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2012 LGBTQ Giving Project Grants

Each grant is $9,150.

API Chaya (Seattle, WA) -- API Chaya provides culturally relevant services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, organizes within Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities and offers training and technical assistance to community members and service providers. This grant will support the Queer Network Program, a youth-led program which works to break down barriers and cultivate opportunities for the community to expand its awareness and work collectively to create change and to take action against sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence.

Causa Oregon (Salem, OR) -- Causa works to defend and advance immigrant rights in Oregon through community organizing, mobilization, and education. Causa coordinates with local, state and national coalitions and allies and is the largest Latino civil and human rights organization in the Pacific Northwest. This grant will support Causa’s work to expand public education within their base. Causa’s LGBT leaders will use new and creative methods to build LGBT leadership and share the stories of LGBT Latinos and Latinas through an original play about the Latino LGBT experience. The play will serve as an organizing tool for Causa’s broader LGBT work.

Montana Human Rights Network (Helena, MT) -- The Montana Human Rights Network is a grassroots, membership-based organization. MHRN’s mission is to promote democratic values such as pluralism, equality and justice; to challenge bigotry and intolerance; and to organize communities to speak out in support of human rights principles and democratic institutions. This grant will support the Equality Project, which works to secure fairness and dignity under the law for Montana’s LGBTQ community. Specifically, the funds will be used to support the local non-discrimination ordinance campaign in Bozeman, MT. 

Umatilla Morrow Alternatives (Hermiston, OR) -- Umatilla Morrow Alternatives’ mission is to advocate for equality, leadership, education and human dignity among all under-served minority populations in Umatilla and Morrow Counties in Oregon. Their varied work includes direct services like STD testing and needle exchange, community organizing on issues like racial profiling and immigration, a leadership development program to train new organizers, and a resource for anyone in crisis. Founded and led by GLBT, HIV-positive, low-income, people of color, UMA keeps anti-oppression and inclusion at the center of all its work. This grant will provide general operating support.