The Open Door Fund was able to make grants totalling $50,000 to fifteen nonprofit organizations in 2013. We were pleased to fully fund a number of grant requests, and provide significant funding for many others. Still, the total grants represent less than the funds requested.
Aging Services Foundation of Boulder County - $ 5,500
The ASF is dedicated to helping Boulder County older adults stay connected, engaged, and living in a community “in which we all age well.” The grant supports Project Visibility, Rainbow Elders, and the Silver Lining Resource Guide.
Attention Homes - $ 4,000
Attention Homes’ Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program provides street outreach, day drop-in and overnight emergency shelter services to homeless teens. The grant will connect homeless and runaway LGBT youth to services and their community so that they can transition to safe, stable long-term housing and/or be reunified with their families.
Boulder County AIDS Project - $ 5,000
BCAP provides culturally competent HIV and AIDS-related services to thousands of youth, men, women and seniors in Boulder, Broomfield, Gilpin, and Clear Creek counties. The grant supports HIV care and prevention services that are provided free of charge.
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless - $ 3,000
The Boulder Shelter is the only shelter for single adults between Greeley and Denver. The grant will allow the Shelter to continue to provide an eight-bed gender-neutral dorm in recognition of the unique needs of the transgender population related to privacy as well as physical and emotional safety.
Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center - $ 2,000
Women’s Health is a family planning clinic and sexual health care provider. They are the only provider of transgender services for the general population of Boulder. The grant will allow Women’s Health to continue provide the level of care and education, in a safe environment to those who might not otherwise be able to afford such services.
Colorado Anti-Violence Program - $ 2,000
CAVP is a grassroots organization working to end violence within and against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in Colorado. The grant will allow CAVP to continue building a base of skilled LGBTQ youth leaders to support violence prevention, support the healing of LGBTQ survivors, and increase accessibility of service providers to LGBTQ people.
Dancin’ Divas - $ 2,500
The founders of Dancin’ Divas have a passion for dancing and a desire to make sure social dancing opportunities continue to be available for their LGBTQ friends and supporters. The grant will allow Dancin’ Divas to continue to provide monthly, quality social/dance experiences for the Boulder County LGBTQ Community, and to expand their capability to reach a wider audience.
CU-Boulder GLBTQ Resource Center - $ 3,000
The GLBTQRC offers and supports free programs and community events on the CU campus. The grant will allow the Center to continue to focus on increasing connectedness, visibility and awareness through the inclusion of marginalized identities within the GLBTQ community, particularly youth, transgender people, bisexual people, people of color, and graduate students.
OASOS - $ 3,000
Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation and gender identity Support (OASOS) focuses on support groups and services to address the needs of all LGBTIQ youth. The grant will allow for funding the Boulder County Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Leadership Retreat project to increase the leadership capacity of youth GSA members.
Out Boulder - $ 8,000
Out Boulder is Boulder County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Community Center. The grant will allow Out Boulder to continue to focus on providing the critical support for the programs and services that connect and engage the Boulder LGBTQ community.
Partners of Boulder County - $ 3,000
The Partners program is one-to-one mentoring which helps at-risk youth ages 8- 17 learn to make better choices, develop healthy relationships with peers and adults. The grant will allow Partners of Boulder County to reach their goal of increasing partnerships from 29-56 and adding 15 mentors from the LGBT community.
PFLAG – Boulder County - $ 3,000
The PFLAG mission is to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their parents, family members and friends. The grant will allow PFLAG of Boulder County to advance their efforts around education and advocacy, especially to inspire straight allies in the community to stand up and speak out for LGBT equality.
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence - $ 3,000
SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children. The grant will allow SPAN to support a series of workshops and trainings from the Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) for program staff and administrators from SPAN, Safe Shelter of the St. Vrain Valley, Attention Homes and Bridge House.
Second Wind Fund - $ 2,000
The mission of Second Wind Fund is to decrease the incidence of suicide by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth. The grant will allow Second Wind to continue to collaborate on “Voices Out of Silence” and follow the success of the program piloted at Fairview High School.
St. Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition - $ 1,000
The goal of the SVVSSC to work in partnership with the St. Vrain Valley School District to foster a safe environment that encourages educational success for LGBTIQ students, and to support staff and parents. The grant will allow the Coalition to better connect and communicate to the community by launching and hosting a new website.