Eight Projects in Montana Receive Fundingon June 29th, 2009 at 3:35 pm
In Support of Education, Advocacy and Outreach
Montana Two-Spirit Society (Missoula, MT) www.mttwospirit.org $2,500 to develop a short video about the Montana Two-Spirit Society and the importance of Native LGBT and two spirit communities. This video will be used to not only promote the work of the Montana Two-Sprit Society, but also to educate about two spirit history, culture and traditions.
Montana Human Rights Network (Helena, MT) www.mhrn.org $4,000 to support the second year of the Equality Project, a three year program to increase statewide grassroots organizing that will lead to the passage of a fully-inclusive Montana Human Rights Act by the 2011 legislative session. Goals for this year of the project include a public education campaign in all 50 Montana legislative districts and the passage of an inclusive non-discrimination law in one Montana city.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Carbon County (Red Lodge, MT) www.dsvsmontana.org $2,500 to support the Carbon County Violence Prevention Initiative, which is delivered to K-12 students in Carbon, Stillwater and Yellowstone Counties. A central goal of the initiative is to create safer, more welcoming school climates for LGBT students. All of the organization’s educational programs, whether targeted to youth or adults, are inclusive of LGBT issues.
PFLAG Great Falls/Golden Triangle (Great Falls, MT) www.pflag.org $1,000 to set up and staff a booth at the Montana State Fair which is the largest event of the year in the Great Falls area. Part of the funds will be used to purchase the equipment to show educational DVD’s at the booth.
Bozeman GLBT Resource Center (Bozeman, MT) www.bozemanrc.org $2,250 to create a Queer Youth Support Program for local youth, ages 16-19. The program will consist of six-week peer education and support trainings open to as many as 12 youth at a time and facilitated by two licensed counselors.
National Coalition Building Institute Missoula (Missoula, MT) www.ncbimissoula.org $2,500 to support the Montana Safe Schools Coalition, which is a network of ten statewide organizations working to eliminate anti-gay bullying in Montana schools. Now in its eighth year, the group’s primary activities are presenting the Making Montana Schools Safer workshops and collaborating with decision-making bodies to create and implement policies.
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care
Missoula AIDS Council (Missoula, MT) www.missoulaaidscouncil.org $2,250 to support the organization’s free and anonymous HIV testing and counseling programs. The program provides counseling, peer support and education to high-risk populations that likely would not access testing services through any other means.
Yellowstone AIDS Project (Billings, MT) www.yapmt.org $4,000 to continue the Hands Across Montana project, which provides emergency services to people living with HIV/AIDS throughout a large part of Montana. Services covered include ones not allowed by any other government source such as utility bills, car repairs and medical insurance co-pays.