PRESS STATEMENT
February 3, 2010

Pride's Community Partners Program Application Process Begins

Program Supports Community Nonprofits with Grant Funding

San Francisco, CA – 3 February 2010 – The San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee announced today that they have begun accepting applications for their 2010 Community Partners Program, a grant-giving program open to Bay Area 501(c)3 nonprofits whose work focuses on the LGBT community, HIV/AIDS, or breast cancer.

Pride has granted over $1.6 million to the community since the program’s inception in 1997.  In 2009, over eighty community organizations received grants.

“In a time when funding sources for nonprofit community work are increasingly scarce,” stated Executive Director Amy AndrĂ©, “it is all the more critical that Pride continues to provide financial support to our community.  Pride is the community’s event and our success is tied to the success of our partners.”

Organizations selected to participate in the program provide Pride with volunteers to run beverage booths, donation gates, or accessibility areas at the annual Celebration and Parade in exchange for grant monies.  A portion of all proceeds collected at beverage booths and donation gates goes directly to the organizations running them. 

Board President Mikayla Connell said, “As we commemorate forty years of Pride’s history this year, we also want to help build a strong future for our community.  We encourage community organizations to find out more about our grant giving program and to consider applying to be a part of our landmark event this year.”

Interested organizations can find more information and apply online at sfpride.org.  The deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2010.

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SF Pride has granted over $1.6 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2010 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme for the 40th anniversary event is, “Forty and Fabulous.” The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 26 and 27, 2010. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at SFPride.org

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889