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HOPE Fund awards second round of Racial Equity grants

By |2018-01-16T14:23:41-05:00December 17th, 2009|News|

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan this month awarded grants totaling more than $37,000 from the HOPE Fund’s Racial Equity Initiative.
The HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan works to provide necessary funding to increase their capacity and strength of nonprofit organizations serving the state’s LGBT community. Since its inception in 1994, more than $1.2 million in grants have been made through the HOPE Fund. The organization also helps people carry out their charitable wishes to benefit the LGBT community.
The Racial Equity Initiative is a project of the Community Foundation’s HOPE Fund that works to help build the leadership and capacity of LGBT people of color organizations in southeast Michigan. Over the last two years, REI has provided support for leadership training for eight LGBT people of color organizations.
The first round of grants were made last year to KICK, the agency for Detroit’s black LGBT community; and Sistahs Providing Intelligence Creativity and Empowerment through a competitive process.
This month, a second round of grants from the Foundation’s Racial Equity Initiative will support the following programs:
– $21,016 for support for a second grant to KICK for strategic financial training and development activities.
– $6,562 for support for capacity building for Al GAMEA, an association for the Middle Eastern LGBT community. This grant supports Al GAMEA as it develops plans to better connect with other LGBT organizations, in order to leverage services and referrals, and also create a social marketing campaign to reach new members. – $10,000 for support for board training and leadership development activities for House of Infiniti.
Recently, the Community Foundation also announced the establishment of the HOPE Fund’s LGBT Racial Equity Endowment Fund, a permanent endowment to support organizations that benefit the people of color community. HOPE Fund Committee members and volunteers are now undergoing an effort to grow that endowment fund.

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