(Boston, MA) â€“ April 10, 2019 â€“ Boston Pride announced today that 24 recipients of the 2019 Boston Pride Community Fund grants have received a total of $43,610, a record amount. The Community Fund was established to provide grants to small grassroots nonprofits and other groups that support the LGBTQ community. Since 2016, Boston Pride has awarded almost $100,000 to approximately 60 local organizations, supporting its mission of promoting social justice for the LGBTQ community. The announcement was made at Boston Prideâ€™s Annual Spring Open House held on April 9, 2019, at the Pride office in Boston.
â€œThe Boston Pride Community Fund recognizes the innovative intersectional work happening at the local community-based and grass roots level.Â Â By supporting these efforts, we celebrate the impact being made across marginalized subgroups and through creative approaches, while safeguarding our history and embracing what is possible for the future of the LGBTQ community,â€Â said Boston Pride Community Fund Chair Kristen Porter.
The Boston Pride Community Fund was established by contributions received at the Back Bay Block Party, Jamaica Plain Block Party, High Heel Dash and from sponsorships. The recipients of the Community Fund grants perform vital work within the LGBTQ community and Boston Prideâ€™s support of these groups is valuable as they may not have the resources they need to otherwise carry out their missions.
â€œBoston Pride has grown tremendously.Â Â As an organization that creates programming, events and forums for the LGBTQ community, we also are dedicated to helping strengthen grassroots organizations that serve our community and where much of the work on the ground is being done,â€ said Linda J. DeMarco, Boston Pride President.
Boston Pride has designated additional funds for the Community Fund and will be accepting applicationsÂ throughout the year for emergency or crisis funding, or for projects that support underrepresented subpopulations.Â For more information on how to apply, visit https://www.bostonpride.org/fund/
The 2019 Boston Pride Community Fund recipients are:
- Arlington Rainbow Commission â€“ The Arlington Rainbow Commissionâ€™s purpose is to promote equality-affirming policies regarding the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, and bring greater visibility and empowerment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (and more) population through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other Town agencies, schools, and community groups.
- Arts Connect International (ACI) – ACI partners with emerging artist leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the contemporary art world, to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development.
- Black & Pink – Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and â€œfree worldâ€ allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people.
- Boston Dyke March â€“ Since 1995, Boston Dyke March has remained committed to offering a non-commercial, intersectional, and grassroots event. Our goal is to elevate voices marginalized in society and even within the queer community.
- Boston Ironsides FC – For almost 20 years, the Boston Ironsides has brought together men from a tremendous range of backgrounds. Their differences make them stronger as a team, and every new member adds to that strength.
- Camp Lightbulb â€“ Founded in 2001, Camp Lightbulb is one of the first summer camps for LGBTQ you anywhere, and celebrates its campers in a happy and safe environment.
- Cape Cod Pride â€“ Cape Cod Prideâ€™s mission is to build bridges of understanding, connection and support among the LGBTQ community, its allies and the community at large.
- Dancing Queerly Boston â€“ Dancing Queerly is an annual festival in Cambridge, MA featuring workshops, mixers, discussion and performances by and for the LGBTQIA+ community, friends and allies.
- Feel Good – Yoga Exposition forÂ LGBTQ+Â Communities of Color inÂ Roxbury and Dorchester will teach basic yoga techniques and how to cultivate a home practice.
- Gay For Good – Gay For Good aims to energize and mobilize the LGBTQ community to interact with the greater community by volunteering our time to various social welfare and environmental service project.
- Healing Our Community Collaborative, Inc. (HOCC) â€“ HOCC has been providing HIV health education and prevention programs for over 3,000 women infected with, affected by, or at risk for HIV/AIDS in the Greater Boston area and throughout Massachusetts.
- Improbable Players â€“ Improbably Players uses theater performances and workshops to address addiction, alcoholism and the opioid epidemic.
- LGBT Asylum Task Force â€“ The LGBT Asylum Task Force is a ministry of Hadwen Park Church and a community-based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBTQI individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States.
- Mass Bears and Cubs â€“ Mass Bears and Cubs is a social organization dedicated to Brotherhood, Community and Camaraderie. Their focus is to provide an inclusive gay community in Boston and New England through charitable and social events.
- PAWS New England – PAWS New England has over 100 volunteers, all unpaid, donating their time for one reason only, the love of dogs.
- The List: Boston’s Queer Agenda â€“ The List: Bostonâ€™s Queer Agenda integrates the arts, Internet technology and social change to create cultural activism with a particular eye towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, alternative, womenâ€™s, and progressive communities, including allies.
- Quincy Pride – Q Pride is an all-volunteer, grassroots committee. The great City of Quincy is known for its bold historic traditionâ€™s. Q Pride is carrying on that legacy.
- SpeakOUT Boston – Since 1972, SpeakOUT Boston has conducted peer-led training programs to prepare LGBTQIA* community members to effectively tell their personal stories to create positive social change.
- The Friends of the Plymouth Council on Aging The mission of the Friends of the Plymouth Council on Aging, Inc. is to provide support, improve and expand programs of the Council on Aging of the Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- The History Project â€“ The History Project works to document and preserve the history of Bostonâ€™s LGBT community, and to share the information with the public.
- The Theater Offensive â€“ The Theater Offensive works to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities.
- The Open Theatre – Open Theatre Project is dedicated to providing artistic opportunities which allow the expression of diverse ideas to traditional and non-traditional audiences.
- Trans Club of New England (TCNE) â€“ TCNE is a Boston area transgender support organization for the transgender community. TCNE has offered transgender social activities and support since the 1970â€™s including the annual First Event transgender conference.
- Women of Color Weekend (WoCW) â€“ WoCW is a four-day event in Provincetown, MA designed to elevate, strengthen, educate and celebrate LGBTQIA women of color, nonbinary people of color, gender fluid people of color and allies.
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