The newly re-constituted Rainbow Fund has received its first donation from the Brighton Bears Weekend.
The Rainbow Fund recently announced that it would transfer its account from the Sussex Community Foundation to establish itself as an independent group.
The Brighton Bears Weekender kindly donated £240.50 from their Saints & Sinners evening at Subline in November to kick-off the new fund.
The Rainbow Fund has also considered an unsolicited application from Older & Out to provide a small grant for an activity day at the Somerset Day Centre for £260.
The group works with over 30 older LGBT people through such activity sessions. Paul Elgood, Chairman of the Rainbow Fund said:
“We are pleased to be fully operational again and looking to the future. Our time with the Sussex Community Foundation has given us an excellent start to now build on. We are grateful to the Brighton Bear Weekender who made the first donation of our new set-up. This is the third time that they have supported the Rainbow Fund and so it is fantastic to have their support again from the very start. The Grants Panel was pleased to approve a request from Older & Out for a small grant towards a forthcoming activity day, and this continues our work supporting older LGBT people’s groups such as GEMS. Whilst we will not be advertising a main grants round until the summer, we will occasionally consider urgent small applications such as this in the meantime, if an exceptional case is made and if funds are available.”
As part of its new structure and to insure a fully transparent approach, the Rainbow Fund is in the process of recruiting an Independent Treasurer and will be advertising for two Independent members of the Grants Panel in due course. More information about the Rainbow Fund can be found at: www.rainbow-fund.org