REGION – The Samara Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, announces awards of $65,000 in grants and scholarships in its sixth annual competitive grant round at the Foundation. The fund awarded $55,000 to 18 nonprofits, including support for the Vermont Pride Festival and Parade on Sunday, Sept. 10, and $10,000 in scholarships to five high school seniors.
This year’s grant making was made possible in part by contributions from Vermont Community Foundation fund holders, as well as dozens of gifts to the Samara Fund from supporters of Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
The projects this year include many involving performance arts and films addressing LGBTQ issues, a program to connect LGBTQ people with one another in rural areas, and several programs for HIV/AIDS prevention and support services.
The Samara Fund’s vision is to be Vermont’s leading source of permanent support dedicated to nurturing the vitality, success, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities through dynamic and sustained philanthropy.
For more information about the Samara Fund and this year’s grants, visit vermontcf.org/samara.
A Sampling of the 2017 Grants
AIDS Project of Southern Vermont received $4,000 to support HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and services in the Brattleboro and Bennington areas.
Green Mountain Crossroads in Brattleboro received $4,000 to connect rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power.
HIV/HCV Resource Center in West Lebanon, N.H. received $3,000 for HIV/AIDS and HCV prevention and service programs in the Upper Valley.
New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro received $3,000 to support a play that will teach about attitudes of prejudice and tolerance faced by the LGTBQ community.
Outright Vermont in Burlington received $4,000 to operate Friday Night Group, a support program for LGBTQ youth in Burlington, Montpelier, and Brattleboro.
Women’s Freedom Center in Brattleboro received $500 to screen films featuring LGBTQI stories at the Women’s Film Festival.