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Horizons Foundation has long recognized - and been committed to addressing - the particular and persistent challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color and their organizations face. Not surprisingly, many of these reflect the historical and contemporary racism of US society in general. Beyond those, other challenges include low levels of foundation funding; smaller administrative capacity to support an organization's work; and fewer opportunities for LGBT leaders of color to network at the professional and social gatherings where information and contacts are exchanged.
To help a core of people of color LGBT (POC/LGBT) organizations and individuals develop the capacity to play sustaining leadership roles in the LGBT community, Horizons has made investing in this area one of our grantmaking priorities, particularly through this new program, POCIBLE: People of Color Initiative to Build Leadership and Effectiveness.
The POCIBLE grants address four major goals: