The Cape Cod Foundation is now accepting grant applications to the Gay and Lesbian Equity (GALE) Fund for 2018. The application process is entirely online; the deadline for proposals is midnight on Friday, March 16th.

The GALE Fund, established in 1998, raises awareness and support for issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) community on Cape Cod and the Islands. Since GALE’s inception, the fund has raised and distributed more than $250,000 to local organizations with programs that improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals and their families.

The GALE Fund grants program encourages informed, relevant, collaborative, and effective programming about LGBTQ issues, responding to the most pressing needs identified by the community. Advocacy for LGBTQ at-risk community members is a priority.

The GALE Fund is seeking proposals that include, but are not limited to, activities and programs focusing on: Equal/Human/Civil Rights, Youth and Elders, Health Care, Arts and Culture, and Education.  Programs addressing LGBTQ immigration are also welcomed.

GALE Fund grants typically range from $500 to $3,000. Special consideration is given to projects in which the people who are targeted in the proposal will have a voice in the process, from conception and design to implementation and evaluation.

For information on GALE grant proposals and the online application, visit www.capecodfoundation.org. For assistance, contact Dara Gannon, Director of Programs and Donor Services at 508.790.3040 or dgannon@capecodfoundation.org.  Learn more about the GALE Fund at www.galefund.org.

Anyone interested in contributing to the GALE Fund or joining the Jewel Society can call Cape Cod Foundation President and CEO Kristin O’Malley at 508.790.3040, donate online at capecodfoundation.org or mail a check, payable to the GALE Fund, to: The Cape Cod Foundation 261 Whites Path, Unit 2, South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.

The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grantmaking and civic leadership. The Foundation has distributed nearly $65 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989.  www.capecodfoundation.org