The LGBT Community Endowment

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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 that LGBT people face every day.

The mission of the LGBT Community Endowment Fund is to provide financial support to organizations that address the community’s unique challenges and to create a positive, thriving environment.

Through the power of collective philanthropy, contributions to the Fund generate impactful grants to nonprofit organizations and projects throughout NWPA. These grants will address wide-ranging needs focused on key priorities, examples of which are:

  • Creating safe schools for LGBT students
  • Alleviating homelessness among our youth
  • Addressing substance abuse and health challenges
  • Promoting equality at work, in housing, and in all facets of community life
  • Encouraging family support and recognition
  • Supporting a more LGBT-inclusive, strong and vibrant home region

Join Us!
You can make a difference. By contributing to the LGBT Community Endowment Fund, you can maximize your philanthropic impact. Together, like-minded individuals who share this commitment will create real and dynamic change. We encourage you to make your tax-deductible contribution of cash or other assets now.

You may also choose to leave an estate gift, or to create your own individually named endowment fund. Both are meaningful ways to support this important work. Give us a call at 814-454-0843 and allow us to work with you and your professional advisors to determine the gift best for you and your personal goals and timeline


Mini-Grant RFP

The LGBT Community Endowment, a donor advised fund of The Erie Community Foundation, is, therefore, issuing this Request for Proposals.

We are currently seeking proposals for projects that address various needs in the LGBTQIA community, which include but are not limited to:

  • Safe schools
  • Youth homelessness
  • Substance abuse and other health challenges
  • Housing and workplace equality
  • Family support and recognition

The LGBT Community Endowment has committed $5,000 for this mini-grant cycle. Individual proposals will be accepted for any amount between $2,500 and $5,000.

Eligibility: any Erie County 501(c)3 nonprofit

Ineligibility: for-profit, sectarian religious activities, fund-raising solely, hospitality projects

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by May 28, 2021 by clicking here.

Important Dates: Finalist(s) will be selected by June 30, 2021 and grant recipient(s) will be announced in July.

Questions? Contact Susannah Weis Frigon, CFP®, Vice President, Philanthropic Services, Erie Community Foundation at 814-454-0843.