Recent Grants: Equity Fund

2017 Grants

  • Equality Community Center, for planning efforts to expand the Equality Community Center in Portland to include new community spaces for shared support and LGBTQ+ housing: $7,500
  • EqualityMaine Foundation, to educate Mainers about the most pressing issues facing LGBTQ youth, build public support for change, and empower LGBTQ young people as leaders in the effort: $2,500
  • Health Equity Alliance, to establish and grow community programming as part of a community center without walls for LGBTQ+ youth and adults in northern and Downeast Maine: $7,500
  • Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center, to increase and strengthen access to culturally competent, safe health care for LGBTQ people in rural Maine, emphasizing gender-affirming and inclusive transgender care for the uninsured: $7,500
  • Maine Jewish Film Festival, to create outstanding film and discussion programs focusing on LGBTQ related topics at the 2018 festival: $1,500
  • Mount Desert Island High School, to hold a statewide Rainbow Ball Weekend of educational, aspirational and social activities for rural Maine LGBTQ-and-allied teens: $5,000
  • Out & Allied Youth Theatre, to produce and perform a play addressing the Stonewall uprising and related Maine events, as part of Maine’s celebration of Stonewall’s 50th anniversary: $2,750
  • Outright/Lewiston-Auburn, to revive the Youth Advisory Group to promote youth leadership and youth-adult collaboration: $4,400
  • Penobscot Theatre Company, to present The Kinsey Sicks: Things You Shouldn't Say on July 13-14, 2018, at the Bangor Opera House: $4,400
  • Portland Outright, to advocate for, empower, and support LGBTQ+ youth in contact with the juvenile justice system to improve their well-being and address the issue of LGBTQ+ criminalization: $7,500
  • SAGE Maine, to hold a two-day informational, advocacy, and support-building conference in Augusta to address the unique concerns, issues, and needs of older LGBT adults in Maine: $3,500

2016 Grants

  • Blue Hill Public Library, to develop collections for LGBTQ families, youth, and teens: $1,500
  • Consumers for Affordable Health Care, to train LGBT ally organizations on new federal rules that protect transgender access to health coverage and assist transgender people with appealing private insurance denials: $6,000
  • Health Equity Alliance, to establish rural community drop-in centers with youth-driven, programming free of financial barriers for LGBTQ+ youth in Penobscot, Hancock, and Washington counties: $7,155
  • Equality Maine, to educate transgender Mainers about new regulations that will expand access to health care, and what their rights are once those protections are in effect: $6,000
  • Gedakina, Inc., to increase outreach to indigenous LGBTQ community members and their participation in leadership and community-building activities: $6,500
  • Maine Jewish Film Festival, to create a film and discussion program focused on LGBTQ-related topics for the 2017 festival: $1,000
  • Maine Transgender Network, to provide transgender youth leadership training and programs that include their families: $6,500
  • Out Maine, to provide training and ongoing support to communities, schools, and providers in rural Maine for LGBTQ youth and their families $7,500
  • Portland Outright, to improve the well-being of LGBTQ+ youth in contact with the juvenile justice system and address the issue of LGBTQ+ criminalization: $7,500
  • SAGE Maine, to hold a two-day informational and support-building conference in Augusta to address unique concerns and issues of older LGBT adults in Maine $5,500

2015 Grants

  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN (Portland), for LGBTQ youth leaders to use their own voices and personal experiences to create a Gay Straight Trans Alliance handbook and other training/presentation materials to support Safe Schools work throughout Maine: $7,500
  • Maine Transgender Network, to better serve needs of the transgender community in Maine, especially underserved populations, such as elders, people living in poverty or are homeless, people of color, people with disabilities, and rural residents: $7,500
  • SAGE Maine, to expand physical drop-in programs and develop virtual drop-in centers for older LGBT Mainers statewide: $7,500
  • GLSEN (Ellsworth), to establish Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances in high schools in isolated parts of rural Piscataquis and northern Penobscot counties: $2,500.
  • Outright Lewiston-Auburn, to support Q+A (Queer and Allied), a summer day program designed to provide LGBTQQ support and education for 13- to 18-year-olds: $6,650.
  • Consumers for Affordable Healthcare Foundation, to investigate and report on barriers to accessing health coverage or health care experienced by LGBTQ persons in Maine, particularly transgender individuals: $7,500.
  • OUT As I Want to Be, to build a network of educated, supportive and empowering community-based organizations and practitioners in Midcoast Maine to encourage healthy, visible, and empowered lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth leaders: $7,500.
  • University of Maine at Machias, to support the Rainbow Ball Weekend & Queer Career Youth Expo that will feature education, career exploration, dance, and networking activities run by youth for gender and sexuality diverse youth and their allies: $7,500.