New grants seek to fund LGBT youth and senior programs

Mancini Foundation opens 2013 grant cycle applications

by Matt Comer  Editor
Published: October 2, 2012 in News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charitable foundation is seeking applicants for its 2013 grant year who will serve LGBT youth under the age of 14 or LGBT seniors age 65 or older.

The Wesley Mancini Foundation will accept grant proposals through Dec. 1, 2012. The small grants will be awarded for programs operating through 2013. The foundation says it seeks to increase services for LGBT young people and the elderly. Each grant LGBT organization applying for funds must partner with a non-LGBT organization and seek to fund a program within the grant cycle’s theme.

“A possible topic could be partnering with AARP to focus on LGBT elderly and the lack of support systems in Assisted Care facilities, forcing LGBT seniors back into the closet, as an example,” the foundation said in a release.

Last year’s foundation theme centered on the Democratic National Convention. Two projects were funded last year.

Since its inception in 2000, the Wesley Mancini Foundation has awarded small grants to nearly two dozen local organizations. In that time, the group says it has granted more than $100,000. Groups receiving the most funds have included the LGBT Community Center, Actor’s Theater of Charlotte, the Charlotte Coalition of Social Justice, Time Out Youth and Wild Acres Initiative.

To apply, federally tax-exempt organizations or those with tax-qualified sponsors should contact Bob Scheer at 704-335-5404, ext. 402 or via e-mail at