Vermont Business Magazine 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, September 10, and $10,000 in scholarships to five high school seniors.
This year’s grantmaking was made possible in part by contributions from Vermont Community Foundation fundholders, 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.
AIDS Project of Southern Vermont received $4,000 to support HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and services in the Brattleboro and Bennington areas.
Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph received $4,000 to support the Vermont Pride Theater Festival.
Common Ground Center in Starksboro received $3,500 to support Camp Outright, a summer camp for queer youth.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington received $750 to support a dance, theater, and storytelling program that gives voice to long-term survivors of the AIDS pandemic.
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, New Hampshire 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.
Pride Center of Vermont in Burlington received $3,000 to support a Trans Program Coordinator advocacy position and $3,500 to support the 2017 annual Pride Parade and Festival.
Vermont Stage Company in Burlington received $4,500 to support the production of FUN HOME, a musical about a young lesbian based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel.
Women's Freedom Center in Brattleboro received $500 to screen films featuring LGBTQI stories at the Women's Film Festival.
Wonder & Wisdom received $2,750 to support Stand UP! For Social Justice which provides education and support to LGBTQ students through workshops, performing arts, activism, and more.
2017 SAMARA FUND SCHOLARSHIPS WERE AWARDED TO SENIORS AT THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:
· Harwood Union High School (two students)
· Randolph High School
· St. Johnsbury Academy
· Williamstown Middle High School
The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community. Visit www.vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.
Source: Vermont Community Foundation. 9.5.2017. For more information about the Samara Fund and this year's grants visit vermontcf.org/samara.