The Growing Together Initiative, a fund held at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo, is seeking nominations of leaders that have supported the LGBTQ community. An annual award is presented each year during PRIDE in the Plaza in July to an individual, business or organization demonstrating ongoing support of social justice, inclusivity and equality for the LGBTQ community in San Luis Obispo County through philanthropy, business practices, direct services, advocacy or community action.

Nominations are open to the public through June 2, and may be accessed through the Community Foundation website http://www.cfsloco.org/. The Growing Together Initiative Advisory Committee will review nominations with the following criteria: business policies that support equality and inclusivity for LBGTQ clients, customers or staff; contributions, advocacy and actions that support equality and inclusivity for the LBGTQ community; and/or having a positive impact on the LGBTQ community.

Nominators are asked to provide a brief overview of the nominee, as well as describe how the nominee has distinguished themselves among their peers by going above and beyond to support equity and exclusivity for the LGBTQ community in San Luis Obispo County. The winner will be announced at the PRIDE in the Plaza festival on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Previous winners of the award include community leaders David Elson and Janice Fong Wolf.

Growing Together Initiative provides grants to local LGBTQ organizations focusing on the principles of social justice, a civil society and safety of our youth. Local grants amounting to more than $130,000 have been allocated since 2002. An endowment fund of more than $300,000 has also been established to support local efforts focused on community inclusiveness now and in perpetuity. For more information about the Growing Together Initiative visit The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County’s website at http://www.cfsloco.org/ or call (805) 543-2323.