Chicago Community Trust’s LGBT Community Fund awards $200,000 in Impact Grants


CHICAGO –The LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust announces $200,000 in Impact Grants to 8 organizations for programs serving the LGBTQ Community in Chicago.

The Impact Grants RFP was launched in fall 2018 as a response to the disadvantages in access to social programs related to healthcare, housing, and employment medical care, justice and legal aid, education and personal safety for the LGBT Community in Chicagoland area.

The organizations awarded have programmatic focus areas of healthcare, community safety, services for youth and senior citizens. The grant recipients were announced at the LGBT Community Fund Impact Grants Reception hosted at The Chicago Community Trust on May 9, 2019. The recipients include: Affinity Community Services, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, The Night Ministry and Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN).

“Our grant recipients and their collaborative partners are our advocates on the ground in building and strengthening the LGBTQ community and in understanding the needs of the community. We are honored to provide grants to support these innovative organizations doing impactful work in Chicago’s LGBTQ community,” said Ken O’Keefe, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the LGBT Community Fund.  “Five of these organizations have received prior grants from the LGBT Community Fund and three are new grant recipients.”

Since 2015, the LGBT Community Fund has granted over $1 million to 30 organizations working diligently to improve the quality of life for Chicago’s LGBTQ community. Through four rounds of grant making that included Impact, Community and Transformational grants, the Fund has provided seed money and capacity-building resources, supported innovative projects reaching traditionally underserved populations and helped to address urgent needs in healthcare, safety, and youth and senior services.

“Organizations receiving awards from the 2019 Impact Grants are providing critical services that align with five of the seven needs identified in the 2019 Community Needs Assessment conducted by Morten Group on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund,” said Denise Foy, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee. Grant recipients are addressing inequality in the LGBTQ community related to: High-Quality, Affordable, Culturally Responsive and Comprehensive Healthcare; Employment/Underemployment and Equity in the Job Market; Support Accessing Quality Human and Government Services; Community Safety; and Violence Prevention for All.

  • Affinity Community Services, will expand its program for LGBTQ+ older adults to include and intentional intergenerational programming; inclusive, affirming workshops to make aging manageable and social programming to combat loneliness.
  • AIDS Foundation Chicago/Pride Action Tank (PAT) will improve care for LGBTQ+ older adults living in long-term care facilities in the Chicago area by raising awareness around issues facing this community and through the dissemination of videos and a toolkit for facility staff.
  • Brave Space Alliance, will promote public safety for transgender people in Chicago through grassroots organizing and self-defense training.
  • Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, will provide an in-depth scan of local services and their effectiveness, to inform the development of local HIV elimination initiatives.
  • Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, will increase access to Know Your Rights materials, both online and in hard copy, by creating and distributing marketing materials and upgrading online viewing systems.
  • Night Ministry–The Crib, will support the health, safety, and well-being of homeless young people ages 18-24 by providing shelter for up to 21 young people each night. Staff provide young adults with life skills counseling, referrals, HIV testing, and health education.
  • Puerto Rican Cultural Center, will provide a safe space for low income and unstably housed LGBTQ youth under 24 years old.
  • TPAN, will hire a specialist to provide support services, links to housing support, case management and access to on-site primary care and expand the 3-day/week drop-in space for LGBTQ young adults, ages 18-29.

For more information or to donate to LGBT Community Fund visit lgbtfund.org.

Press release from LGBT Community Fund



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