March 20, 2006
San Francisco Pride Community Grants to Local Organizations Nears $1 Million
Pride Now Taking Applications for the 2006 Beneficiary Program

Since its inception in 1997, the San Francisco Pride Community Partners Program has granted over $900,000 to local non-profit organizations whose mission involves services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community and/or people living with HIV and AIDS or positive outreach/education to the general public about those issues.

In 2005 fifty-five local non-profit LGBT organizations participated in the San Francisco Pride Community Partner Program and were awarded $137,786.74. Community organizations provide Pride with volunteers the weekend of the event, and, in return, Pride awards the organizations with a grant based on the amount of volunteer hours the organization worked. Each grantee provided a final report and here are some of their examples of how the grants helped them in meeting community needs:
  • PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support) was able to double their vet fund and provide more food and supplies to each of their clients each week, now distributing 700 cans and 900 pounds of dry food each week.
  • The RCC (Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County) was able to extend, without interruption, a monthly senior luncheon and monthly senior tea.
  • Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group used their money to provide support to three different weekly drop-in sessions including one specifically addressing Midlife and senior clients’ HIV/AIDS and aging related issues.
  • Immigration Equality was able to fund the completion of Entry Denied, a documentary exposing the discrimination of U.S. immigration laws against gay and lesbian American citizens in bi-national relationships.
  • Lyon Martin Women’s Health Services was able to divert their budgeted September laboratory fees to provide primary care treatment to 10 additional HIV positive clients.
  • Glide HIV/AIDS Services had no interruption of their HIV testing, even through drastic funding cuts from the city.

Joey Cain, Board President said:

“Our volunteers are still the backbone of what makes the Pride event successful. This program allows them to double their good-karma by giving twice – once by their work on Pride Weekend and second by helping to raise funds for our cherished community organizations.”

To make applying easier, the Pride Committee has now posted the applications online at http://www.sfpride.org, under the ‘Community Partner’ section.

Lindsey Jones, Executive Director said,

“Our local organizations who partner with us through the Community Partners program are a vital part of the team that makes SF Pride a successful event as they literally help staff the event and make it function for the 750,000 people who attend. We are honored to work side by side with these groups on this important event. We are absolutely committed to financing this event at a level that enables us to grant approximately $150,000 back to community organizations each year.”

The deadline to turn in applications is Friday, March 31, 2006. For further questions, applicants can call Darren Nandagiri, Outreach and Programs Coordinator, at darrenn@sfpride.org.

The 36th annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration takes place over the weekend of June 24 and June 25, 2006. The event theme is “Commemorate, Educate, Liberate - Celebrate!”

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For further information please contact Lindsey Jones at: (415) 864 0831

Community Partner Applications and documents should be MAILED to:
Community Partners Program, 1800 Market Street, PMB #5, San Francisco, CA 94102, or FAXED to: (415) 864-5889 or EMAILED to:darrenn@sfpride.org
Deadline is: March 31, 2006