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Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for Growing Together Initiative

GTI funds help local agencies fight discrimination against local LGBT community

Grant applications are now available to community based organizations looking to strengthen their capacity to support the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered community, to raise general awareness, and to fight discrimination.

The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF) established the Growing Together Initiative in 2001 in response to continuing reports of the violation of civil rights, discrimination and violence against members of the LGBT community. A Community Individual Survey was developed and distributed first in 2001 and again in 2008 to identify attitudes and prioritize issues.

Survey results indicated the following seven issues in this order: Civil rights advocacy, marriage equality, media accuracy, domestic partner issues, anti-LGBT violence, employment / job discrimination, and housing discrimination.

“We are so pleased by the responses we’ve received from survey participants, and from those who wish to support this important effort,” said Janice Fong Wolf, SLOCCF Director of Grants and Programs. “Local agencies and groups are in place to support the LGBT community, and with help from these grants, they can do much more.”

Grant amounts up to $3,000 are available and the deadline for submitting completed applications is October 15, 2009. Grants from the Growing Together Initiative of up to $1,000 are also available through the Community Action Project grant year-round, awarded to organizations addressing emerging local needs.

For an application form, or for more information, log on to http://www.sloccf.org and click on the Growing Together Initiative link under Featured Programs. Or call 543-2323.


September 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment