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Samara Fund announces $48,625 in grants to support the LGBTQ community of Vermont

The Samara Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, announced awards of $48,625 in grants and scholarships in its second annual competitive grant round at the Foundation, including support for Vermont Pride on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The fund awarded $40,625 to 18 nonprofits for program and operating support and $8,000 in scholarships to six exceptional high school seniors.

The Paramount Theater received $2,000 to support an artist's residency program with openly gay Korean-American violinist Amadéus Leopold. Bruce Bouchard, executive director at the theater, said, "Following the performance he was mobbed by 60 kids. Many of the students have stayed in touch with him… There is nothing more powerful than art in exposing young evolving minds and sensibilities to the idea that we can, quite possibly, live in a world that works for everyone."

The Samara Fund's vision is to be Vermont's leading source of permanent support dedicated to nurturing the vitality, success, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities through dynamic and sustained philanthropy.

The awards support a variety of programs that address LGBTQ needs, ranging from Burlington High School's Pride Alliance and Common Ground Center's Camp Outright, a youth summer camp partnership with Outright Vermont, to Vermont CARES and other HIV/AIDS service organizations.

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