Beginning Nov. 15, the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will accept grant applications for programs that support the local LGBTQ+ community.
Nonprofits may apply for either an impact grant or a micro grant, with impact grants starting at $10,000 and micro grants starting at $1,000. Strong preference will be given to impact grant proposals that create safer environments for LGBTQ+ youth, combat phobias of the LGBTQ+ community, and support mental health and suicide prevention programs for LGBTQ+ people.
In addition to these areas of focus, micro grant proposals will also be accepted for a wider range of programs that benefit the LGBTQ+ community, including the arts, community events and nonprofit operational needs.
All grant requests are due by Saturday, Dec. 15, and decisions will be announced in March. Nonprofits may be asked to schedule a site visit or in-person interview with the committee during the grant review process.
A link to apply is available at www.akroncf.org/ApplyGCEF. Questions about the application process should be directed to John Garofalo, vice president of community investment, at (330) 436-5624 or [email protected].
Founded in 2001, the Gay Community Endowment Fund is a permanent philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation. The fund advances a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Akron by investing in strategic and responsive grantmaking that empowers the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. For info or to contribute, call (330) 376-8522 or visit www.gaycommunityfund.org.