OVERVIEW: The Aqua Foundation for Women awards grants to LGBTQ organizations in South Florida.
IP TAKE: This funder typically awards grants to support general operating costs related to LGBTQ programs.
PROFILE: Alicia Apfel—who joined forces with Alison Burgos, creator of the Aqua Girl Charity Festival—initially conceived the Aqua Fund for Women. In 2004, Robin Schwartz, Cindy Brown, Elizabeth Schwartz, Vivian La Madrid, and Martha Sternberg joined Aqua. The foundation aims “[t]o serve and support the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.” It invests in LGBTQ+ youth homelessness and a variety of other issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community and women.
Aqua’s grants program centers on awareness, training, and community outreach projects that benefit the LBTQ population in South Florida. The foundation offers up to $20,000. Past Aqua Foundation grantees include the Alliance for LGBTQ Youth and the Sundari Foundation. Its scholarships program supports South Florida LGBTQ students entering or attending college.
The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requires applicants to first submit a letter of intent for foundation staff to review prior to submitting a full grant application or proposal.
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