CHARLOTTE — A local, LGBT foundation has announced it will fund projects this year that seek to raise the profile of Charlotte’s LGBT community in front of a national audience when the city hosts the Democratic National Convention next year.

The Wesley Mancini Foundation has awarded grants to 21 local organizations since its founding in 2000. Beginning with this year’s focus on the Democratic National Convention (DNC), the foundation will choose a theme each year that highlights specific community issues and needs. Funding requests must be for projects that seek to fulfill that theme’s goals and which partner or collaborate with at least one non-LGBT organization.

“With the resources that we have to give back to our community, we wanted to make sure we target a specific issue each year,” Wesley Mancini, the organization’s founder, said in a release. “The ‘theme’ will change from year to year based on the needs of the LGBT community. Our board is very excited about our new direction and what it can mean to not only the Charlotte LGBT community, but also the community at large.”

Projects funded by the foundation must be non-partisan and must not deal with politics, instead focusing on local community awareness during the convention. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 15 for the foundation’s Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012 grant cycle.

Federally-tax exempt organizations or those with tax-qualified sponsors interested in receiving a grant application should contact Bob Scheer at 704-375-4275 (extension 11) or via e-mail at

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.