2013 GLBT Community Projects
Fund Grantees

The GLBT Community Projects Fund at The Miami Foundation is a partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to support organizations and programs that advance education and public awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in Greater Miami. Below is a list of our 2013 grantees.

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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida, Inc. - $5,000

Phase III of ACLU-FL's Hispanic Communications Initiative (HCI) is a public education media campaign in Miami-Dade, aided by a coalition of the county's Hispanic business and religious leaders, which will lay the groundwork for the ultimate passage of statewide legislation for non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals and families.

Aqua Foundation for Women, Inc.  - $6,500

The LBT Emerging Leaders program is designed to develop leadership skills of emerging LBT women in South Florida by enhancing the Aqua scholars. This program creates community building, develops skills and fosters engagement.  Scholars will be educated, empowered, engaged in dialogue, cultivate a shared vision and will formulate a final project.

Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami, Inc. - $13,000

To provide support groups and individual counseling to GLBTQ youth in the schools, and allow staff to engage the target population by conducting outreach and providing information on other available services.

Florida International University - $2,500

To implement an LGBTQA Mentors Program that will provide a nurturing environment designed to foster the growth and development of FIU’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied community of students. The program aims to match these FIU students with members of the faculty and staff who will serve as mentors.

Foster Care Review, Inc. - $10,000

This collaborative project of Foster Care Review, The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth and the CBC Alliance will identify and address the needs of GLBTQ youth in foster care by 1) engaging former GLBTQ foster youth in developing and advocating for policy and practice recommendations, and 2) holding the child welfare system accountable for implementation.

Fundarte, Inc. - $2,500

Out in the Tropics is Miami’s first and only contemporary performing arts festival specifically representing the GLBTQ community. The 2014 festival will present world-class artists addressing GLBTQ issues, cross-pollinating the GLBTQ and Latino communities while raising awareness of GLBTQ issues among the general public.

Jewish Community Services of South Florida - $5,000

To provide quality counseling services by trained mental health professionals, experienced in working with GLBTQ adolescents at schools throughout Miami-Dade County and/or JCS offices.

Miami Beach Gay Pride, Inc. - $5,000

Now in its 6th year, Miami Beach Gay Pride brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community.

Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc. - $13,000

The program will focus on intensive life skill counseling and educational counseling to GLBT clients daily. Youth are of diverse cultures and may be emancipated minors, estranged from their parents, in the foster system or aging out at 18. Youth are in emergency shelter seeking permanent placements due to trauma at home or on the street.

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Inc. - $10,000

The 16th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will take place from April 25 - May 4, 2014 and will focus on exhibiting diverse films that offer multiple perspectives on the LGBT experience. MGLFF aims to strengthen the visibility of Miami's diverse LGBT community by encouraging an inclusive spectrum of cultural and artistic representations.

Miami Gay Men's Chorus - $6,500           

Miami Gay Men’s Chorus will engage in board and organizational development activities to strengthen its artistic programs and capacity to serve the GLBT community by expanding GLBT youth and family programming, launching an audience development campaign to increase diversity, and conducting educational initiatives to promote social justice.

Miami-Dade College Foundation / Miami International Film Festival - $2,500

To include GLBT films, themes and artists in the Miami International Film Festival, focused on offering a selection of the best international films to residents and visitors.

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Foundation - $7,500

To increase staffing and visibility for the LGBT Visitor Center and continue and expand community programming to protect, serve, educate and enrich our community. 

Next @ 19th Street - $2,500

To support programs that foster GLBT identity and community. Next@19th will present Schmekel 100% Trans Band; implement Next Families engaging GLBT families in Jewish community and experience; and offer The New Sanhedrin, a debate program articulating and advocating for ideas around ethics and values.

Performing Arts Center Trust, Inc. - $2,500        

To support the production of "Fear Up Harsh," a play that explores military valor, LGBT issues within the military, and how our ideas about heroism are shaped. Created by a Miami playwright with input from Iraq War vets, the play will feature post-chat-backs with vets and the Miami community about LGBT issues.

Pioneer Winter Collective - $10,000

Performance HUB: Community-Responsive Projects features several LGBTQ community programs - building, maintenance, and interaction - for the 2013-14 season. Programming supports the continuation of Project LEAP and socially conscious contemporary dance performances, as well as engaging new audiences through transmedia and film.

Pridelines Youth Services, Inc. - $15,000

Pridelines’ Drop-in Center/David Bohnett CyberCenter provides safe space, free computers and internet access, tutoring, leadership development and community building opportunities for over 300 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, ages 14-24.  It will improve self-esteem, help LGBTQ youth do better/stay in school, develop life skills.

Reading Queer - $5,000

Reading Queer seeks to establish Miami as a center for GLBT literature through a literary salon series, creative writing workshops led by nationally and locally recognized GLBT writers, public readings during a one week festival and an online web-journal to archive the works created and performed during the program.

Safe Schools South Florida, Inc. - $15,000

To support the expansion of the Safe Schools Project, making schools and classrooms safe learning environments for all students with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth, in Miami-Dade County.  

SAVE Foundation, Inc. - $10,000

To continue the TransEquality campaign to add protections for transgender people in Miami-Dade County's existing Human Rights Ordinance. SAVE will move public opinion through concurrent grassroots and educational campaigns to mobilize supporters with the goal of achieving and protecting countywide civil rights in 2014.

Survivors Pathway Organization - $13,000

To focus on Domestic Violence issues in the LGBTQI community by providing individual counseling sessions, group therapies and education & training. 

Switchboard of Miami, Inc. - $9,000

To continue to provide the LGBTQ HELPline & Suicide Awareness Program to meet the need for crisis and other counseling and support as well as information and referral services via call/text/and chat 24/7 for an estimated 800 GLBTQ teens and adults with targeted advertising and community awareness activities about services available.

Tigertail Productions, Inc. - $9,000

SpeakOut is a vital one-of-a-kind writing/performance/spoken word project for GLBT teens (13-19) that runs 8-months, January – August 2014. This Tigertail initiative, now in its 7th year reaches 500 GLBT teens in the inner city, as well as throughout greater Miami, through dynamic events and transformative opportunities.

YES Institute - $5,000

To create lasting shifts in relatedness, safety and patient care for hospital and mental health systems of care by providing communication and educational tools to empower partnership workplaces with lasting skills to staff to ensure comprehensive and quality care to all patients, and a safe and inclusive workplace for all.