Salt Lake City, Utah – Established in 2011, with an aim to strengthen Utah’s LGBTQ community and our state as a whole, the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah has awarded grants totaling $318,000 to organizations throughout the state. This year alone, $34,000 has been awarded to 11 organizations that were selected from a record number of competitive applicants.
In an effort to further spotlight and celebrate the efforts of these organizations, the fund selection committee members (Jane Marquardt, Jim Dabakis, Carol Gnade, Michelle Turpin, Jeffrey Mathis, and Lauryn Hansen) are hosting a reception on August 29th 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 wellbeing 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.”
2017 grants awarded to:
Comunidades Unidas, Community Promise/Promesa Comunitaria
Encircle, Youth, Family and Community Programming, and Therapeutic Services
Equality Utah, Wellstone Action Boot Camp
Plan-B Theatre, The world premier of THE ICE FRONT by Eric Samuelsen
Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), 2017/2018 productions of HIR and FUN 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 Persons in Transition
Utah Film Center, Damn These Heels
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Out Loud
Utah Pride Center, Survivors of Suicide Attempts (SOSA)
Utah Public Radio, A UPR Original Series – Off the Grid
Youth Futures, Program Operations
About The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund
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.