A commitment to social justice, opportunity, and inclusion

Diversity Partnership Fund

Photo credit: The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County

Strengthening alliances, promoting respect and enhancing services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Santa Cruz County is vital to creating a more open, welcoming, and diverse county.

About the Fund

In 1997, we became one of the first community foundations in the U.S. to establish a social justice grantmaking and leadership program for LGBTQ+ people. In 2005, we launched a campaign to build a permanent endowment to advance the goals of the partnership.

This permanently endowed fund has reached the $1 million mark thanks to the collective effort of many community partners and donors. We are grateful for the impact that generosity has made on Santa Cruz County. As a member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, more than $1 million in grants have been awarded since 1997, including $40,000 in 2021.

Current Grantees

Diversity Center
Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County
Safe Schools Project Santa Cruz County
In 2021, a total of $6,500 was awarded to the following 13 local GSA alliances and clubs:
Aptos Junior High
Aptos High School
Branciforte Small Schools
Delta High School
EA Hall Middle School
Lakeview Middle School
Mission Hill Middle School
Mount Madonna School
Pajaro Middle School
Rolling Hills Middle School
Scotts Valley High School
Soquel High School
Watsonville High School

LGBTQ+ Grants Support Local Nonprofits

The Diversity Partnership Fund makes grants to support programs and activities that strengthen alliances, promote respect, and enhance services for the LGBTQ+ community throughout the county. We will announce more about our 2020 grants this fall.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

We are pleased to announce that for a second year, the Diversity Partnership Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Grants are available to school GSA clubs to create a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ youth. The grants range from $250 to $500 and are a non-competitive funding opportunity to support youth. In 2019, a total of $7,000 was awarded to 14 local GSA alliances and clubs.

Meet Our Diversity Partnership Advisory Committee:

Pictured Left to Right: Jim Brown; Sandy Skees, Chris Weir, Rabbi Paula Marcus, Erica Murphy, co-chair, Ami Ebright, former member Mitch Medina, Damian Maldonado, co-chair.

"Know that your grant support (for our GSA) will serve a wonderful group of students and their efforts in creating a school community that is inclusive and that celebrates diversity. We are thankful to the Community Foundation and its board of directors for offering us this opportunity and supporting students in our community."

- Dr. Rosa G. Hernández, Principal, Lakeview Middle School

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