The board of Pride Fort Lauderdale is now accepting applications for community grants for local charitable organizations and a new scholarship for an LGBTQ student. The grants and scholarship are funded from proceeds from the annual Pride Fort Lauderdale festival and first South Florida Trans Pride held on Feb. 11 at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Pride Fort Lauderdale will award up to ten (10) $1,000 grants to 501(c)3 charitable organizations that serve the local LGBTQ community and up to five (5) $1,000 South Florida Trans Pride grants to 501(c)3 organizations that specifically serve the local transgender community. Grants may be used for a special project or to advance the organization’s mission by funding operations.
This year, the board also established a $2,500 scholarship for a deserving LGBTQ student. Applicants must either be enrolled or plan to enroll at an accredited professional school, college or university and the scholarship may be used for tuition, books or other related expenses. Applicants are asked to complete a short online application and provide two academic or personal references.
“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to give back to our community,” said Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell. “A record 50,000 people came together as a community to celebrate the Love Pride on Valentine’s Weekend and the scholarship and grants will help develop future leaders and strengthen our community throughout the year.”
The scholarship and grant applications can be found at www.PrideFortLauderdale.org.