
“We are thrilled to announce the grant recipients of our first ever Boston Pride Community Fund,” said Sylvain Bruni. “With the funds raised through various Pride events, we are now able to offer support and visibility to small and community-based projects within our community.”
The Boston Pride Community Fund was established from contributions by community members at the Jamaica Plain and Back Bay Block Parties. It is Boston Pride’s vision to support annually the Community Fund by giving back monies raised to small non-profit organizations and groups within the LGBT Community. These awards provide an opportunity to educate our greater community about the important work these organizations and groups are performing in service of the LGBT Community.
2016 Boston Pride Community Fund recipients:
- The Tiffany Club of New England
- GLSEN Massachusetts
- Lesbian of Color Symposium (LOCS) Collective
- Voices Rising Chorus
- In The Streets Productions
- Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network
- OUT MetroWest
- New England Professional Queer WoMen of Color
- Tennis4All Boston
- Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
“We congratulate all 2016 Community Fund recipients,” said Linda DeMarco. “And we thank profusely all members of our review panel who thoroughly reviewed every submission, in service to our community.”
Applications are now open:
Boston Pride is delighted to announce the launch of our Boston Pride Community Fund, aimed to support local grassroots organizations in our community.
Applications may be submitted online from November 1st to 30th: click here to submit your application now.
For questions and comments, please contact Linda DeMarco at [email protected].
About the Community Fund
The New Boston Pride Committee, Inc., d/b/a Boston Pride, a nonprofit organizations founded in 1970, produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity, we educate, communicate, and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.
With the additional contributions our community members have given at our JP and Back Bay Block Parties, we have established the Boston Pride Community Fund. Once a year, in support of our vision and mission, we will give back monies raised in our Community Fund to non-profit organizations and groups within our community.
Boston Pride will use this opportunity to educate ourselves and others about the important work these organizations and groups are doing in service of our local community. Through the Boston Pride Community Fund, we aim to offer support and visibility to small and community-based projects.
Are eligible to apply to the Boston Pride Community Fund any organization or group as long as they are based in the Greater Boston area and have been in operation for six months or more.
- Applications are accepted between 11/01/2015 and 11/30/2015.
- Submitted applications will be reviewed by a panel of community members between 12/01/2015 and 12/31/2015, who will make a recommendation for funding to the Board of Directors of Boston Pride.
- Recipients will be announced in the month of January 2016.
- Awards will be disbursed starting in the month of January 2016.
- Projects submitted for funding through the Boston Pride Community Fund shall be conducted in the 2016 calendar year.
- Recipients shall submit a written report about the use of the funds by 10/01/2016. Failure to submit a report will bar applicants from further eligibility to the Boston Pride Community Fund.
- Recipients will be invited to the Boston Pride Open House to report on their project in the Spring of 2016.