LGBT Community Endowment Awards Mini-Grants Valued at $15K to Four Local Nonprofits

June 15, 2020

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The Erie Community Foundation is proud to announce the first round of mini-grants provided by the LGBT Community Endowment. “These grants represent the vision of the donors to the fund which is to provide financial support to organizations that address the LGBTQ+ community’s unique challenges and to create a positive, thriving environment,” said Erie Community Foundation President Mike Batchelor. The grants are as follows:

  • $5,000 to Crime Victim Center of Erie County for “Counseling and Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students.”
  • $5,000 to the Greater Erie Alliance for “E3 LGBTQ Youth Summit 2020.”
  • $2,500 to HANDS for “Understanding the Housing Needs of At Risk and Homeless Youth in Erie County.”
  • $2,500 to the Wattsburg Area School District for “Wattsburg Area School District Diversity and Equity Project.”

“Supporting the grassroots work of four nonprofits that are system leaders will make a

difference in the lives of kids, while also bringing attention to the values of diversity,” added Batchelor.

The LGBT Community Endowment Fund, a donor advised fund of The Erie Community Foundation, was established in 2014 by a grant from the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality to address the unique challenges LGBT people face every day. “Any donor can make a gift to the LGBT Fund at the Foundation, which is the power of collective philanthropy,” said Susannah Weis Frigon, Vice President of Philanthropic Services. “Anyone interested in learning more should call us. We help donors and their professional advisors determine the best gift to reach personal goals and timelines,” Weis Frigon added.