Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund
Dedicated to supporting the organizations, groups and projects that support western North Carolina’s LGBTQ and allied communities.
Building a Community Together
Blue Ridge Pride envisions a thriving LGBTQA community in Western North Carolina that welcomes and elevates us all. We advocate, celebrate, educate and serve – through our own programs, and through support and partnership with like-minded organizations serving our community. We have established the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partnership Fund to fund organizations. All donations to the fund go to community partners.
We welcome organizations and individuals to apply for funds to support qualifying programs, projects and events. We make funding decisions throughout the year.
- Funding Criteria:
- As a rule, applicants should have a 501(c)(3) non-profit status or be able to demonstrate that they function as a 501(c)(3). However, we also consider applications from individuals to support specific projects and studies.
- Our number one criterion is the benefit that the organization or project will bring to the WNC LGBTQA community. We give special weight to benefits to marginalized groups, those in need, and communities that are underserved.
- Grant Amounts: Each quarter, we set a funding target based on available funds. Generally, we target grants and sponsorships of $100 to $500 apiece. However, we will consider other amounts. We will increase the number and size of grants as the fund grows.
- Apply for a Grant: Our form is simple. Give us as much or as little information as you think appropriate to support your request.
This week, Blue Ridge Pride issued $2,000 in additional grants to community partners who are on the front lines addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the local LGBTQ Community. These two grants target a population that is especially hard-hit by COVID-19: transgender and non-binary people. Western North Carolina Community Health Services says that almost 90% of its transgender / non-binary
In 2019, Blue Ridge Pride established the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund. The fund’s purpose is to support the many groups, organizations and projects that seek to uplift western North Carolina’s LGBTQ Community. In its first year, Blue Ridge Pride awarded $7,500 to area organizations. That is by far the most it has awarded in any single year. Awards
In 2019, Blue Ridge Pride made three important policy decisions. It established the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support the many groups, organizations and projects that seek to uplift western North Carolina’s LGBTQ Community. None of the monies tied to the fund can be used for Blue Ridge Pride. It placed all