RI Foundation Awards $53k In Grants To LGBTQ Organizations

Patch | October 08, 2019

Eight nonprofit organizations serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Rhode Islanders will share $53,000 in grants through the Equity Action Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation. The funding will support work ranging from civil rights advocacy for families and youth to improving the delivery of health care. "These organizations work to ensure the health, safety and fair treatment of all LGBTQ Rhode Islanders," said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees Equity Action at the Foundation. "This important work is enhanced by strengthening alliances between nonprofits working to address the most critical needs of Rhode Island's LGBTQ communities, including investments in health, education and the arts, as well as issues critical to young and elderly members of the community." Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) received $5,000 to support its Emergency Financial Assistance program for LGBTQ+ individuals living with HIV under its AIDS Project Rhode Island program. The grant comes as FSRI seeks to replace the loss of about $800,000 in state funding.

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