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LGBT Network GSA Mini Grants

LGBT Network Extends Application Deadline for 2019 GSA Mini-Grants

The LGBT Network announced today that it would extend the application deadline for GSA Mini Grants to December 14, 2018.

The LGBT Network provides mini-grants to high school Gender and Sexuality Alliance or Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs each year to advance local efforts to address and prevent the bullying of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth.

The LGBT Network will be issuing up to 30 grants in 2019 – 18 on Long Island and 12 in New York City (eight in Queens, and one in each remaining borough). The LGBT Network’s GSA Mini-Grants are funded through the generous support of this year’s 2018 Gala donors.

To apply, follow the application process below, or contact Callie Vitalo CVitalo@lgbtnetwork.org for Long Island, or Elizabeth Cohen ecohen@lgbtnetwork.org for Queens.


Application Instructions:

Application Deadline: Extended to December 14, 2108

For Long Island Schools: Please submit your proposal in a Microsoft Word document with the Grant Proposal Form to Callie Vitalo: CVitalo@lgbtnetwork.org.

For Queens Schools: Please submit your proposal in a Microsoft Word document with the Grant Proposal Form to Elizabeth Cohen: ecohen@lgbtnetwork.org.

Proposals should be no longer than 1,000 words explaining the nature of the project, and how the funding will be spent to support project costs. A report of your completed project must be submitted by May 31, 2019. All mini-grant recipients are required to submit pictures of their project as part of this report to document its impact.

Please include the following in your proposal:
• What is the goal of your project?
• How will the GSA club implement the project?
• Who will be involved and how?
• How will you advertise and promote the project?
• Where will the project take place?
• What will the mini-grant funds be used to pay for? Please be specific as possible.
• How will your incorporate social media using #lgbtnetwork?
• What is your plan to take pictures and/or video to capture your project?

Download and Complete the GSA Empowerment Grant Proposal form and include with your grant application.

Contacts:
Long Island: Callie Vitalo // Anti-Bullying Coordinator // (631) 665-2300 // cvitalo@lgbtnetwork.org
Queens: Elizabeth Cohen // Community Educator // (718) 514-2155 // ecohen@lgbtnetwork.org



2017 Award Winners:

Thanks to the support of Last year’s Gala attendees, in the 2017-2018 school year the LGBT Network awarded 17 grants to local GSA clubs to support youth-led anti-bullying efforts in schools. Below are examples of GSA clubs utilizing their Mini-Grants for advocacy, outreach, and making their schools a safer and more supportive environment for LGBT students. Our goal at the LGBT Network is to continue this very important program every year.
School Project Summary
Plainview Old Bethpage- JFK High School Students will paint a crosswalk outside of the building rainbow. Funds will be used to buy paint, and materials.
Uniondale High School Students will construct a sculpture made of posts in the ground, each one painted a different color of the rainbow. Students will collect anti-bullying and messages of acceptance from all English Classes, as well as teachers. The GSA will vote on the 12 best messages and each post will have a message painted on it, to send the message that Uniondale HS is a place of acceptance for all.
Central Islip High School Students will use funds to be able to attend PRIDE in June, march with their GSA and make a banner. GSA held a fundraising event in February sponsored by Tullulahs of Bay Shore, to begin fundraising for the event.
Bethpage High School Students will use funds to attend the LGBT Network Conference. This is the first year students have been able to attend conference.
East Hampton High School Students will use funds to create LGBT stickers to put on classrooms, in an effort to demonstrate acceptance for the community within the school, and so teachers can show support.
East Islip High School Students will use the funds to attend the LGBT Network Conference. This is fhte first field trip taken by the GSA, and the first conference attended.
Walt Whitman High School Students will use the funds to attend the LGBT Network Conference.
Bay Shore High School Students will use the funds to attend the LGBT Network Conference. Any left over money would be used for art supplies so students can continue to promote the GSA by making posters and promotional materials.
Lindenhurst High School Students will use the funds to attend the LGBT Network Conference.
Mattituck High School Students will use the funds to hold a Unity Mixer at Mattituck High School for students from both forks of the East End. The mixer aims to create a social space, near to all the students where they can dance, have a fun night and feel free to be themselves.
Wantagh High School Students will use the funds to spearhead a safe space campaign at their school, aimed at training students and teachers how to be safe spaces, and how to educate and promote the creation of safe spaces within the school.
Northport High School Students will use funds to paint a mural promoting inclusivity for LGBT Students.
Pierson High School Students will use funds to hold an art exhibition showcasing the work of LGBTQIA students, as well as local artists. All proceeds from the exhibition and any art sold will be used as a scholarshop for a student who has demonstrated a commitment to creating an inclusive and accepting school environment.
Lynbrook High School Students will use funds to supply middle schools within the district LGBT+ books and resources for middle school libraries. After using 2017 grant money to create a "Library for All" in the H.S., students saw the need to extend resources to the middle school as well.
Sachem East High School Students will use the funds to attend the LGBT Network Conference.
John L Miller- Great Neck North High School Students will use the funds to convert a single-stall faculty bathroom into a gender neutral bathroom for students. Money will be used for new signs, safe space posters and any additional renovation needs.
Sayville High School Students will use funds to attend the LGBT Network Conference

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