LezRideSA Offering Grants to LGBT Youth Groups

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LezRideSA announced this week that is accepting applications from local LGBT youth organizations for two $500 LezFund Grants it will award this summer.

The grants would be used by the youth organizations to promote or sponsor healthy activities like dance, sports, hiking, cycling and team building events. Underwriting for the grants is being provided by The Health Collaborative, La Botanica, and the Heat Nightclub. This is the third year the grants are being offered.

LezRideSA was founded in 2014. It provides free outdoor wellness activities to the LGBT community. According to their website, the group “uses cycling and exercise to promote, inspire and support LGBT inclusion, diversity, wellness and community building through healthy adventures.”

In their announcement about the grants, LezRideSA organizers say, “It is LezRide’s hope that by offering the LezFund Grant, youth organizations can support projects, programs and/or strategies that advance or sustain the health, success, education, equity and advancement of LGBTQ+ youth, thus reversing the unacceptable and disturbing current statistics around marginalization, harassment, transphobia, and homophobia.”

To qualify for a grant organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Serve LGBT youth between the ages of 12 and 22 years old
  • Serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area
  • Be located in San Antonio, TX
  • LezRideSA is not able to donate to individual persons

Additionally, applicants must have 501(c)3 non-profit tax status or be affiliated with an organization that has 501(c)3 tax status which will assume fiscal responsibility for all funds received and expended.

Other requirements are listed on the application, which is available at this link. Application deadline is June 15, 2018. Grant recipients will be announced on June 30.

For more information, or concerns, regarding the application process, email [email protected].

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