LBLGP presents grants to 10 local nonprofits

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lblgp-prideLast week, Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride (LBLGP) announced that it had awarded more than $40,000 in Pride Grants to ten other nonprofit organizations. Each year, LBLGP awards Pride Grants based on a competitive application process.  The LBLGP Grants and Scholarship Volunteer Committee evaluates and scores each funding request, and makes recommendations to the organization’s Board of Directors with the following funding priorities in mind: Health and Wellness; Education, HIV/AIDS & STD Prevention & Treatment; Cultural Arts; Social and Human Services; and, Social Justice/Human Rights.

Representatives from the 2009 recipient organizations attended a special Grantee Reception at the LBLGP office where grant checks were distributed.  The organizational names of each nonprofit grantee and their funded project are listed below.

2009 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Grantees

  1. Bikerstaff Pediatric & Family HIV Center at Miller Children’s Hospital
    project: Laboratory services for HIV positive individuals
  2. Beacon House
    project: Clean and Sober Festival
  3. St. Mary’s CARE Program
    project: HIV Counseling & Testing
  4. The Center Long Beach
    project: HIV Counseling and testing room conversion
  5. Freedom Band Foundation of L.A.
    project: Pride Season Concert in the Park
  6. In The Meantime Men’s Group
    project: Wellness for Life Health Conference
  7. LGBT Resource Center at CSULB
    project: LBGT Lavender Graduation Ceremony at CSULB
  8. The SERRA Project
    project: HIV/AIDS homeless services
  9. Strength for the Journey – California Pacific Conference of United Methodist Church
    project: Strength for the Journey camp
  10. The Life Group LA
    project: The POZ Life Weekend Seminars

In addition to the 2009 Pride Grants, LBLGP also recently disbursed an additional $65,000 as a part of its Volunteer Grant Program.  LBLGP is the volunteer driven organization that is responsible for planning and executing the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival Celebration each year.  Individuals and groups that volunteer at the festival may do so oh behalf of a nonprofit charity of their choice. Individuals that join LBLGP as a “member” and volunteer for year-round for festival planning activities may also identify a charity to receive a Member Designated Grant.

“Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride is very much a service driven organization.  The kinds of people that are drawn to LBLGP unselfishly give of their time and talent and the various Grant Programs are simply an added incentive to help motive people who are already givers,” said Carl Highshaw, Administrative Director.

L.B.L.G.P. is the 3rd largest pride organization in California (5th in the nation) and produces its annual Pride Celebration on the 3rd weekend of May.  While the Celebration is the main project of the organization, it operates year-round and sponsors various philanthropic projects, as well as provides grants to other local nonprofits and scholarships to deserving students.  Fore More Information Click Here

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