Spring Cycle 2006 grants

KALAMAZOO - The Arcus Foundation gave away more than $10.6 million in grants during its spring 2006 funding cycle, including the following Michigan awards:

Arcus Gay & Lesbian Fund

14 grants totaling $895,100

Brookview School

Benton Harbor

$75,000 to expand the Seeds of Tolerance project, focused on creating community tolerance around GLBT and other diversity issues through diversity curriculum, teacher training, community dialogue, film screenings and exhibitions, and planning of a diversity center with community partners.

Community Advocates for Persons with Developmental Disabilities


$7,000 toward the Community Participation Initiative to enable partnerships with area agencies to create a more inclusive environment for all citizens; and for GLBT-specific diversity training to foster greater awareness of how to serve GLBT clients and family members.

Community AIDS Resource & Education Services (CARES) of southwest Michigan


$60,000 for general operations support to serve 13 Southwest Michigan counties with HIV education, testing and counseling to minimize transmission of HIV and maximize the quality of life for persons living with HIV.

Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan


$35,000 in general operating funds to develop a state-level strategy to include "gender identity and sexual orientation" as protected characteristics against discrimination within the Michigan Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act; and work at the local level to reduce segregated housing patterns throughout Kalamazoo.

Family Planning and Women's Health of Allegan County


$8,800 to support the Healthy Futures Program, which offers STI-HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and referral; to expand targeted outreach to areas with high Hispanic populations such as migrant camps; and to establish new outreach clinics in the Saugatuck/Douglas Area.

Girl Scouts of Glowing Embers Council


$350,000 toward construction costs of a new Program and Training Center in central Kalamazoo to serve as a meeting and activity space for groups of girls from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation


$35,000 for the Challenge Day program to be presented in four Kalamazoo-area middle and high schools, providing experiential workshops and programs that teach tolerance for diversity, truth and expression.

Krasl Art Center (St. Joseph Art Association)

Saint Joseph

$10,000 to expand Art Angels, a program that uses a hands-on visual art experience as a form of self-expression for persons undergoing medical treatment, to reach and serve a more diverse audience through a partnership with CARES of Benton Harbor.

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

East Lansing

$30,000 to bridge the disability and GLBT communities by opening dialogue about challenges and opportunities common to both, through education, advocacy and celebration in the southern lower peninsula, including Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Detroit.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) - Southwest Michigan Chapter


$9,300 for a Bridging Event, co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Gay/Lesbian Resource Center and Kalamazoo Public Library in the fall of 2006, to strengthen community understanding and promote racial justice.

Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan


$200,000 for the "Building for Tomorrow" capital campaign for this leading advocate of reproductive rights and accurate sexuality information and education.

Renaissance Enterprises


$10,000 to support general operations and programs offering musical presentations to over 150 nursing homes and care facilities throughout Southwest Michigan; and to increase their roster of GLBT artists, artisans and performers.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts


$40,000 to complete theater renovations in this newly established arts and cultural center to allow for a more diverse offering of theater, music and dance, as well as related outreach to the local community.

Whole Art Theater


$25,000 to support theatrical projects for the upcoming 2006-2007 season, including the production of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that deals with gender identity, production of a play that deals with society's prejudices and obsessions with appearance, the development of a play that tells a story of a small Midwestern town that has made heterosexuality illegal; and to offer a summer camp to at-risk youth.

Arcus Fund

Nine grants totaling $743,096

Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center


$140,000 over three years for the Civic Engagement Program, including voter registration initiatives, town hall meetings, civic education workshops and other activities designed to empower the GLBT community to advocate on its own behalf.

American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan


$150,000 over three years for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project, offering legal services and advice to individuals as well as advancing the rights of GLBT people in the public policy arena.

Elder Law of Michigan


$30,775 to establish a legal hotline for older members of the GLBT community in Michigan to assist with advice on personal legal issues, with a strong emphasis on aging and retirement issues, including wills, powers of attorney, joint tenancy, advance directive, pensions and caregiver concerns.

Gays In Faith Together

Grand Rapids

$6,000 for general operations to help GLBT people and their allies reconcile concerns related to faith and sexuality through support, events, advocacy and outreach.

Kalamazoo Gay/Lesbian Resource Center

Kalamazoo, MI

$13,500 to produce a series of Pride Connection events which will highlight social justice issues that impact GLBT people, encourage self-pride and pride in the GLBT community and offer opportunities for interaction with the community at large and, in particular, the black community.

Nokomis Learning Center


$10,000 for a lecture series on the theme of Native American gender roles and diversity among Great Lakes peoples, including historical "third and fourth genders" and contemporary "two-spirit people"; and an HIV/AIDS health outreach program to create awareness among health care professionals regarding issues of concern to the Native American GLBT community in Michigan.

Regents of the University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Ann Arbor

$25,000 for the Lesbian, Gay, Queer Research Initiative's "LGQRI On The Road" which will allow LGQRI to partner with other institutions in southwest Michigan to present artists, scholars and writers working in sexuality and gender issues.

Ruth Ellis Center


$322,821 over three years to help the Center increase its fundraising capacity, including the hiring of a development director.

YWCA of Berrien County (Women's Community Association of Berrien County)

Saint Joseph

$45,000 for general operations of the GLBT Out & Affirmation Center to strengthen long-term capacity through professional development, creation of a strategic plan, staff support and program development.

Arcus National Fund

36 grants totaling $3,872,000

Advocates for Youth

Washington, D.C.

$60,000 for a one-year pilot project addressing homophobia in communities of color with the goal of improving the sexual health and well-being of GLBT youth of color.

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

New York City

$500,000 over two years for general operating support of the Lesbian & Gay Rights Project, which works on litigation and public education issues such as marriage and relationship recognition, basic civil rights, parenting, youth and schools and gender identity.

Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation

Washington, D.C.

$30,000 to research, analyze and improve the progressive community's capacity to successfully engage with anti-gay ballot measures.

Center for Policy Alternatives

Washington, D.C.

$25,000 for training, convening and further development of the Marriage Equality Leadership Circle, a network of state legislators in 30 states.

COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere)

San Francisco

$25,000 for the creation of a new five-year strategic plan to assess how to effectively develop its mission to support and advocate for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents.

Equality New Mexico Foundation

Albuquerque, N.M.

$125,000 over two years for general operating support to strengthen the Equality Federation Institute, a national network of statewide GLBT organizations.

Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute

Washington, D.C.

$350,000 over two years for general operating support for nonpartisan training, convening and leadership development for openly GLBT candidates for public office at the state and local levels.

Gill Operating Foundation


$250,000 for the Movement Advancement Project to provide donors and organizations with strategic information, insights and analysis to help increase and align resources for highest impact on obtaining GLBT equal rights.

Healthy Teen Network

Washington, D.C.

$15,000 for a project of this national association of practitioners in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health to make sexuality education more inclusive of GLBT issues.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights


$150,000 over two years for the National Asylum Partnership on Sexual Orientation (NAPSO), a program of the organization's Midwest Immigration & Human Rights Center to address the unmet needs of GLBT asylum seekers through education for service providers, agencies, advocates and policymakers.

Hetrick-Martin Institute

New York City

$50,000 challenge grant to develop, test, and launch "HMI To Go," a toolkit documenting the successful programs of this GLBT agency serving youth; and to enable replication by school districts, community centers and organizations across the nation.

Housing Works

New York City

$50,000 for leadership development and organizing of black men who have sex with men and its Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA), a national initiative focused at the state and national levels.

Human Rights Watch

New York City

$50,000 for three U.S.-focused research projects conducted by the LGBT Rights Program on discrimination faced by same-sex couples, abuses against transgender people in detention and the treatment of homeless lesbians in shelters.

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

New York City

$300,000 over three years for general operations to conduct strategically chosen lawsuits, advocacy initiatives and public education to defend and expand GLBT equality and fair treatment of people with HIV.

Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center

New York City

$50,000 for "Causes In Common," a multi-year national coalition to build deeper working alliances between GLBT activists and those working to maintain and expand reproductive rights.

LGBT Labor Leadership Initiative

Washington, D.C.

$30,000 for the AFL-CIO constituency group Pride at Work to educate union members and leaders to recognize and support rights of GLBT workers.

Liberty Education Forum

Washington, D.C.

$25,000 for "Reaching the Heartland," a nonpartisan project working to build new alliances with individuals in the Midwest and the South to increase support for gay and lesbian equality.

Mautner Project, The National Lesbian Health Organization

Washington, D.C.

$50,000 in general operating funds for communications and development efforts to improve its organizational capacity.

National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers

Washington, D.C.

$80,000 over two years in general operating support to expand the capacity of 150 GLBT community centers nationwide through leadership skills-building training, technical assistance, coalition building and organizational needs assessments.

National Black Justice Coalition

Washington, D.C.

$217,000 for organizing and capacity building to educate and mobilize opinion leaders, individuals, public officials, clergy, community based organizations and media, on issues affecting GLBT African Americans.

National Center for Civic Innovation

New York City

$60,000 over two years for general operating support for the Center for HIV Law & Policy, a legal policy resource and strategy center for advocates addressing the legal needs of people with HIV.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

San Francisco

$100,000 for general operations of this national legal resource center working to advance the rights and safety of GLBT people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy and public education.

New Israel Fund

New York City

$50,000 for WorldPride 2006, a series of international conferences, meetings and events to be hosted in summer of 2006 by Jerusalem Open House, a grassroots activist organization working to expand civil rights and social justice in Israel.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Washington, D.C.

$200,000 over two years to strengthen the field and policy program working to build capacity of local PFLAG chapters through increased local chapter organizing, training and advocacy.

Political Research Associates

Somerville, Mass.

$100,000 over two years for research and public education on the anti-GLBT activities of right-wing social movements.

Progressive, Inc.

Madison, Wis.

$20,000 for the Progressive Media Project's Queer Voices series to prepare and disseminate GLBT op-eds and to improve the media capacity of GLBT organizations.

Public Allies

Milwaukee, Wis.

$35,000 challenge grant for the New Leaders/New Alliances initiative to train community-based leaders in order to increase public awareness and understanding of quality-of-life issues that affect the GLBT community.

Regents of the University of California, Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military

Santa Barbara, Calif.

$30,000 for general operations for this research institute working to educate military officials, policy makers, media and the public on the negative impact of the country's anti-gay military policy.

Research Foundation of the City University of New York, Hunter College and Graduate Center

New York City

$25,000 for a project to convene black sociologists to explore how they might shape and inform increased conversation on GLBT sexuality in African-American communities.

Rockwood Leadership Program

Berkley, Calif.

$150,000 over two years to train leaders from the GLBT nonprofit sector to develop their individual skills and enable them to become more effective and collaborative as leaders.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Washington, D.C.

$250,000 over two years to provide advocacy, education and pro-bono legal assistance to those directly affected by the military's anti-gay policies.

Spelman College


$145,000 for support of "Breaking the Silence: The Audre Lorde Black Lesbian Feminist Project," to catalog and digitize the archives of Audre Lorde, produce a national colloquium on her work, and support activities targeted toward college educators, scholars, activists, students and the general public to increase awareness and understanding about African-American gay and lesbian experiences.

Stony Brook Foundation

New York City

$30,000 over two years for development and inclusion of GLBT inclusive content in the curricula used to train clinical psychologists in the United States, to be developed in partnership with AFFIRM (Psychologists Affirming their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Family).

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

New York City

$75,000 for policy and legal reform to benefit transgender individuals, to write model policies and create activist toolkits.

United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns

Cleveland, Ohio

$70,000 over two years for organizational capacity building and organizing with welcoming congregations that are members of the UCC Coalition.

Women's Sports Foundation

East Meadow, N.Y.

$100,000 over two years for the "It Takes a Team!" initiative, an educational program dedicated to ending homophobia in both women's and men's sports.

Arcus Great Apes Fund

9 grants totaling $5,047,015

African Wildlife Foundation

Washington, D.C.

$251,494 over two years for bonobo conservation efforts, including projects to establish a self-sustaining community-based research station committee, conduct a detailed survey of bonobos and develop a strategy to give local people skills and empowerment to monitor and manage wildlife resources.

Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care (Save the Chimps)

Fort Pierce, Fla.

$3,971,414 for construction and general operating support for Save the Chimps chimpanzee sanctuary, which will house 300 individual chimpanzees.

Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C.

$10,000 for the Kibale Community Fuel Wood Project to protect chimpanzees from human encroachment.

Land Empowerment Animals People

Oakland, Calif.

$30,000 for a project organized by Hutan/KOCP to initiate, develop and implement a sound monitoring strategy for orangutans and other non-human primate species living in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.

International Primate Protection League

Summerville, S.C.

$183,764 to support six primate rescue projects located in developing countries where Great Apes are native. Funded sanctuaries are: The Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam; The Friends of Bonobos Association, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; HELP Congo, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Highland Farm Gibbon Sanctuary, Amphur Prop Pra, Tak Province, Thailand; Kalaweit Gibbon Sanctuary, Indonesia; and Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Sierre Leone.

Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation

Arlington, Va.

$450,000 over two years to establish a public policy department to secure greater resources and policy action on behalf of Great Apes conservation and care.

Lincoln Park Zoological Society


$110,343 for a project to monitor the health risks faced by chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE)

Los Angeles

$10,000 for the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative to work with local, regional and national governments and NGOs on an international conference, workshop and summit in Sumatra focusing on orangutan conservation education.

Wildlife Conservation Society

Bronx, N.Y.

$30,000 for a project to conserve Cross River gorillas in Cameroon and Nigeria through the establishment of protected areas, anti-poaching programs and building local capacity.

Special Initiatives

2 grants totaling $90,000

Fauna & Flora International

Cambridge, U.K.

$15,000 for a consultant to facilitate the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Board of Directors strategic planning meeting.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy USA

Marshall, Va.

$75,000 over three years for the Resident Medical Officer at Nanyuki Cottage Hospital, Nanyuki, Kenya.

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