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Ferndale Pride Awards Grants to Local LGBTQ+ Advocacy Groups

Funding will help power local programs benefiting the queer community

Jason A. Michael

Ferndale Pride Executive Director Julia Music and Ferndale Community Foundation Chair Dan Martin distributed $24,500 in grant funding at Monday’s city council meeting. The funds, made possible by the success of this year’s Ferndale Pride, went to 11 community groups.

The six Ferndale Pride grantees include Affirmations, ACCESS, Gender Identity Network, Matrix Human Services, TG Detroit and Transgender Michigan. The Community Foundation awarded grants to FernCare Free Clinic, Ferndale Community Concert Band, Ferndale Senior’s Group, Michigan Stage and Southeast Oakland Coalition. 

2023 Ferndale Pride and Ferndale Community Foundation grant recipients. Photo: Jason A. Michael
2023 Ferndale Pride and Ferndale Community Foundation grant recipients. Photo: Jason A. Michael

“Events like Ferndale Pride and the Ferndale Pride Golf Scramble provide opportunities for LGBTQ people to enjoy life and find community,” said Music. “We are proud to bring the community together and to have given $350,000 over the past 13 years to local nonprofits.”

Martin said the programs receiving grants have improved the lives of Ferndale residents of all ages. “We are very proud to help facilitate the funding for these very worthy organizations making an important impact in our community,” he added.

Susan Crocker, director of operations for Transgender Michigan, said the grant from Ferndale Pride helps them to “host other events in Ferndale including Transgender Pride in the Park, Transgender Health Fair and Transgender Job Fair.”

Val Bralt is TG’s Detroit’s vice president. “Since its inception in 2015, TG Detroit has been a social, service and charitable organization,” Bralt said. “We are grateful for the work of the Ferndale Community Foundation and the leadership of Ferndale Pride. They have always been in the forefront of supporting not only the LGBTQ+ community, but all of Southeastern Michigan as an example of community inclusion.”

To learn more about Ferndale Pride, visit its new website at ferndalepride.com.

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