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In 2022, the Gay Community Endowment Fund awarded 16 grants totaling $60,000 to the following nonprofit organizations:

Bayard Rustin LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The Bayard Rustin LGBTQ+ Resource Center

  • Akron AIDS Collaborative, to support the Bayard Rustin LGBTQ+ Resource Center, which provides emergency housing referrals, food assistance, job readiness training, and mental health services for LGBTQ+ people of color in Summit County, $7,500
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, to provide gender-affirming health care services for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults from low-income families, $5,000
  • Akron Civic Theatre, to support the Millennial Theatre Project, which engages underrepresented young adults in theater productions, including those in the LGBTQ+ community, $1,500
  • The Buckeye Flame, to support the "Ignite Action" series, which will amplify the stories of LGBTQ+ community members through broadcasted panel discussions, $5,000
  • CANAPI, to provide food, transportation and rental assistance for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing housing instability, $3,000
  • Child Guidance & Family Solutions, to create a mental health services hub for LGBTQ+ people in Summit County by providing suicide prevention and individual counseling services, family support groups, community outreach programming, and a more inclusive office building and culture,  $6,000
  • Greenleaf Family Center, to provide mental health support groups for LGBTQ+ adults and adolescents in Greater Akron, $6,000
  • Kent State University Foundation, to support the QUEST mentorship program, which pairs LGBTQ+ students with a supportive adult role model, $3,000
  • OutSupport, for community outreach, education and advocacy efforts that promote the health and equality of LGBTQ+ people in Medina and surrounding communities, $2,250
  • Plexus Education Foundation, to support cultural competency training sessions to help small-business owners implement LGBTQ+ inclusive practices, $2,000
  • Rape Crisis Center, to support staff training to enhance the organization’s therapy services for LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual violence in Summit and Medina counties, $1,250
  • Summa Health, to expand access to LGBTQ+ patient care at the Summa Health Pride Clinic, $5,000
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support a graduate assistant position to spearhead the university’s services for LGBTQ+ students, $7,000
  • University of Akron Foundation, to support a speaker series for LGBTQ+ students and allies during the 2022-23 school year, $1,500
  • VANTAGE Aging, to support community outreach and education efforts for aging LGBTQ+ adults, $2,500
  • Victim Assistance Program, to support inclusive outreach materials and staff trainings to enhance the organization’s services for LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, $1,500

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