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LGBT Foundation Receives Funding from LGBT+ Futures Fund

Published: 12 April 2019 Tags: By Joe Nellist

Consortium, the UK's umbrella body for LGBT organisations has announced the successful recipients from the first round of its new LGBT+ Futures Fund. We have received funding so that our Men's Programme is able to continue to delivering creative activities for gay, bisexual and trans men. 24 LGBT organisations across England will share the funding, to undertake a range of work, from engaging young LGBT people through to several pride organisations. Funding will support LGBT communities to be more visible and organisations supporting LGBT communities more sustainable.

Men’s Programme Coordinator Arron Watson said: “We are delighted to receive a grant from the LGBT+ Futures Fund towards our Men’s Programme. This additional funding will enable us to continue to providing creative activities for gay, bisexual and trans men of all ages and backgrounds. These in turn will help us to improve general wellbeing, reduce isolation and increase confidence. We look forward to continuing this work, and say to all gay, bisexual and trans men that LGBT Foundation is here if you need us”.

Funding for the programme is thanks to money from the Government Equalities Office, who are investing in the LGBT sector as a result of their National LGBT Survey—the largest survey of LGBT people undertaken by any Government. The LGBT Action Plan details over 75 actions, including support for the infrastructure working with those LGBT people most in need.

Minister for Equalities, Baroness Susan Williams, said:

“Local LGBT groups are incredibly important to the work of the Government Equalities Office and the advancement of equality in the UK. We are giving these fantastic organisations the resources to tackle the real issues faced in their communities, and to provide training and development to grow and become more sustainable. This investment will be vital in making sure our LGBT action plan brings about real, lasting change across the whole country.”

Paul Roberts OBE, Chief Executive at Consortium said:

“This is one of the first dedicated pots of funding for LGBT+ communities in England. We are delighted to be working with the Government Equalities Office to invest in some amazing organisations. The funding will help support diverse parts of our LGBT+ communities to be more visible and to help those organisations supporting LGBT+ people in need become more sustainable. Whilst a relatively small injection of money into the sector, we hope to make a big impact and we will be supporting both our grant recipients and other LGBT+ organisations to develop the skills and knowledge to get to the next level. We will also be making a further £200,000 available in the second round of the LGBT+ Futures Fund, launching in early May.”

“We hope this programme is just the start of longer-term support and funding for the LGBT+ sector, not only in England, but across the whole of the UK. Consortium will be working with other funders and stakeholders to look at how we can use this opportunity to leverage further new money to support LGBT+ people and communities.”