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LGBTQ+ Giving Circle Announces Inaugural Grant Awards of More Than $50,000

The LGBTQ+ Giving Circle recently awarded $57,500 in grants that will support and celebrate LGBTQ+ Lancastrians.

A stage production centering Queer voices, empowerment programs for transgender individuals, and events that increase awareness and equality for LGBTQ+ families who are adopting are just a few of the projects being funded by the giving circle’s inaugural grant cycle.

Launched in October 2022, the LGBTQ+ Giving Circle was formed by a group of local volunteers and donors to raise visibility and address the needs of LGBTQ+ communities in Lancaster County. An advisory committee, made up of individuals with diverse lived experiences including vocation, age, race, gender identities and sexualities, was created to guide the overall vision of the giving circle. Through this collective approach to philanthropy, a wide range of projects that directly impact a variety of causes within local LGBTQ+ communities were considered and chosen with great intention. These are the first grants to be awarded by the giving circle. Nine organizations have received between $2,500 and $10,000.

“On behalf of the entire LGBTQ+ Giving Circle advisory committee, we were so impressed by the creative and intersectional initiatives proposed by many of our grantees. We share our appreciation to all our donors, and we are excited to partner with organizations providing support and celebrating the visibility of LGBTQ+ communities across Lancaster County.”

-Todd Snovel, Advisory Committee Member

Giving Circles are one way our community can leverage the power of collaboration to achieve impact through giving and granting. The Lancaster County Community Foundation is honored to partner with the LGBTQ+ Giving Circle as they center the most vulnerable LGBTQ+ communities and provide support for those most affected by systemic injustices such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny.

Anyone can support the work of the LGBTQ+ Giving Circle by making a donation.

Learn more about the projects being funded: 

Adoptions From The Heart – Lancaster $3,000 Adopting a Baby as an LGBTQ+ Family
Eastern PA Trans Equity Project $10,000 Empowerment Programs for Transgender Individuals
Ephrata Performing Arts Center $9,000 Queer Voices Staged Reading Festival
Lancaster General Health $2,800 Sexual Health Service Expansion
Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition $2,500 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Consultation
LGBT Center of Greater Reading $7,500 Rivertown Pride Center: Service Provision
LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA $7,500 Common Roads: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Lancaster
Demuth Foundation $7,500 Demuth Museum Reinterpretation Plan Inclusive of LGBTQ+ Themes