Samara Fund for LGBTQ Communities – Supporting Underserved Areas in Vermont
The Samara Fund, managed by the Vermont Community Foundation, is a philanthropic initiative focused on supporting LGBTQ communities in Vermont. In 2018, the Fund introduced special considerations to extend or establish services in rural and underserved areas of the state, with a particular emphasis on supporting LGBTQ youth. This article explores the eligibility criteria, types of support offered, application process, and the impact of the Samara Fund on LGBTQ communities in Vermont.
The Samara Fund was established to address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals and communities in Vermont. Recognizing that many LGBTQ people, especially youth, were living in rural and underserved areas with limited access to resources, the Fund sought to make a meaningful difference by offering financial support.
To be eligible for funding, organizations must primarily serve LGBTQ individuals or people living with HIV/AIDS or those at risk of contracting the virus. In particular, the Fund encourages applications from organizations that extend services or establish new services in underserved regions of Vermont. These areas often face significant disparities in terms of support, resources, and acceptance for LGBTQ individuals.
The Samara Fund offers two types of financial support: General Operating Support and Project Support. Eligible organizations can choose to apply for either of these, but not both.
- General Operating Support: This type of funding provides assistance for an organization’s day-to-day operational expenses. It allows organizations to allocate the funds where they are needed most to sustain and enhance their ongoing efforts in serving the LGBTQ community.
Project Support: Organizations can also apply for support for specific LGBTQ-related projects. This category offers a chance to secure funding for new initiatives, events, or programs that directly benefit LGBTQ individuals or address their unique needs.
To apply for the Samara Fund, interested organizations must complete the application process before the deadline on August 31, 2023. The application requires detailed information about the organization, its mission, goals, and how the funding will be utilized. A thorough explanation of how the proposed project aligns with the Fund’s emphasis on serving rural and underserved areas and supporting LGBTQ youth is essential.
Since its inception, the Samara Fund has played a crucial role in improving the lives of LGBTQ individuals in Vermont. By directing funding to organizations that serve underserved regions, the Fund has helped bridge the gaps in resources and support available to LGBTQ communities.
The focus on LGBTQ youth has been particularly impactful, as it addresses the unique challenges and vulnerabilities faced by young people in rural areas. The projects and services supported by the Fund have fostered inclusivity, provided critical resources, and created safer spaces for LGBTQ individuals across the state.
The Samara Foundation’s commitment to expanding services to underserved areas and supporting LGBTQ youth has made a difference in Vermont’s LGBTQ community. By providing both general operational and project support, the fund continues to help organizations improve their services and make a positive difference for LGBTQ people across the state.
Samara Fund for the LGBTQ Community
In 2018, with an increased focus on supporting LGBTQ youth, special attention will be given to applications expanding or establishing new services to LGBTQ communities in rural and other currently underserved areas of the state. It’s a schedule. Either general operational support or project support (but not not both). All other organizations are obliged to apply for project support.
The application requires detailed information about the organization, its mission, goals, and how the funding will be utilized. A thorough explanation of how the proposed project aligns with the Fund’s emphasis on serving rural and underserved areas and supporting LGBTQ youth is essential.