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.