Pride Foundation Announces 2015-2016 Community Grants Awards


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Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four A’s)
Location: Anchorage, AK
Area Served: Juneau, AK
Project Name: Four A’s Southeast Alaska HIV Prevention Project
Population: General, Rural/Remote, HIV

Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four A’s) provides a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ people and participates actively in local LGBTQ community, working to remove the barriers between LGBTQ communities and full sexual health. This funding will support the HIV prevention efforts of the Four A’s in Southeast Alaska. HIV prevention programs include free rapid HIV testing, condom distribution, a syringe access program, and community outreach that raises awareness of HIV/AIDS and empowers people to lower their individual risks of acquiring or transmitting the virus. While these programs are available to the entire Southeast Alaskan community, there is an emphasis on reaching men who have sex with men (MSM) as a high-risk population for HIV infection.

Identity, Inc.
Location: Anchorage, AK
Area Served: Alaska, Statewide
Project Name: Alaska LGBTQ Statewide Health Needs Assessment
Population: General, Rural/Remote

Identity’s mission is to advance Alaska’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through advocacy, education and connectivity. Funding will support the planning and development of the first-ever Alaska LGBTQ Statewide Health Needs Assessment. This project is a collaboration of Identity Inc., and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage working with a statewide coalition of partner organizations and stakeholders. The goal of this project is to build support, grow collaborative efforts and collect data that will help us change policy and practices in order to promote the health, well-being and safety of Alaska’s LGBTQ community.

SEAGLA, the Southeast Alaska LGBTQ+ Alliance
Location: Juneau, AK
Area Served: Juneau, AK
Project Name: General Operating Support
Population: General, Rural/Remote

 The Southeast Alaska LGBTQ+ Alliance (SEAGLA) is an all-volunteer organization which provides leadership and support to the LGBTQ+ community of Southeast Alaska. SEAGLA is a vibrant and organized group of individuals providing a network for LGBTQ+ involvement in Southeast Alaska. Funding will support organizational capacity building.

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American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho
Location: Boise, ID
Area Served: Idaho, Statewide
Project Name: ACLU of Idaho’s Activist Training
Population Served: General, Rural/Remote

The ACLU of Idaho is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. Funds will support the ACLU of Idaho’s Activist Training program, which provides education, hands-on experience and materials to teach citizens their rights at the Capitol Building. This training focuses on policy and advocacy issues affecting Idaho’s LGBTQ community with a focus on increasing participation from rural residents to create a larger, and more diverse, net of equality advocates.

Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho (FSA)
Location: Pocatello, ID
Area Served: Southeast Idaho
Project Name: Expanding Outreach Services to LGBTQ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Population Served: Urban, Rural/Remote, Survivors

Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho (FSA) promotes safe and thriving families and works to end physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and provide victim support. Funding will support developing outreach materials for LGBTQ survivors explaining availability of services; improving the office and shelter environment of FSA to increase a sense of welcoming for LGBTQ individuals; and providing onsite crisis intervention to LGBTQ victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The project will expand on current outreach services and increase accessibility of vital advocacy services for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking for the LGBTQ community.

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Location: Boise, ID
Area Served: Idaho, Statewide
Project Name: Rural LGBTQ Youth Leadership Initiative
Population Served: Youth and Families, Rural/remote

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence works to be a leader in the movement to end violence against women and girls, men and boys – across the life span before violence has occurred – because violence is preventable. Funding will support Idaho Coalition’s Rural LGBTQ Youth Leadership Initiative. The Idaho Coalition believes that young people must lead the movement against gender violence and in creating a better Idaho and society and the Rural LGBTQ Youth Leadership Initiative would remove barriers for LGBTQ youth in rural Idaho to participating in youth activism and organizing.

Inland Oasis
Location: Moscow, ID
Area Served: North central Idaho, southeastern Washington
Project Name: Inland Oasis General Operating Support
Population Served: General, Rural/remote

Inland Oasis exists to develop and maintain a community center in which we conduct and support educational, social, and health programming for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and allied communities on the Palouse. Funds will be used for HIV/AIDS-related testing services at Inland Oasis which provides a community center, HIV and Hepatitis C screening, Palouse Pride, Family Thanksgiving, Drag Bingo, and other social and health programming for LGBTQ people and allies in Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho.

North Idaho AIDS Coalition (NIAC)
Location: Coeur d’Alene, ID
Area Served: North Idaho
Project Name: The Condom Shop
Population Served: General, Rural/remote

North Idaho AIDS Coalition (NIAC) is dedicated to serving the changing faces of AIDS by providing community prevention, education, free testing, as well as care and advocacy for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in North Idaho. Funding will support “The Condom Shop” project, a collaborative effort with the State of Idaho Prevention Program. The Condom Shop will be raising awareness, educating community members, and encouraging safe sex to reduce HIV and STDs in North Idaho. The shop will stock different types and brands of condoms, safe sex materials, education pamphlets, and area resource information, all free of charge and be available to members of NIAC’s Mpowerment group of young MSM men aged 18-27.

PFLAG Moscow
Location: Moscow, ID
Area Served: North central Idaho, southeastern Washington
Project Name: Moscow PFLAG General Operating Support
Population Served: General, Urban/city, rural/remote

PFLAG Moscow promotes the health and well-being of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, agender, or other diverse gender or sexuality identity categories, and their families, friends and allies through: support, education and advocacy. Funding will support this new chapter’s general start-up operating expenses such as purchasing a computer, business cards, designing materials to distribute at meetings and events.

Pocatello High School
Location: Pocatello, ID
Area Served: Pocatello, ID
Project Name: Gay-Straight Alliance Club Support for 3 Pocatello High Schools
Population Served: Youth, Urban/city, rural/remote

This is a collaborative project for three new gay-straight alliance clubs at the three main high schools in Pocatello, Idaho—Pocatello High School, Highland High School and Century High School. In the last two years, the community has had at least three teen suicides with an identifiable element of LGBT-related harassment, victim-identification, or allegations. While a handful of students at each high school feel comfortable and confident in being out, so many more do not, and even more do not have support at home. School administration recognized that starting GSAs are “unchartered territory” for each of the schools, the advisors, students and administrators, but much needed in helping to address the culture of the schools. Funding will provide a base to get the clubs off the ground so they can work on engaging students and towards sustainability.

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Great Falls LGBTQ Community Center
Location:  Great Falls, Montana
Area Served:  Central, Northern and Eastern Montana – rural and reservation areas
Population Served: Rural/remote, Reservation

The Great Falls LGBTQ Center is a newly established community resource center. The Center provides educational, advocacy, and social programs, as well as mental health services, for the LGBTQ and ally communities of Great Falls and the rural and reservation areas of Central and Eastern Montana. The Center is currently staffed by volunteers and has been previously funded entirely by in-kind donations. Funding will support the building organizational capacity, programming, outreach, and operational costs needed to achieve sustainability and longevity.

Montana Human Rights Network in collaboration with Forward Montana Foundation & Montana Women Vote
Location:  Helena and Missoula, MT
Area Served: Montana
Population Served: Montana, Statewide
Project Name: Montana LGBTQ Executive Action Project

Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN), Forward Montana Foundation (FMF), and Montana Women Vote (MWV) are collaborating to pursue LGBTQ policies through administrative actions in 2016. Funding will support research, community building, developing processes and programs to gather input and empower individuals within affected communities to advocate for these reforms.

National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Missoula
Location: Missoula, MT
Area Served: Montana, Statewide
Project Name: Queer Youth Support and Empowerment Programs
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

National Coalition Building Institute’s (NCBI) Queer Youth Support and Empowerment Programs empower LGBTQ and allied youth as role models and change agents in schools and communities. NCBI aims to empower LGBTQ youth through a weekly confidential support group, “Youth Forward”. Funding will support NCBI’s work in developing Youth Forward groups in Billings and Helena, train LGBTQ and allied youth as leaders to facilitate violence prevention and anti-bullying/prejudice reduction workshops, and provide LGBTQ 101 trainings for educators, law enforcement, and advocacy groups. NCBI Missoula also serve as Montana’s GSA Network, providing support and technical assistance to new and existing GSAs across the state and are a trusted resource for policy work focused on youth such as non-discrimination policies in schools.

Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition (FRHRC)
Location: St. Ignatius, Montana
Area Served: Flathead Reservation – Northwestern Montana
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition promotes the cause of human rights in the Flathead Reservation community, affirming rights of men, women, and children. FRHRC provides educational events to Native American youth on the Flathead Reservation on LGBTQ issues including bullying, two spirit issues in the Native American community, racism, harm reduction, and substance abuse. Funds will support a joint community organizing training with the youth and NCBI Missoula and help build a stronger GSA network in all of the schools in the surrounding area. FRHRC also partners with advocacy organizations such as Gender Expansion Project, and Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence to present on intersectional issues impacting Native American youth.

Butte AIDS Support Services (BASS)
Location: Butte, Montana
Area Served: Southern Montana
Populations Served: General, Rural/Remote

Butte AIDS Support Services (BASS) is an all-volunteer run social service organization, which has been in existence since 1984. The assistance program provides food cards, gas cards, medicine co-pays, Medicare Part D deductibles, nutritional supplements and emergency assistance. Many people depend on BASS for their basic needs, and funding will allow BASS to continue to provide these critical services. Funding will provide essential financial support for the BASS assistance program.

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Bradley Angle
Location: Portland, OR
Area Served: Portland Metro Area
Project Name: LGBTQ Program for Survivors
Populations Served: General, Survivors

Bradley Angle serves all people affected by domestic violence, providing support for safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope. This grant will seed a special fund to build capacity in their LGBTQ program to create a part-time LGBTQ advocate position. As the only Portland provider of services to survivors of domestic violence who identify as LGBTQ, Bradley Angle is called upon to provide a wide range of supportive services, as well as outreach and education to other organizations about the prevalence of domestic violence in LGBTQ intimate relationships who are trying to build their capacity in this area.

Center for Intercultural Organizing
Location: Portland, OR
Area Served: Portland Metro Area
Project Name: Resilient Connections
Populations Served: People of Color, Immigrants

Center for Intercultural Organizing leads community-based efforts to protect and expand immigrant and refugee rights through education, civic engagement, policy advocacy, community mobilization, and intergenerational leadership development. CIO is building internal capacity to ensure their organizational structure emphasizes the needs of their LGBTQ members and that they are a key partner for LGBTQ justice. CIO will use funds to continue to grow their group Resilient Connections, a group formed by and for LGBTQ immigrants, refugees, and people of color in the Portland Tri-County area that provides individual support and develops ways to advocate for institutional and systemic change on the issues that impact their lives.

HIV Alliance
Location: Eugene, OR
Area Served: Lane County, Central and Southwestern OR
Project Name: Expanding Prevention Services to Rural Counties in Oregon
Populations Served: Rural/Remote, General

HIV Alliance provides care coordination to people living with HIV/AIDS in eleven counties in Oregon. Lack of HIV prevention services particularly impacts rural counties, where individuals experience discrimination not only because they are gay or because they have HIV, but also because they live in an area where access to culturally appropriate health services/providers is non-existent or diminishing. Funding will support outreach and testing to gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Lane, Douglas, Josephine, and Curry Counties in Oregon.

Immigration Counseling Services
Location: Portland, OR
Area Served: Portland Metro Area
Project Name: Legal Services for LGBQ+ Immigrants & Refugees
Populations Served: People of Color, Immigrants/Refugees

Immigration Counseling Services (ICS) works to eliminate barriers to justice by providing low-cost legal services and free informational forums for immigrants in Oregon and SW Washington. In recent years, ICS has seen an increased need for legal services for LGBTQ refugees who have been victims of crime or persecution. Funds will be used to subsidize some or all of the legal services and coordination fees for LGBTQ+ immigrants who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, support assistance to LGBTQ+ survivors of trafficking and for the development of materials designed to reach LGBTQ+ immigrants who have not yet accessed legal services.

The Living Room
Location: Milwaukie, OR
Area Served: Clackamas County, OR
Project Name: General Operating Support
Populations Served: Youth, Rural/Remote

The Living Room creates safe spaces through community education and collaborations using youth/adult partnership model, they offer accessible programming and resources that encourage the personal growth and leadership skills of LGBTQ youth and their allies. This year The Living Room has seen a dramatic increase in the number of youth attending the weekly drop in. Funds will support the weekly drop in, Gay Straight Alliance/Queer Straight Alliance groups, community education, and suicide intervention training.

Lotus Rising Project
Location: Medford, OR
Area Served: Southwestern Oregon
Project Name: Expansion and Inclusion: Comprehensively Serving LBG and Trans Youth in Southern Oregon
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Lotus Rising Project is a youth-initiated, compassion-based service organization that embraces diversity and creates community and social change through respect, education, and responsible action. Lotus Rising Project has been serving LBGTQ youth and adults in Southern Oregon since 2008. Funding will support the expansion of its flagship program, Not Straight Not Sure (NSNS), a youth support and social group, by building its capacity to be inclusive of transgender individuals. Lotus Rising Project will be expanding their services to transgender youth and adults, including addressing clothing and binder needs, organizational cultural competency, support group expansion into other counties, and one-on-one advocacy.

Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force
Location: Keizer, OR
Area Served: Statewide
Project Name: Improving Medical-Forensic Care for Transgender Sexual Assault Patients through Expanding Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training
Populations Served: Trans, Rural/Remote, Survivors

This project builds on the Task Force’s efforts to improve the medical-forensic-care to transgender sexual assault patients. Through training and technical assistance, the project will increase access to competent healthcare following a sexual assault for trans* identified people and equip Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) with the language and skills necessary to meaningfully provide medical-forensic care to trans* patients. Funding will support translating their current curriculum on the “Medical-Forensic Care for Transgender Patients” into a nursing Reference Guide and a Train-the-Trainer Toolkit; deliver two – 1 ½ day trainings in Oregon and Washington; and provide one webinar to introduce the materials nationally with FORGE, a national organization that focuses on ending sexual assault for transgender people.

PFLAG Oregon Central Coast (OCC)
Location: Newport, OR
Area Served: Oregon Central Coast
Project Name: Upstander, Not Bystander: Community Bully Prevention Project
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

PFLAG Oregon Central Coast’s (OCC) main focus is to make area schools and communities safer for LGBTQ youth in rural environments, especially where LGBTQ people are often isolated. Funding will support PFLAG OCC community coalition building in order to be proactive in preventing bullying against all vulnerable students in their community. PFLAG OCC will be training three schools to adopt bully prevention programs, presenting at two Youth Leadership Academies, and an LGBTQ-related conference.

PFLAG Portland Black Chapter
Location: Portland, OR
Area Served: Portland Metro Area
Project Name: Peer Educational Leadership Cohort
Populations Served: Youth & Families, People of Color

PFLAG Portland Black Chapter (PBC) promotes the health and well-being of Black LGBTQ people, their families, and friends through support, education, organizing, and advocacy. PBC is the first African American chapter of PFLAG in the nation and was formed to address culturally specific work in the Black community around LGBTQ equality in Portland and communities beyond. Funding will support PBC expansion of its current programming serving LGBTQIA+ youth of color in Portland metro. This project works to empower the most vulnerable and marginalized youth through a peer educational leadership cohort that includes a built-in leadership pipeline for youth who continue the program.

SAGE Metro Portland, a program of Friendly House, Inc.
Location: Portland, OR
Area Served: Portland Metro Area
Project Name: General Operating Support
Populations Served: Elders

SAGE Metro Portland is the only program in the state of Oregon serving older LGBT adults. By providing advocacy, care coordination, and civic engagement for LGBT older adults, a population that is often marginalized by mainstream senior centers and providers, SAGE connects this population to culturally appropriate resources and social, recreational, and fitness opportunities that are free from discrimination. Funding will support SAGE Metro’s programs and training of social services providers, government agencies, in-home care workers, business community, and nursing and social work students on working with the LGBT elders/seniors utilizing a nationally-recognized curriculum that affirms the lives of LGBT older adults.

Location: Eugene, OR
Area Served: Lane County
Project Name: TeachOUT Youth Leadership Summit
Populations Served: Youth, Rural/Remote

TeachOUT creates anti-oppressive and culturally sustaining classrooms and communities, and supports opportunities for engaging students and educators in putting forward thoughtful alternative visions of teaching and teaching practices, of assessment and accountability, and of schools and schooling. Funding will support the TeachOUT series of annual anti-oppressive teacher education outreach events, forums, and activities. This series is linked to regional middle and high school Gay Straight Alliance and Queer Alliance clubs through the Queer Youth Leadership Summit, as well as statewide educational leaders and national education policy and research.

TransActive Gender Center
Location: Portland, OR
Area Served: Portland, Statewide
Project Name: General Operating Support
Populations Served: Trans, Youth & Families

TransActive Gender Center provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender diverse children, youth, and their families in living healthy lives, free of discrimination. TransActive serves more than 430 family units in the Portland Metro area, in addition to influencing policy changes at the local, county, and state level. Funding will support the expansion of current services as TransActive is experiencing unprecedented growth in the number of families needing services and additional increase in demand for educational workshops, professional training, and transgender rights advocacy.

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API Chaya
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Seattle/King County
Project Name: Queer Network Program
Populations Served: People of Color, Survivors

API Chaya supports Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. API Chaya’s Queer Network Program engages the Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning community in the greater Seattle area to address and prevent intimate partner violence. The program builds skills among allies and community members, raises the visibility of the community and concerns, and supports survivors of violence as well as their friends and family. Funding will support program staff and expenses and will help enable API Chaya to engage 600-800 people through the Queer Network Program in 2016.

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Area Served: Greater Walla Walla Region, Pasco, Pendleton, Lewiston, and Clarkston
Project Name: Outreach Education and HIV Prevention
Population Served: Suburban, Rural/Remote, Reservation

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart (BMH2H) will provide outreach education and HIV prevention to at-risk, vulnerable, and underserved populations. Outreach work will focus on people in tribal communities and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) who are hard to reach through traditional government organizations. Funding will help expand current service areas to Lewiston and Clarkston and begin promoting case management services in order to link people to care.

Cardea Services
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Statewide
Project Name: Supporting Transgender Youth and Adults through Clinical Systems Improvements
Population Served: Trans, Rural/Remote

Cardea works to improve organizations’ abilities to deliver accessible, high quality, culturally proficient, and compassionate services to their clients. Funding will support the following: 1) design a research-based, theory-driven organizational assessment tool to identify strengths and opportunities in primary care sites to develop/enhance the provision of culturally and clinically proficient care to transgender and gender-nonconforming youth; 2) pilot the tool at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle (a community clinic of Seattle Children’s Hospital); 3) develop recommendations for clinical systems improvements, including policies, protocols, and professional development; and 4) generate a case study on the process for dissemination to health centers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.

Caring and Aging with Pride
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Seattle/King County
Project Name: At-risk and Underserved: LGBTQ Older Adults in Seattle/King County
Population Served: Elders

Caring and Aging with Pride over Time, is the first ever on-going national project designed to better understand the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults 50 years of age and older. The report prepared by Aging with Pride, At-Risk and Underserved: LGBTQ Older Adults in Seattle/King County, identifies LGBTQ older adults as a growing population facing significant social and health disparities. The goal of this report is to provide information that will aid in developing effective ways to better address the aging needs of culturally diverse LGBTQ older adults and their families in Seattle/King County. This report is the first and is well positioned to be a landmark publication in Seattle’s history of serving LGBTQ older adults, their families, and caregivers. Funds will support printing and disseminating the report to providers, caregivers, and policymakers.

Cedar Rivers Clinic – Tacoma
Location: Tacoma, WA
Area Served: Pierce and Thurston Counties
Project Name: LGBTQ Wellness Services program
Population Served: Transgender, Rural/Remote

Cedar Rivers Clinic works to achieve reproductive freedom. They provide abortion and reproductive health services and information, so women may determine their own destinies. In addition, the organization is currently in the process of revising its mission to have gender inclusive language and to reflect its long-time commitment to promoting the freedom and self-determination of people of all gender identities. Funding will support medical services through their LGBTQ Wellness Services program which offers patients quality health care at our Tacoma clinic by providing access in a safe, culturally responsive, and compassionate environment. Currently, the largest service segment for their program is transgender care.

Center for Children and Youth Justice
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Statewide
Project Name: eQuality Project
Population Served: Youth & Families

In 2013, the eQuality Project at the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) began the first comprehensive research effort on the experiences of Washington’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the child welfare (CW) and juvenile justice (JJ) systems. Since that time, eQuality has gathered first-hand accounts from LGBTQ system alumni, collected the observations of system professionals and community-based service providers about their experiences working with LGBTQ youth, and conducted extensive reviews of existing research, laws, policies, and practices relevant to system-involved LGBTQ youth. This effort culminated the report, Listening to Their Voices. Funding will support the next phase of the project the development and piloting in King County the Protocol for Safe and Affirming Care (PSAC). PSAC includes a detailed guide for youth-serving professionals in both systems to better identify, engage, and serve LGBTQ youth and a training curriculum that will enable them to do so; a plan for collecting meaningful data on the needs, experiences, and outcomes of LGBTQ system-involved youth; and identify the law and policy changes necessary to improve the lives of LGBTQ system-involved youth.

Children Home’s Society of Washington – Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, WA
Area Served: Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties
Project Name: Triple Point LGBTQ program
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Children’s Home Society of Washington provides children with strong families, loving stable homes, and their best chance for happiness and success. The Triple Point program provides the only LGBTQ specific counseling, safe space, social skill building, and life skills training for middle and high school aged youth in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties. Funds will be used to support and expand their programs.

Children’s Home Society of Washington – Walla Walla
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Area Served: Walla Walla, WA
Project Name: Triple Point LGBTQ program
Population Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Children’s Home Society of Washington provides children with strong families, loving stable homes, and their best chance for happiness and success. The Walla Walla Triple Point Program offers education, support, and social activities to promote leadership, understanding, and self-esteem building opportunities with LGBTQ youth in a small rural community that has limited support and resources for these youth. Funds will be used to support and expand their programs.

Communities in Schools of Federal Way and Valley Cities Counseling
Location: Federal Way, WA
Area Served: King County, WA
Project Name: Four Middle School GSA Clubs in Federal Way Public Schools
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Communities in Schools of Federal Way and Valley Cities Counseling plan to raise awareness for LGBTQ youth and their allies within Federal Way schools including: Saghalie, Illahee, Totem, and Kilo middle schools. Funding will support a broad strategy of building an alliance between four schools so that the LGBTQ students do not feel isolated and know that they are supported in their quest to be themselves. School Outreach Coordinators and counselors from Valley Cities will develop four GSA after-school clubs to provide a safe place for LGBTQ and allied youth to meet and to build a community of support for each other.

Elizabeth Gregory Home
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Seattle/King County
Project Name: Support for transgender women at its homeless women’s day center
Population Served: Transgender, Survivors

Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) provides homeless women with transitional housing, a drop-in day center with a wide range of essential services, and individual care management. EGH is inclusive of all LGBTQ women. They have developed policies and programs to support transgender women and others who identify as LGBTQ who may be experiencing discrimination. This grant will support their efforts to further expand this work by conducting research, crafting policies and procedures, developing internal and external trainings, and serving as community advocates for inclusive, needs-sensitive programs and services at-risk and homeless transgender MTF, but also FTM clients. Elizabeth Gregory Home strives to serve as a model for other homeless service providers as to how to integrate sensitive, respectful practices that address the needs of homeless and at-risk transgender women and men throughout the Puget Sound region.

Entre Hermanos
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Seattle/King County
Project Name: Women’s Program – Mujeres Diversas
Populations: People of Color, Youth & Families

Entre Hermanos promotes the health and wellbeing of the Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy, and community building. Mujeres Diversas, the Women’s Program at Entre Hermanos, has been in existence for 10 years and has served as a resource and unique space for LBTQ Latinas in Seattle. This program offers a culturally appropriate environment in which LBTQ Latinas share their challenges and resiliencies and build community. Funding will be used to support this program.

Everett/Snohomish PFLAG: GLOBE
Location: Everett, WA
Area Served: Everett/Snohomish County
Project Name: General Operating Support for GLOBE
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

The mission of GLOBE (GLBTI, Loving Ourselves, Becoming Empowered) is to make Snohomish County a safe and nurturing community for GLBTQ youth. GLOBE does this by enhancing the physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual well-being of youth, providing positive interaction with adult role models, providing community education, and developing resources for and about GLBTQ youth. GLOBE is the only queer youth group located in Snohomish County, providing a support group, services, and a safe space for youth ages 14-20. Funding will be used to support this program.

Gay City
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: King County
Project Name: Gay City Arts
Population Served: People of Color, General

Gay City promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community. Gay City is the leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County. Funding will support Gay City Arts. Through this program, Gay City seeks to connect the deep, intimate, and vital stories that belong to the LGBTQ community to the rest of Seattle, so that the LGBTQ population has a place to lift up its voices with pride. Art is the voice, spirit, and conscience of every community and is a vital tool for community reflection, dialogue, and pride, resulting in greater humanization of LGBTQ people, and greater empathy and connection across differences.

Gender Diversity
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Washington, Statewide
Project Name: Video support project
Population Served: Transgender, Youth and Families

Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender variations in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing community awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions. Gender Diversity has provided crucial support to over 350 families with transgender children within Puget Sound. Families who access these direct resources are often profoundly, positively impacted. Yet, they have many more families who have reached out to them who don’t have the ability to access these in-person resources. To meet the needs of these families, Gender Diversity is launching a new virtual family support program utilizing a web/video platform. Funds will support the design, development, and launch of the video support project. The project is being developed in partnership with a newly established trans-led, trans-driven business, Trans Tech Social Enterprises.

Gender Justice League
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Washington, Statewide
Project Name: General Operating Support
Population Served: Transgender

Gender Justice League (GJL) was founded to empower trans activists and allies to fight oppression based on gender and sexuality in Washington State and to create a community where trans people can live their lives safely, true to themselves, and free from discrimination. GJL is the only trans-run Gender Justice Statewide Advocacy organization in the Northwest. Funding will be used for general operating support to engage in leadership development, policy advocacy, community education, physician training, and community mobilization on issues impacting trans and gender non-conforming people in Washington State. GJL will place a special emphasis on eliminating transgender health insurance exclusions in all public and private forms of healthcare.

GSBA Nonprofit of the Year Award
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: King County/Puget Sound
Project Name: 2015 Nonprofit of the Year Award
Population Served: General

Pride Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), will underwrite the GSBA Nonprofit of the Year Award. Presented each year at the Annual GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner, GSBA members and supporters nominate a local nonprofit, which exemplifies the highest standards of the profession; has assisted, advised, motivated, and inspired others; and has the most outstanding professional achievement and civic involvement. Pride Foundation is part of the selection process and recognition ceremony. The Nonprofit of the Year Award will be presented on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

Janus Youth
Location: Portland, OR
Area Served: Clark County, WA
Project Name: LGBTQ Homeless Youth Drop-In Center in Clark County
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Janus Youth Programs provides community-based services that enhance the quality of life of children, youth, and families by working in partnership with others to create safe and healthy communities. Funding will support The Perch, a daytime drop-in center assisting homeless youth ages 15-24 in Clark County, Washington. Beyond providing a safe space where youth can find refuge from the streets, youth coming into The Perch have access to the most fundamental level of support to meet their basic needs including meals, clothing, showers, and laundry. Most importantly, The Perch affords youth an environment of respect where they have immediate access to caring staff who seek to build respectful relationships that will help youth prepare for exiting street life. Once a youth is ready to leave the streets, Perch staff work to connect them with transportation, legal identification, health care, mental health and addiction services, education, employment, shelter, and housing resources.

Legal Voice
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Statewide
Project Name: Implementing LGBTQ Equality: Making Legal Equality a Lived Reality
Populations: General, Rural/Remote

Legal Voice pursues justice in the Northwest through ground-breaking litigation, legislative advocacy, and educational tools to help individuals understand their rights and the legal system. Funding will support Legal Voice in its pursuit of legal, policy, and coalition advocacy to advance, secure, and enforce LGBTQ rights in Washington as well as legal research, technical assistance, and advocacy with LGBTQ allies in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon to ensure that all Northwest states recognize LGBTQ families in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling.

LGBTQ Allyship
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: King County
Populations Served: General

LGBTQ Allyship believes that all oppressions are interconnected and in the possibility of a world free of oppression. LGBTQ Allyship serves 2,000 low-income and working class LGBTQ individuals in the Seattle area around access to affordable health care and economic justice through education, leadership development, civic engagement, and community organizing. Funding is for general operating support to provide leadership development, community organizing, and advocacy around LGBTQ economic equity, housing, youth homelessness, and access to affordable health care in south King County. Allyship believes leadership development is the key to sustainable movements and their LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute will help leaders bring an LGBTQ intersectional voice to their respective communities as well as broader social justice communities through civic engagement and coalition building.

Lifelong HEYO Youth Program
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: King County
Project Name: The HEYO Positives Project
Populations Served: Youth & Families, HIV

Lifelong empowers people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS to lead healthier lives. The Health Education Youth Outreach (HEYO) is Lifelong’s primary youth education program run by and for queer and allied youth and fosters a community of empowerment, self-determination, and resiliency over stigma. Funding will support a small-scale 2 part pilot project, The HEYO Positives Project, social support for young persons living with HIV under the age of 28. This project includes a peer led social support program and the positive peer educators program, which leverages personal stories of young people living with HIV and encourages them to educate their peers and community members.

Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood
Location: Bellingham, WA
Area Served: Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties
Project Name: Transgender Health Care
Populations Served: Transgender, Rural/Remote

Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood (MBPP) looks to create a world where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights, where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are, and where every woman has the opportunity to choose her own path to a healthy and meaningful life. MBPP provides, promotes, and protects access to reproductive health care and sexuality education. Funding will support MBPP improvement and refinement of its transgender care program in the communities it serves and will expand its transgender program services to both Skagit and San Juan Counties.

Northwest Youth Services
Location: Bellingham, WA
Area Served: Whatcom County
Project Name: Street Outreach Program (SOP) for LGBTQ Youth
Population Served: Youth, Rural/Remote

Northwest Youth Services (NYS) collaborates with at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth to foster self-reliance. Funding will support the Street Outreach Program (SOP), which advances access to services for homeless, at-risk, and runaway youth in Whatcom County; create a youth board to address emerging and critical issues that LGBTQ youth face; and to support transgender youth, who remain one of the most invisible and vulnerable populations of homeless youth. SOP provides LGBTQ-specific support and basic supplies to those youth living on the streets and focus on harm and risk reduction, safety planning, and better connecting youth with their community, peers, and family to promote equality and reduce long-standing barriers to services.

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLAC) – Puget Sound Chapter
Location: Tacoma, WA
Area Served: Washington Statewide
Project Name: Development of Effective Mechanisms of Outreach to Improve the Lives of Isolated, Vulnerable Old Lesbians
Populations Served: Elders

The Puget Sound Chapter of the Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) works to support and empower old lesbians, promote the visibility of old lesbians to the LGBTQ community, service agencies, and the general public. Funding will support the Puget Sound OLOC’s Oral Herstories Project, which includes live dramatic readings of oral Herstories; the production of a Herstories video and companion guide, with a collection of additional Herstories; and the distribution of additional old lesbian anthologies to senior centers across the Puget Sound area.

Oasis Youth Center
Location: Tacoma, WA
Area Served: Tacoma/Pierce County
Project Name: General Operating Support
Population Served: Youth & Families

Oasis transforms the lives of queer youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive as a youth-adult partnership in which young people and adults come together for shared teaching, learning, and action. Oasis is a hub for LGBTQ youth, and through innovative, life-changing programming they are developing the next generation of leaders and change agents. Funding will support and enhance Oasis leadership development efforts, including the Youth Council, Speaker’s Bureau, and annual leadership summit.

Odyssey Youth Movement
Location: Spokane, WA
Area Served: Washington State
Project Name: Homeless Youth Prevention Training Program
Population Served: Rural/Remote

Odyssey Youth Movement (OYM) is a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to creating, sustaining, and advocating for safe and affirming programs, policies, and services for the LGBTQQ youth community. Funding will support a state-wide LGBTQ youth professional development training delivery system in Washington State Children’s Administration and other out of home care youth provider agencies. Odyssey’s Homeless Youth Prevention Training Program will reach 750 Children’s Administration staff, foster parents, and agencies that contract with Children’s Administration. This program helps remedy LGBTQ youth invisibility in out-of-home care, prevents abuse, and provides the competency needed to improve care for LGBTQ youth, which will prevent and reduce youth homelessness in Washington.

Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane
Location: Spokane, WA
Area Served: Spokane, WA
Project Name: Young Activist Leaders Program
Population Served: Urban/City

The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane engages individuals and local communities in building a just and nonviolent world. Funding will support their Young Activist Leaders Program (YALP), an intensive nine-month program that changes young lives and builds movement for justice and equality through developing leadership, skills, analysis, and relationships of LGBTQ and allied young activists. YALP participants and graduates ensure a strong network of young LGBTQ and allied leaders who lead grassroots organization for equality and social justice throughout the community.

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Seattle/King County
Project Name: Queer Youth Outreach
Population Served: Youth & Families

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) provides support and services to Seattle area homeless youth and young adults. Funding will support the Lasting Employment Advancement Program (LEAP), which offers a paid, 16-week internship that provides homeless youth with the experience and skills necessary to gain long-term employment. Half of these interns work as Queer Youth Community Organizers (QYCO), organizing and advocating on behalf of the overrepresented homeless queer youth population. This project works to eliminate barriers so that all youth and young adults can get the support and encouragement needed to successfully leave life on the streets.

People of Color Against AIDS Network
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: King County
Project Name: Capacity Building
Populations: People of Color

POCAAN was founded in 1987 for the express purpose of responding to an epidemic that was having and continues to have a devastating impact on communities of color in the United States and throughout the world. Its mission is to create a comprehensive multi-cultural AIDS prevention model that is effective and responsive to communities of color. They seek to serve the LGBTQ community and people of color in general through connecting them to wellness recourses, providing culturally sensitive community services, and building broader connections in communities of color. Funding will support capacity building.

Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Location: Tacoma, WA
Area Served: Pierce County
Project Name: HIV Prevention Project
Populations: General, Rural/Remote

Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), through education and service, prevents HIV infection, assists persons affected by HIV/AIDS, addresses related health problems, and combats associated stigma and discrimination. Funding will support PCAF’S HIVE Prevention programs that serve high-risk populations, specifically gay and bisexual men who are HIV positive, African American and Latino men ages 14-24, older men, and trans men and women who engage in sex with men.

Pizza Klatch
Location: Lacey, WA
Area Served: Lacey and Thurston Counties
Project Name: General Operating Support and Capacity Building
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Pizza Klatch offers weekly lunchtime support groups for LGBTQQIA and ally students in Thurston County, Washington. Pizza Klatch provides free pizza, two trained facilitators for each group, and a convenient and safe forum for discussion and education. Over the past seven years, Pizza Klatch has grown from one youth support group to sixteen groups in nine Thurston County schools, serving over 240 LGBTQ students and allies weekly. Funding will support Pizza Klatch expansion outside of Thurston County and into surrounding rural areas including Aberdeen, Shelton, Puyallup, and Chehalis as well as inner-city areas of Tacoma.

Q Youth Resources
Location: Bremerton, WA
Area Served: Kitsap County
Project Name: General Operating Support and Capacity Building
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Q Youth Resources (QYR) provides services for LGBTQ youth and is Kitsap County’s only program serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer youth ages 14-19 through a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth and leadership opportunities through the Youth Leadership Council (YLC).  Funding will be used to build the capacity of the organization to develop the leadership, social, and educational growth of LGBTQ youth, improve the volunteer training programs, and expand educational outreach programs throughout Kitsap County.

Rainbow Center
Location: Tacoma, WA
Area Served: Pierce County
Project Name: General Operating Support for Rainbow Center
Populations: General

Through education, advocacy and celebration, the Rainbow Center (RC) expands resources and a safe space to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied community. Located in downtown Tacoma, the community center provides community drop-in hours and one-on-one advocacy five days per week. Additionally, RC is the home base for 11 partner groups and acts as a referral partner for many more. In the last five months, there have been more than 1,200 in person visits. Rainbow Center is the primary referral agency and resource center for Pierce County and several surrounding counties. Funding will be used for general operating support.

River of Life MCC
Location: Kennewick, WA
Area Served: Kennewick, Pasco, Richland WA
Project Name: A New Start in Life (ANSIL)
Population Served: Suburban

River of Life Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) has a vision to reach out to all people, especially the LGBTQ community.  Funding will support River of Life’s program A New Start in Life Hall (ANSIL), a live in dormitory for up to 15 low income and homeless LGBTQI young adults ages 18-24, in order to reduce and limit homelessness in Tri-Cities and the surrounding community and provide stability and resources.

Ryan’s House for Youth
Location: Langley, WA
Area Served: Whidbey Island/
Project Name: LGBTQ Host Family program on Whidbey Island
Populations Served: Youth & Families, Rural/Remote

Ryan’s House for Youth’s (RHFY) provides a safe, nurturing environment for homeless students on Whidbey Island. Funding will be for expansion and policy making of the LGBTQ Host Family program on Whidbey Island. LGBTQ Host Family Program is an innovative emergency housing option that has been developed by RHFY. The Host Family Program addresses the housing needs of homeless youth ages 14-24 by connecting them with caring adults from their community who are willing to provide safe housing and support. RHFY is also in the process of writing legislation for the January 2016 session to allow this option to be approved state-wide.

Seattle Counseling Service
Location: Seattle, WA
Area Served: Seattle/King County
Project Name: LGBTQ Undocumented Immigrants and Refugees (LGBTQUIR) Outreach Population Served: People of Color, Immigrants

Seattle Counseling Service is a community resource that advocates, educates, and serves to advance the social well-being and mental health of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Funding will support Seattle Counseling Service’s LGBTQ Undocumented Immigrants and Refugees (LGBTQUIR) Outreach project. This newly established project aims to build relationships, gain knowledge about barriers to care, and share expertise in order to better understand the needs of and integrate immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s healthcare delivery service.

Spokane AIDS Network
Location: Spokane, WA
Area Served: Central and Eastern WA
Project Name: Stabilizing Support Services
Population Served: Urban/City, Suburban, Rural/Remote, Reservation

The Spokane AIDS Network (SAN) is a community-based organization whose mission is to minimize the impact of, and maximize awareness about, AIDS and other consequences of HIV infection in the Inland Northwest. With a focus on vulnerable and marginalized LGBTQ populations in 20 counties throughout Eastern Washington, funding will support SAN in continuing to provide stabilizing support services for people who are HIV positive and/or diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions, resulting in increased health, well-being, and viral load suppression. Services include transportation, housing, food, financial support for counseling, education, transitional care, and other support services as needed.

Spokane PFLAG
Location: Spokane, WA
Area Served: Spokane and Surrounding Area
Project Name: General Operating Support
Population Served: Urban/City, Suburban, Rural/Remote

Spokane PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of LGBTQ people, families, and friends through support to cope with an adverse society; education to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. Spokane PFLAG will continue to provide opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and act to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Funding will be used for general operating support.

Tacoma Art Museum
Location: Tacoma, WA
Area Served: Pierce County/Puget Sound
Project Name: AIDS Art in America Exhibit
Population Served: General

Art AIDS America is an exhibition produced by Tacoma Art Museum that will tour nationally. Funding will support education and outreach programs for the exhibition Art AIDS America on view in Tacoma from October 2015-January 2016. This exhibition will be the largest and most comprehensive AIDS exhibition to date, opening in the 35th year of the pandemic. While many exhibitions have introduced the subject, Art AIDS America will recast AIDS as a determining factor in American history, repositioning AIDS in its rightful place as an active force at the intersection of art, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, civil liberties, and politics—the single most charged political topic of the last several decades.

Thin Air Community Radio
Location: Spokane, WA
Area Served: Eastern Washington
Project Name: OUTSpoken
Population Served: Urban/City, Suburban, Rural/Remote, Reservation

Thin Air Community Radio produces OUTSpoken, a public platform and clearinghouse for those who rally for full equality. OUTSpoken educates and activates the public amplifying the work of organizations and individuals on a large scale and with great impact. The station reaches approximately 400,000 people in parts of six counties in Eastern Washington. Funding will support the ongoing production, recording, editing, and marketing of the only locally produced weekly LGBT issues radio program in the Inland Northwest.

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