CONTIGO FUND is an effort to strengthen and network existing agencies and to identify and support grassroots efforts that advance Latinx and LGBTQ causes and the intersection of these two communities. It will also seek to build bridges across Central Florida’s diverse communities and to raise awareness of homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry that divide our communities rather than bring them together.
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“Contigo” means “with you” in Spanish. For all those affected by the Pulse tragedy -whether physically present at the club or otherwise- we want you to know: Estamos contigo. Contigo Fund honors the fact that the LGBTQ Latinx community faces disturbing realities. In addition, nearly half of the Pulse victims were Puerto Rican. Many were Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Salvadoran, Venezuelan, and from other Latinx and African diaspora. Some were undocumented. Over half were under 30, with the youngest victim being just 18 years old.
Why is this needed?
How are we doing this?
Applying for the Contigo Fund Grant Program?
Program Director Marco Antonio Quiroga is based in Orlando and is overseeing a local community advisory committee and a grant process to distribute funds to strengthen LGBTQ and Latinx Central Florida. For any questions regarding the Contigo Fund and its grant program, please email Marco Antonio Quiroga at MQuiroga@Our-Fund.org.
How can you support?
Contigo Fund is housed at Our Fund – an LGBTQ community foundation based in Fort Lauderdale. The contributing partners to the fund are the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Arcus Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, and Our Fund Foundation.