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Growing Together: An LGBTQ+ Fund


With the goal of creating an inclusive environment, The Community Foundation’s Growing Together: An LGBTQ Fund was established in 2001 through grants from the National Lesbian and Gay Funding Partnership and contributions from local donors. The fund supports numerous LGBTQ+ educational opportunities each year through the leadership of the Growing Together Fund’s Advisory Committee. The committee includes Community Foundation staff and Board members, and representatives from various local constituencies: education, law enforcement, faith communities, LGBTQ organizations, and concerned community members.

The Growing Together Advisory Committee uses data from the Community Reports and Data Center to prioritize funding and initiatives. Follow this link to the Community Reports and Data Center:

Growing Together: An LGBTQ+ Fund has distributed more than $135,000 in grants since 2002. An endowment fund of more than $385,000 supports local efforts focused on community inclusiveness now and in perpetuity. Follow this link for a list of programs we have funded:

One example of a recent program funded by Growing Together is an 8-part series by KCBX Public Radio that shares stories about what it’s like to be a queer and/or trans person living in San Luis Obispo County. You may listen to and learn more about the program at In Between: Stories of Queer and Trans People of Color in SLO County.

Grant Proposal Applications:

To make a general donation to the Growing Together: An LGBTQ+ Fund click here.

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