CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund has announced its 2013 grant cycle is now open. The Fund, a collective giving and endowment fund of the Foundation For The Carolinas, says applications and application guides are now available online at their website.

The Fund has given more than $500,000 in grants to local non-profits since they were established in 2003. This year marks their 10th anniversary.

Community grants will be provided for a variety of needs. The Fund’s grant categories include: Community Connections Grants with up to $5,000 for the creation of programs, projects and events that address the mission of the Fund; Basic Operating Grants providing unrestricted operating funds to build non-profit community groups’ capacity; and ADAM Queer Youth Initiative Grants with awards up to $4,000 to projects targeting or serving LGBT youth of color, young women, transgender, gender-nonconforming youth and low income youth.

An information workshop for applicants will be held at the Foundation For The Carolinas, Jan. 30, 4-6 p.m., 220 N. Tryon St. This year’s application deadline is March 1.

The group plans to distribute $120,000 in 2013.

More information can be found at

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.