Pride Fort Lauderdale presented $15,000 in Community and Trans Pride Grants to 15 South Florida organizations at an awards reception on Wednesday June 6 at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors.
More than 30 organizations applied for the $1,000 grants, funded from proceeds of Pride Fort Lauderdale’s 2018 festival, “The Love Pride,” held on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Valentine’s weekend. Each of the recipients is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that offers outreach or services to the local LGBTQ community. Twelve were first-time recipients.
Five of the 15 grants were earmarked specifically for projects within the transgender community and were funded from sponsorships and beverage sales at the first South Florida Trans Pride celebration, held in conjunction with Pride Fort Lauderdale. The grants will fund projects ranging from HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, health care, legal services and food insecurity to education, arts and culture and youth.
Recipients of 2018 Pride Fort Lauderdale Community Grants include:
- Broward Navy Days, Inc.
- Deliver the Dream
- Health Awareness for Life, Inc.
- High Impacto
- Julian’s Fountain of Youth
- Pet Project for Pets
- Safe Schools South Florida
- Stonewall National Museum & Archives
- SunServe Women’s Services
- TransSOCIAL, Inc.
Recipients of 2018 South Florida Trans Pride Grants include:
- Arianna’s Center
- Legal Aid Service of Broward County
- South Florida Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida
SUMMARIES OF SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSALS:
PRIDE FORT LAUDERDALE COMMUNITY GRANTS
Broward Navy Days, Inc.
First-ever reception for LGBTQ military service members visiting South Florida during Fleet Week Port Everglades 2019.
Deliver the Dream
Develop two HIV/AIDS components for the organization’s retreat program that enables families experiencing serious illness or crisis to regain strength, mend spirits and just be families again.
Health Awareness for Life, Inc.
Grant will subsidize the production costs of 12 episodes of the organization’s radio show, “Mas Alla de Tu Nariz,” focusing on health, education, immigration and family topics.
HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs for men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) in Broward County’s diverse Latino community.
Julian’s Fountain of Youth
Grant will support the Fort Lauderdale Youth Empowerment Retreat, a leadership training program in July for 24 local LGBTQ youth.
Pet Project for Pets
Provide food, supplies and medication for pets serving as companions to patients with terminal illnesses or disabilities, senior citizens and owners in financial need.
Safe Schools South Florida
Funding for Youth Speaker Program, which helps students explore, process, craft and share their personal K-12 journies in a compelling and well organized manner.
Stonewall National Museum & Archives
Underwrite special LGBTQ exhibitions and film screenings throughout the year at the museum’s Wilton Manors gallery.
SunServe Women’s Services
Fund an outreach event at the Museum of Discovery and Science specifically aimed at reaching LGBTQ families and those wishing to start families.
Support for Legal Name and Gender Marker Change Program for transgender people.
SOUTH FLORIDA TRANS PRIDE GRANTS
Support for monthly Goddesses of Florida parties and other outreach programs to the Latinx transgender community.
Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Build coalitions in Broward County and provide legal services within the LGBTQ community with an emphasis on transgender residents.
Assemble and distribute 80 healthy food packs to members of the local transgender community in need.
South Florida Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Funding and distribution of HIV-education and social outreach materials with a focus on the local transgender community.
Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida
Funding for the fifth annual TransArt exhibition and conference in January 2019.