The LGBT&S Alliance Fund, a special project of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, announced the recipients of its 2012 round of grants to organizations supporting the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight people. The Alliance Fund is proud to report a record $42,000 is being awarded to worthy projects.

These grant awards, given as the result of a competitive process, are intended to fund innovative, ground-breaking, and far-reaching efforts to help underserved youth and community members, and to promote the integration of LGBT issues within the straight world. Winners in this years’ round of grants include:
• Wingspan’s EON Youth Lounge, for its program to promote leadership among youth.
• Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF), for its program providing health education to homeless and near homeless youth.
• Tucson Jewish Community Center, for its Fabulous Faygeleh LGBT Film Series of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival.
• University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies, to help underwrite its Miranda Joseph public lecture series.
• Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, for its nationally recognized program for transgender people.
• Habitat for Humanity Tucson, to support its “Rainbow Build II”, in which the LGBT community will cooperate to build a home for a deserving low-income family.
• NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre, for its project entitled “There Is No Dance From Which We Are Absent”, celebrating LGBT experiences.
• University of Arizona’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, for its Safe Zone training program, in which campus allies are trained in providing supportive environments for LGBTQ students.
• Casa Libre en la Solana, in support of its project “Made for Flight”, bringing recognition to transgender people who have been murdered over the years.
• Wingspan, for its program “Rainbow CONNECT” and “Rainbow on the Road”, which provide safe people and places throughout Southern Arizona, and a “warm line” for LGBTQ youth to speak to a peer about their fears, issues and concerns.
• Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF), for its “Project ALLY (Life Links for Youth) Gatekeeper training that includes suicide-prevention training.
• Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA), for its Safe Streets Arizona, LGBTQ Youth Public Harassment Safety Project.

Over the more than ten years since it was founded, the Alliance Fund has awarded more than 100 grants totaling about $500,000. A portion of this year’s grant program, the Queer Youth Initiative, has been facilitated by a gift from the Funders for LGBT Issues, a foundation in New York.