Grant money to help transgender individuals during their transition doesn’t really exist.
That’s why Leland Koble is so grateful for Our Fund.
Koble is president of New Beginnings, an organization that provides a place for transgender individuals to stay and recover before and after they go through surgical procedures. “We are the only place like ours in the world that we know of.”
The organization helps male to female transgender individuals, female to male, non-binary, and anyone else. “We just support them in whatever part of the transition phase . . . Our Fund has been a huge help for us.”
She said that previous grants from the Our Fund Foundation to her organization have helped during “desperate times” and she’s glad Our Fund once again awarded New Beginnings money. About 10 people a month are helped by New Beginnings.
Koble said that previous grants from Our Fund to her organization have helped during “desperate times” and this new grant will also be put to good use helping pay for the stays of about five individuals at New Beginnings’ facility in Broward County. The grant for New Beginnings, which Koble estimates will help fund the stays of five individuals, was part of the $112,500 in grants given out this month by Our Fund.
“A diverse group of community leaders from various backgrounds reviewed over 20 applicants to select the projects that were funded. Chaired by Our Fund Board member Scott Bennett, the committee included Dan Ayers, Peter Burleigh, Hiram Martinez-Cabrera, Ghenette Wright-Muir, Mark Reyes and Barbara Signer, who volunteered their time for this effort,” reads the press release on the grants.
Some of the other recipients include ArtServe, the Humanity Project, YES Institute, Lambda Living, Latinos Salud, Poverello, Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, and Gilda’s Club. The stated purpose of some of the grant money awards will be an anti-bullying program, cancer awareness tailored to LGBT youth, opportunities for youth and adults to share their thoughts on gender and orientation, and support for LGBT seniors.
Obed Caballero, Our Fund’s communications and administrative associate, said the organization tries to look for programs that focus on communities most in need, including transgender individuals as well as seniors and minority groups.
The grants will be presented during Our Funds grant reception – Wednesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Stonewall Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. The deadline to apply for the next round of grants will be Aug. 31. Visit Our-Fund.org for more information.