Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund Grantees
Aspen Gay Ski Week is our main fundraising event each year, and the proceeds from the event are donated to organizations that make a difference in the LGBTQ community here in Colorado and around the nation. This year, due to your overwhelming generosity, the Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund was able to give out over $25,000 in cash grants to local and national organizations. We also partner with many organizations with in-kind donations and cross promotions that strive to fulfill our mission.
This year, the Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund supports the following organizations:
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. They will not turn any one away who asks for help and promise to create a safe space, through their helpline and online, for LGBTQ youth. They promise to deliver their message of suicide prevention in schools throughout the country and promise to be pioneers in reaching out to youth in crisis. www.thetrevorproject.org
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
GLSEN Colorado is a local chapter of the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) whose mission is to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Currently, GLSEN has registered more than 4,000 GSAs, has approximately 40 full time staff, a governing board of 20 members and two advisory committees at the national level. GLSEN programs include: the National Day of Silence, No Name Calling Week; and ThinkB4YouSpeak, a web site launched in conjunction with the Ad Council campaign to fight anti-LGBT language. www.glsen.org
Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential—despite the obstacles often put before them—to make a significant impact on society. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions. www.pointfoundation.org
TEACH – Teachers Empowering Agents of Change
TEACH is a diversity training group located in the Roaring Fork Valley that was founded by a group of 15 staff members from the Roaring Fork School District. Their mission is to empower youth to become leaders in their schools and agents of change in a global world to eradicate societies -isms in local communities. TEACH accomplishes this mission by educating adult Diversity Trainers who then train students in local schools through seminars that get them more involved in school and community activities that promote diversity. Bryan Gonzales, RFGLCF’s Program Director, recently became a Diversity Trainer and will continue to train area youth during the upcoming year. www.rfteach.com
RFGLCF will be supporting several other groups that have applied for funding, including:
The Gender Identity Center of Colorado
The Western Colorado AIDS Project
local area high schools
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
Apply to become a Beneficiary
Those interested in applying to become a beneficiary of the RFGLCF must complete a proposal outlining their organization, the amount of funding being sought, a brochure, fact sheet or website on the organization or project and a simple operating budget. RFGLCF does not fund agencies, projects or organizations that do work outside of Colorado unless they have a national scope.
Applications are now closed for 2012. Please submit the information outlined above before April 1, 2013.
To send your application by mail:
Please submit the information outlined above to: Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund, Attn: Beneficiary Request, PO Box 3143, Aspen CO 81612. Please note that the grant application process is closed for 2012. We will be accepting applications for the donor year of 2013.