How the Annenberg Foundation supports LA’s Aging LGBT Population

According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, there are 1.5 million LGBT elders in the United States, and by 2030 that number will nearly double. Research about the needs of older LGBT people and their families has only just begun. SAGE, a national advocacy organization for LGBT elders, says the main issues facing this growing population are discrimination and harassment, HIV/AIDS care, affordable housing, and community and companionship.

To support the local LGBT elder community, the Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing Corporation (GLEH) in Hollywood. With this 15-month grant, Annenberg aims to improve the life experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors by developing affordable housing, providing comprehensive care, and building a welcoming community. 

Established in 2000, GLEH built the nation’s first affordable housing development of private, individual apartments with on-site services addressing the needs of LGBT elders 62 and over. In Spring 2014, GLEH opened its second LGBT-friendly housing complex, the Argyle, in Hollywood.

This grant is part of Annenberg’s health and human services grantmaking program. But this isn’t the first time that the Annenberg Foundation has shown its support for GLEH. In 2004, Annenberg gave $1 million to GLEH to support the building of Encore Hall, the first nonprofit, affordable housing development. 

More broadly, the Annenberg Foundation has been a long-time supporter of LGBT causes in the Los Angeles area. For example, the foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Lambda Literary, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization advancing LGBT literature, and $30,000 to Raise A Child, a nonprofit that encourages the LGBT community to build families through fostering and adoption (Read Annenberg Foundation: Los Angeles Grants).

Most Annenberg grants range between $10,000 and $100,000, so this one to GLEH was on the high end. Highest priority is on the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles, and equal consideration is given to applications for awards for general operations or program support. Whether or not your organization has worked with Annenberg in the past, consider applying for free nonprofit leadership training through Annenberg Alchemy for a little guidance. General questions about the grantmaking process can be directed to requests@annenbergfoundation.org or 213-403-3110.