It’s a tough time to grow up gay.
LGBTQ youth are targeted by legislation that bans the word “gay” in public schools and limits access to sports and health care. An Idaho Pride celebration has been targeted by white supremacists.
Phoenix One-in-Ten helps youth, their parents and young adults prepare for life’s challenges. The nonprofit raised $15,175 through the Arizona Republic-sponsored A Community Thrives grant program in 2021.
Applications for 2022 grants will be accepted until June 30.
The grant “helped LGBTQ youth develop social and emotional skills to challenge decades of homophobic and transphobic systems and messaging at work, school and in public places,” said Executive Director Nate Rhoton.
One-in-ten was founded in 1993. It is based near downtown Phoenix, but has satellite operations in Anthem, Chandler, and Flagstaff. The group serves approximately 500 LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 11-24 per year.
The 2021 Community Thrives fundraiser took the form of an $8,400 grant from the Gannett Foundation and more than $6,700 raised in matching funds. Gannett Co., Inc. is the parent company of The Republic and azcentral.com.
A total of 16 Arizona nonprofits shared $333,000 in Community Thrives grants last year.
The 6-year-old Community Thrives program supports education, arts and culture, wellness, and community development in cities nationwide.
Grants are divided into two categories:
- National grants of $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000 are awarded for specific projects with the theme of community building. These are decided by the Gannett Foundation National Board of Trustees.
- Local operating grants can be used for specific projects or for operating costs. Local operating grant applications will be reviewed by some of the same dedicated Republic employees who review Season of Sharing grant applications each year. A distinction between the two grant programs: crowdfunding. For final consideration, A Community Thrives asks nonprofits to do independent crowdfunding.
A Thriving Community 2022
- June 1-30 — Application period.
- July 18-August. 12 — Crowdfunding by qualified associations.
- The grants will be announced on October 5.
Nonprofits can find more details about A Community Thrives and apply at acommunitythrives.com. Learn more about one-n-ten at onenten.org.
Roxanne De La Rosa writes about nonprofits for The Republic and azcentral.com. Contact her at [email protected]