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GCEF awards grants to local LGBT programs

12/13/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON — The Gay Community Endowment Fund (GCEF) of Akron Community Foundation (ACF) awarded grants totaling $26,900 to nine Greater Akron nonprofit organizations. ACF’s board ratified this latest round of grants at its quarterly meeting Nov. 30.

Grants were awarded to programs that increase awareness about domestic violence and bullying in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, including a $2,400 grant to install KIDJAM! radio in Akron Public Schools. Created by 91.3 The Summit, KIDJAM! promotes inclusion and respect among preteens through positive music and messaging.

Other grants will provide outreach to LGBT individuals and their families in Greater Akron, including counseling for senior citizens and educational resources for parents and friends.

Since awarding its first grants in 2005, the GCEF has reinvested $183,438 into local nonprofit initiatives that promote the well-being and full inclusion of LGBT citizens in the Greater Akron area, according to ACF officials. To make a gift to the GCEF, visit www.akroncf.org/give/gcef.

The following grants were awarded this year:

• Akron Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, to purchase educational materials that answer questions and provide support for the families and friends of LGBT individuals, $1,000;

• Battered Women’s Shelter, for a community outreach program that educates teens and adults about same-sex domestic violence, $1,500;

• Domestic Violence Project Inc., to provide emergency shelter for victims of same-sex domestic violence, $1,500;

• Fair Housing Contact Service Inc., to study housing discrimination against LGBT individuals in Akron, $4,000;

• Friends of 91.3, to broadcast anti-bullying messages on KIDJAM! radio in Akron Public Schools, $2,400;

• Fusion Magazine, for a marketing campaign that will expand the reach of Kent State University’s student-produced publication, which strives to unify people of different backgrounds and orientations, $3,000;

• Jewish Family Service of Akron, Ohio, for counseling and support groups for LGBT senior citizens, $5,000;

• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Union, to send University of Akron students to the 2013 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference, $5,000; and

• Weathervane Community Playhouse Inc., for the production of “Next Fall,” a contemporary comedy about the issues that arise in the long-term relationships of gay men, $3,500.

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