CHARLOTTE — The Wesley Mancini Foundation’s grant application period for LGBT-focused funding projects is open until Nov. 1.

The Wesley Mancini Foundation’s mission is to provide funding for projects that promote the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community, seek to eliminate censorship and/or work to foster and support freedom of expression. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 15 grants to 11 organizations. Projects must benefit residents of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, and are project specific.

Past recipients include: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Barebones Theatre Group, Campus Pride, The Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Partnership Fund, The Echo Foundation, William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Resources, The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Charlotte, Metrolina AIDS Project, Off Tryon Theater Company, One Voice Chorus, Playworks, Time Out Youth, Unity Fellowship Church and The Urban Institute at UNC Charlotte.

Wesley Mancini Foundation board members include Ben Collins, Mike Davis, Jonathan Murray, Rev. Tonyia Rawls, Nancy Ring, Ward Simmons, Connie Vetter, Tom Warshauer, and Bert Woodard. Please call 704-375-4275, ext. 11, for further information.

Federally-tax exempt organizations or those with tax-qualified sponsors interested in receiving a grant application should contact Bob Scheer at 704-375-4275 (ext 11) or via e-mail at