(Rockland, ME) - OUT Maine has received a $10,000 grant from the Cummings Fund and the Lawrence P. Ralston Fund as part of Maine Community Foundation’s Regional Grant Initiative. This funding will bring more training and support to under-resourced rural schools to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ youth, particularly transgender youth in elementary schools.
“We’ve been hearing from elementary schools around the state who want to make sure that they have culturally specific information to best support trans students. With this grant, thanks to the Maine Community Foundation, we will be providing training and ongoing support to educators, administrators and school staff at 6-8 rural elementary schools beginning this fall,” said Jeanne Dooley, OUT Maine’s executive director.
The non-profit OUT Maine was founded in 1996 with a mission to support rural LGBTQ youth. In 2014, the organization hired staff and expanded offerings to include changing school climate through education, building a strong provider safety net by training those who work with LGBTQ youth and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to keep them safe and in their homes.
With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.