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    Horizons Foundation Announces Grants to 42 Bay Area LGBTQ Organizations

    Horizons Foundation recently announced the newest round of Community Issues Grants to 42 projects and organizations. All of us at the San Francisco Bay Times congratulate the grantees and thank Horizons President Roger Doughty and his team for their work that continues to benefit so many of us here in the Bay Area.

    The slate of grantees represents a diverse group of organizations and individuals. Grants were awarded in the arts, advocacy and civil rights, as well as in health and human services, community building and leadership. They encompass programs that focus on youth, the elderly, immigration, trans rights, LGBTQ history, and capacity-building. Sixty percent of the grants are being awarded to LGBTQ-specific organizations, with the remaining forty percent distributed to organizations that have specific LGBTQ programs, arts, or cultural projects.

    “Horizons’ grantees are a reflection of the LGBT community’s perseverance and movement forward towards equality for all,” said Francisco Buchting, Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Strategic Initiatives. “Each of our grantees, whether it is a small LGBTQ organization or an LGBTQ program within a larger organization, do so much good throughout the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties that Horizons serves.”

    “The Community Issues grants have long been at the heart of Horizons’ grant-making,” said Doughty. “It is always Horizons’ honor to partner with some of the most effective, inspiring, and creative organizations, leaders, and activists in our community—and that is certainly true this year.”

    In 2017, Horizons awarded approximately $2.6 million in grants and other discretionary funding. In addition to its flagship Community Issues Grants program, Horizons made grants through other funds, giving circles, and scholarships.

    Recipients of Horizons Foundation’s 2017 Community Issues Grants

    Adolescent Counseling Services, Redwood City

    For support of Outlet, a program that provides services, training, and leadership development in English and Spanish to LGBTQ youth

    API Equality Northern California, San Francisco

    For developing Asian Pacific Islander leadership and increasing visibility of API LGBTQ in the Bay Area

    Archive Productions, San Francisco

    For providing free archival video services to LGBTQ nonprofits

    Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS), San Francisco

    For programs to restore and recover the role of Two Spirit individuals in the American Indian/First Nation community

    Bay Area Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), Oakland

    For empowering lesbians 60 and over through consciousness raising, social support, community building, and political action

    Californians for Justice, San Jose

    For elevating LGBTQ youth voices in advocating for positive school environments

    Caminar (Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley)

    For support of LGBTQ Youth Space, a hub of queer youth arts in the South Bay

    Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco

    For providing non-judgmental, sex-positive sexuality education and support to diverse populations 

    Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Milpitas

    For recruitment, training, and support of Court-Appointed Special Advocates, who are specially trained to support LGBTQ foster youth in Santa Clara County

    Chrysalis Printmaking Studio, San Francisco

    For support of Queer Ancestors Project, an annual 18-week workshop for LGBTQ artists between the age of 18–26

    Colectivo Acción Latina de Ambiente, San Jose

    For performance and community programs for Latinx LGBTQ people

    Curry Senior Center, San Francisco

    For technology education for LGBTQ elders

    El/La Para TransLatinas, San Francisco

    For direct services, referrals and advocacy efforts for TransLatinas

    From Baghdad to the Bay, San Francisco

    For this feature-length documentary about a gay Iraqi refugee who ends up as a role model for the underground LGBTQ communities of the Arab world

    GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco

    For support to launch the “History is Resistance” membership drive

    HOMOBILES, San Francisco

    For support of the LGBTQ car share service to provide free and low-cost options for members of the trans communities for medical visits related to their transition

    Jewish Family and Community Services, Berkeley

    For support of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees

    LGBTQ Black Immigrant Justice, Oakland

    For support of the Volunteer Legal Representation Project

    LYRIC, San Francisco

    For increased giving support for their Grassroots Social Justice Fundraising Initiative, with the goal of increasing youth leadership capacity

    Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose

    For support of We Can Be Heroes, an interactive theater production written by Bay Area Latinx LGBTQ writers

    Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, Oakland

    For Oakland’s first intergenerational, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-cultural LGBTQ community center

    Oasis Legal Services, Oakland

    For programs to provide quality legal immigration services to under-represented low-income groups from the LGBTQIA+ community.

    On the Move, Napa and Sonoma

    For support of LGBTQ Connection to expand services for LGBTQ youth in Napa and Sonoma and for specific support of LGBTQ Latino youth

    Pacific Center for Human Growth, Berkeley

    For support of an increased giving initiative targeting individual donors; the organization is focused on mental health issues in the LGBTQ community

    Peacock Rebellion, San Francisco

    For performance arts programs that promote social justice to LGBTQ communities of color

    PRC, San Francisco

    For support of data migration and integration of donor databases related to the ongoing merger of PRC, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Baker Places

    Q Foundation (dba AIDS Housing Alliance), San Francisco

    For support of the new donor initiative The Walk for Homelessness

    Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco

    For building community through the arts

    Queer Rebels Productions, San Francisco

    For asserting the presence and critical contributions of Queer people of color through innovative performance and productions

    Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County, Concord and El Cerrito

    For support to implement a comprehensive donor engagement strategy

    RYSE Center, Richmond

    For providing a safe space for LGBTQ youth and empowering LGBTQ people of color

    San Francisco Trans March, San Francisco

    For support for the annual march

    Sojourn Chaplaincy, San Francisco

    For implementation of a curriculum for Hospital and Hospice Spiritual Care providers around transgender issues

    Somos Familia, Oakland

    For building intergenerational leadership to create environments for Latina/o/x LGBTQ youth and their families

    Sunny Hills Services, Hayward

    For support of the Our Space program, supporting LGBTQ youth in the East Bay affected by poverty, homelessness, and the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

    The Spahr Center, San Rafael

    For LGBTQ senior programming in Marin County with a specific focus on leadership-building, health, and well-being of women

    Tenderloin Museum (Uptown Tenderloin, Inc.), San Francisco

    For support of the interactive play Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, chronicling the 1966 event that jumpstarted the LGBTQ equality movement

    Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco

    For support of the production and development of theater that speaks to the LGBTQ experience

    Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, San Francisco

    For multidisciplinary circus arts featuring queer artists of color

    Women’s Audio Mission, San Francisco

    For support of the LGBTQ Women of Color Artist Residency Program

    Young Women’s Freedom Center, San Francisco

    For support of Queer on the Inside, a program that supports incarcerated young cis and trans women

    Z Space, San Francisco

    For support of the world premiere of The Brother(s), an interactive production by Colman Domingo that brings the audience physically and emotionally closer to the trans and Filipino-American communities

    Other Horizons Funds, Giving Circles and Scholarships

    Global Faith and Equality Fund:

    Glide Foundation


    Media Matters for America

    OutRight Action International

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America

    Political Research Associates

    Southern Poverty Law Center

    The Fellowship Global at the YA Flunder Foundation

    Together for Transformation Project at Fellowship of Reconciliation

    HYPE (Horizons Young Professionals for Equality)

    Red Envelope Giving Circle

    Joseph Towner Fund for Gay and Lesbian Families

    No Hate SF

    eQuality Scholarship Fund

    Juan Marques Memorial Fund Scholarship

    Markowski-Leach Scholarship Fund

    Thomas H. Steel Fellowship Fund

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