Community Partner Fund

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. 

Fund News

Blue Ridge Pride Issues Additional COVID-19 Grants

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

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Blue Ridge Pride Issues $7,500 in Grants in 2019

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

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Blue Ridge Pride Establishes Board Control of Community Partner Fund

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

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2019 Grants to WNC Community Partners

Blue Ridge Pride’s mission is to support our community in partnership with others.  We develop a few programs of our own that by their nature tend to work across organizations and communities.  Beyond that, our chief goal is to support the many organizations that offer critical services and more targeted support.

Organization

Type

Description

Amount

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Sponsorship

Annual Walkathon

$250

Asheville Entrepreneurial Accelerator

Scholarship

Scholarships for LGBTQ Applicants to Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

$300

Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus

Sponsorship

50th Anniversary Stonewall Concert

$500

Blue Ridge Roller Derby

Donation

General Support

$50

Campaign for Southern Equality

Donation

General Support

$150

Different Strokes Theatre Company

Donation

General Support

$150

Friends of the NC Room

Project Grant

Queer History Project

$500

Girls Rock Asheville

Donation

General Support

$150

Gonzalez Diaz Enterprises

Sponsorship

Miss Gay Latina from Partner Fund

$500

Hendersonville Pride

Project Grant

Pursue 501c3 in preparation for first Pride Festival

$400

lesbians in the Mountains

Donation

General Support

$50

Loving Food Resources

Donations (2)

General Support

$800

Our Voice

Donation

General Support

$300

Owens High School

Project Grant

Student-Faculty Project recognizing support for LGBTQ students & faculty

$250

Phoenix Transgender Support

Donation

General Support

$100

PLAG Asheville

Donation

General Support

$200

Stonewall League

Sponsorship

League Startup

$500

Tranzmission

Donation, Grant, Scholarship

Scholarship to support attendees at Black transgender / queer conference in Texas / Housing assistance

$850

Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)

Sponsorships (2)

AIDS Quilt Exhibition & World AIDS Day

$800

Youth OUTright WNC

Donations (2)

Transition Support for Rent

$700

Total

 

 

$7,500

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This includes western North Carolina and nearby communities in contiguous states (e.g., eastern Tennessee, northwestern South Carolina, northern Georgia, southwestern Virginia. It also includes groups based outside the region that have a local presence.

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | [email protected] or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  
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MailPO Box 2044, Asheville NC 28802-2044

Packages: 33 Coxe Avenue, Unit 2044, Asheville NC 28801 (note different zip code).

Phone: 828-423-0655 (via Google Voice)

 

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TARGET AUDIENCE: LGBTQ Community, Allies and Friends

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