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Ron Guillard

TPIF distributes $175,000 in grants to 37 organizations across Texas

From staff reports

Texas Pride Impact Funds this week announced the list of 37 organizations chosen to receive funding through its 2022 Community Grants Program. TPIF’s Board of Directors approved recommendations from the foundation’s Grant Action Group on Tuesday, 9 August, completing the review process that began June 20 and continuing TPIF’s mission to recognize organizations and projects working to meet the current and direct needs of Texas’ LGBTQ communities while working to “correct systemic injustices that unfairly burden people living within these identities and at their intersections,” TPIF officials noted in a statement released Thursday, August 11.

Ron Guillard, Executive Director of TPIF, noted that the foundation has “surpassed[ed] the $1,000,000 milestone in less than four years since our first grants in November 2018,” an achievement that proves “TPIF’s mission resonates with a generous community of donors and funders – from across Texas and country – who believe in the strategic importance of an LGBTQ+ Community Foundation for Texas.

Guillard continued, “Equally exciting: We are still in the first year of the foundation’s first five-year plan which has all efforts aligned to reach $1,000,000 per year in grants by 2026. The impact of our grant program on small and medium-sized organizations across the state serving historically underresourced communities has been demonstrated time and time again, and we look forward to rolling out more of these stories in the future.

This year’s recipients are: Abilene Pride Alliance ($4,000); allgo in Austin ($3,000); Beyond Brotha ($5,000); Black Ladies in Public Health at Arlington ($3,000); Borderland Rainbow Center in El Paso ($9,000); Dune LGBT Homeless Foundation in Fort Worth ($3,000); Eagle Pass SAFE ($6,000); East Lubbock Art House ($4,000); Elevate North Texas ($6,000); Kiss Austin ($5,000); Freedom Church (Freedom Cares) in Houston ($3,000); Gender and Sexuality Center: Serving Women and LGBTQIA Communities at UT Austin ($3,000); GENTex to McAllen ($10,000); HOUSE in Fort Worth ($5,000); House of Rebirth in Dallas ($6,000); I NEED SPACE in Austin ($4,000); Just Love Collaborative in DFW ($4,000); Pride of Lubbock ($6,000); Conduct of Lyfe Journey in Dallas ($3,000); Mayahuel Matriarchs in Central Texas ($3,000); Monica Roberts Resource Center in Houston ($3,000); Pride Center San Antonio ($8,000); Pride Center West Texas of Odessa-Midland ($10,000); Pride Community Center in College Station ($3,000); Save Our Sisters United in Houston ($5,000); Smile Big TX in Amarillo ($4,000); South Texas Equality Project in Harlingen ($5,000); Taylor Pride ($3,000); TFA RGV PRISM in the Rio Grande Valley ($3,000); The Mahogany Project in Houston ($5,000); The Normal Anomaly Initiative in Houston ($6,000); The Opal Center in Wichita Falls ($3,000); The Velvet Arts Project in Dallas ($5,000); Trans Legal Aid Clinic of Texas in Houston ($5,000); Trucha in the Rio Grande Valley ($4,000); Village Unlimited at DFW ($3,000) and WhatsintheMirror in Austin ($5,000).

This year, in the grant process, Guillard said, TPIF used a cloud-based grant management software platform configured specifically to replicate TPIF’s previous “highly manual” process, and at the same time incorporated the grantmaking principles referred to today in philanthropy as Trust Based. Granting of subsidies.

Trust-based grantmaking principles include transparency, simplified and streamlined paperwork for applicants and funders – in this case, TPIF – “taking responsibility for knowing the issues and organizations in their region, or as in the case of TPIF, the separate regions of Texas”. a press release from the foundation explained.

TPIF’s Grant Action Group “invited community members from all walks of life and areas of the state to participate in the selection process by reviewing the narrative section of this year’s grant applications which consisted of only four questions. Two Other factors were considered to arrive at the 37 awards: alignment with TPIF funding priorities and factors that cause an organization to be overlooked by traditional funding sources, either due to geographic regions and/or narrowly focused, yet life-saving services it provides.”

TPIF received 75 grant applications this cycle, a 34% increase from 2021, and 37 grants were awarded, up 76% from last year. The total of $175,000 in grants awarded represents a 46% increase over the 2021 total grants.

Organizations in Abilene, Odessa, College Station, Amarillo, Taylor and Wichita Falls received grants this year for the first time.

Funding for TPIF is provided by individual and family donors, corporate sponsorships, and institutional and corporate funders. Of all funds received by TPIF to date, including donations, grants, and pledges, one-third comes from “sources outside of Texas who understand that LGBTQ+ nonprofits in Texas are significantly under-resourced. , especially compared to other states with large populations,” according to TPIF officials.

For more information or to donate, visit TXPIF.org.

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