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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
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.
For more info visit www.vermontcf.org/samara.