The Samara Fund’s mission includes providing core support for Vermont’s LGBTQ community organizations as well as HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. The Fund also works to find and support projects that are unexpected or off the beaten path, from oral history collections to media projects and artist residencies—all in support and celebration of Vermont’s LGBTQ community.
In 2015, the Samara Fund made 18 grants totaling $65,006.
2015 PROGRAM SUPPORT GRANTS
Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph received $4,000 to support the Chandler Pride Theater Festival.
Common Ground Center in Starksboro received $5,400 to support Camp Outright, a week-long summer camp for queer and allied youth.
Green Mountain College in Poultney received $3,000 to support the student production of a web-based mini-series targeted towards LGBTQ college students in Vermont.
Richford School District received $1,000 to organize a new queer-straight alliance in the Richford Junior Senior High School.
Rivendell Interstate School District received $556 to add literature with LGBTQ characters or themes to the Rivendell Academy library.
Vermont Community Access Media received $2,500 to digitize the archives of The Cherie Tartt & Yolanda Show.
Vermont Performance Lab in Guilford received $5,000 to support an artist residency with queer writer/director/performer Ain Gordon.
2015 OPERATING GRANTS FOR LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS
Green Mountain Crossroads received $5,000 for programs in Windham County.
Outright Vermont received two grants totaling $10,900 for programs statewide in support of queer youth.
Pride Center of Vermont received two grants totaling $8,400 for programs statewide, including the annual Vermont Pride Festival and their Coming Out Later in Life events for people over 50.
2015 OPERATING GRANTS FOR HIV/AIDS ORGANIZATIONS
AIDS Project of Southern Vermont received $5,000 to support their work in Windham and Bennington County.
HIV/HCV Resource Center received $3,000 for services in Orange and Windsor Counties.
Vermont CARES received $5,000 to provide services to ten counties in Northern and Central Vermont.
Vermont PWA Coalition received $5,000 for statewide programming including their 25th annual educational retreat.
The Sheldon Museum in Middlebury received $1,500 in late 2014 to support events that featured the new book Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by historian Rachel Cleves.
Lamoille Union High School received $250 for leadership work hosting the 2015 Annual QSA Summit.