Mancini accepting grant apps

CHARLOTTE — The Wesley Mancini Foundation is accepting applications until Nov. 15 for the grant period of Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2012.

Only federally-tax exempt organizations or those with tax-qualified sponsors will be considered.

Grants are awarded to fund specific projects and are not awarded to cover general operating expenses.

The Foundation changed its grant application requirements. Beginning in 2011, it will pick an annual theme, a theme the LGBT community has a current need to address. Only grant applications addressing the year’s theme will be considered. This year’s focus will be directed at raising the profile of the LGBT community during the Democratic National Convention to be held Sept. 3-6, 2012. Applicants must also partner with at least one non-LGBT organization to achieve the project’s aims.

Interested parties who wish to receive a grant application should contact Bob Scheer at 704-335-5404, ext. 402, or by email to

Guild on hunt for board spots

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild is seeking interested people to serve on its 2012 board of directors.

President Frances Richter commented that being on the board for her has “opened doors, opportunities and valuable contacts” and some of those she has met have become great friends as well.

Non-members can apply for membership and then be considered for the board.

Richter added that 2012 was going to be a whirlwind year with the Democratic National Convention on the radar for fall. Organizers have already contacted the Guild. Although non-partisan in mission, the Guild may benefit from this association and exposure.

Deadline for submission is Nov. 30. All candidates will be vetted by the board’s nomination committee to determine the best fit. Once selected, the names will be turned over to the board who will cast their vote. Notification will be made prior to membership approval at the December meeting.

For more information or to submit a name, email or visit

Center starts food drive, men’s group

CHARLOTTE — The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, in partnership with Essence of a Stud, is sponsoring its first food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank through Dec. 12.

Canned goods may be dropped off at the center at 820 Hamilton St., Suite B11, Tuesday-Thursday, 5-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Essence of a Stud is a network that links women together for support, education, motivation and more. Its members are lesbian, bisexual, femme or studd of all ages.

On Nov. 22, a men’s group will hold its first monthly meeting at the center. Offering Affirming, Safe, Inclusive Space (O.A.S.I.S) is open to all gay, bisexual and questioning men and offers its participants a safe, confidential place to share stories and obtain support. Its facilitator is Randy Johnson. He can be reached at

For more information, call 704-333-0144 or visit

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