Vermont Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Samara Fund to Benefit LGBTQ Community

The Samara Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation aims to foster and sustain Vermont's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities by providing support for projects and scholarships, establishing a permanent resource for the future to create a vibrant Vermont LGBTQ community, and working to ensure that LGBTQ Vermonters are connected, healthy, appreciated, safe, and empowered. Since its founding, Samara has granted over $600,000 to organizations and projects in support of its mission.

This year, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects or organizations that serve critical needs within the Vermont LGBTQ community or support HIV/AIDS services or prevention at the grassroots level. Priority will given to projects and programs that serve youth, elders, or transgender Vermonters and rural areas outside Chittenden County; address basic human needs in the LGBTQ community; seek to increase community safety and reduce violence in all forms; and enhance youth development and leadership skills.

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a nonprofit organization working to benefit the LGBTQ community in Vermont.

For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions, see the Vermont Community Foundation website.