The Rainbow Fund grants panel has agreed a new round of grants this spring. Voluntary sector groups were invited to submit a proposal via the Sussex Community Foundation in April.
Proposed funding includes:
• FTM – £850 for project costs
• LGBT Community Safety Forum – £3800 for a community advocate post
• Peer Action – £500 for therapy activity costs
• Lunch Positive – £1000 for essential food hygiene equipment
• MindOut – £1000 for their peer support group costs
Paul Elgood, Chairman of the Rainbow Fund, said:
“This is the first time we have given out grants in the spring, and so I would like to thank the many fundraisers who made this possible.
“We do not directly fundraise ourselves but rely on groups, individuals and businesses to help ensure we have enough funding available.
“The funds available meant we mostly gave out small grants this time, with our larger grant round in the autumn.
“We are pleased to be funding some of our regular organisations and also some new proposals. We hope the funding will make a difference to their work.
“I would also like to thank the independent grants panel for their time and expertise again.”
The Rainbow Fund provides grant funding to the local LGBT voluntary sector. It does not fundraise directly but benefits from a number of high profile events and activities. There are no salaries, expenses or office hire costs associated with the Fund, except in terms of the professional advice it receives in terms of administrating the Fund by the Sussex Community Foundation. All panel members are volunteers and give their time freely.