BISMARCK, ND — Dakota OutRight will receive nearly $10,000 to support LGBTQ youth in schools from PFund, an LGBT-focused philanthropic organization supporting the Upper Midwest. PFund creates funding opportunities to facilitate social change in three distinct areas:
- Achieving equal rights through advocacy and civic engagement
Creating power through community as a result of organizing, events and the arts
Ensuring access, safety and security in such places as schools, health providers and housing
The PFund grant will support the creation and implementation of the Safe Zone programming and training at middle schools and high schools in Bismarck-Mandan, the state’s third most populous metro area. The purpose of the program is to positively affect the experiences of LGBT youth at a point in their lives where it can help prevent unnecessary trauma and discrimination and connect them to proactive resources in the community.
PFund received 43 funding requests totaling $296,775, which were reviewed by their community-based Social Change Grant Committee. After reading proposals, holding site visits, and making funding recommendations, 20 finalists were narrowed to 12 groups receiving a total of $80,000.
For more information and to see all the grantee partners, read PFund’s full announcement.