LGBT Foundation and George House Trust today announce the launch of Round Three of the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund.
The fund gives financial support to groups, organisations, charities and projects in Greater Manchester that address the needs and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, promote equality and social change, and raise awareness of HIV.
Delivered by George House Trust and LGBT Foundation and supported by Homobloc, Round Three offers grants of up to £1,000 to groups with innovative ideas that make a positive impact on the lives of people in Greater Manchester. The fund can support a wide range of projects including empowering community events, uplifting awareness campaigns, arts and culture work, mental wellbeing support services, sports and leisure activities, and more.
Dr Paul Martin OBE, CEO of LGBT Foundation said: “We are thrilled to be working with our good friends at George House Trust and Homobloc to bring back the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund.”
“Round Three builds upon the success of initiative to date, which has supported inspiring organisations such as Salford Pride, Proud 2b Parents, Rainbow Noir and Dibby Theatre to create a range of support programmes and community-led events that celebrate education, diversity, and inclusion.”
“It is incredibly important to spotlight the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals; i encourage groups and individuals with innovative ideas to seize this opportunity and help create a place where queer people can flourish and people living with HIV can live stigma-free and confident lives.”
Darren Knight, Chief Executive of George House Trust said: “We are delighted to be partnering with LGBT Foundation for Round Three of the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund. This initiative allows us to support projects that not only address the needs of the LGBTQ+ community but also raise awareness of and educate people about HIV. It’s a fantastic opportunity to drive positive change and promote inclusivity and equality for all. It shows the power of partnerships and the importance of uplifting each other to make a huge difference to communities across Greater Manchester.”
The application process for Round Three is open until 11:59 pm on Sunday, 17th September 2023.
Interested applicants can find more information, including eligibility criteria, application guidelines, and deadlines, on the LGBT Foundation website at lgbt.foundation/community-fund
Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts, including representatives from the public sector, local authorities, the Village Licensed Business Association (VLBA), community representatives, George House Trust Trustees, and LGBT Foundation Trustees.
Collectively, LGBT Foundation and George House Trust have played significant roles in promoting the health and well-being of queer people across the UK, while providing crucial support, essential services, and assistance to those living with and affected by HIV. The Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund stands as a testament to their dedication, serving as a vital resource to support the valuable work undertaken by individuals and groups and charities throughout the region.