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. 

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Fund News

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

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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

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Movies and Mixer Series Provides Major Lift to WNC LGBTQ Community

This year, Blue Ridge Pride launched a new events program, the Movie and Mixer Series.  The series featured four films and attracted over 400 theatre-goers.  It raised more than $7,000 for the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund.   All proceeds from the fund benefit localorganizations and projects that support the WNC LGBTQ Community. “This was

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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

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$7,500

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