Fairfield, CT — January 05, 2021 – The Leonard-Litz Foundation is pleased to announce that it has established a $250,000 COVID emergency fund for the LGBTQ+ community. Through the fund, the Foundation will dispense $15,000 grants to nonprofits that are providing support to LGBTQ+ individuals who are struggling with hardships imposed by the pandemic.
The LGBTQ+ community has been hit especially hard by COVID, with its members suffering from higher rates of job loss, financial stress, food insecurity, and housing instability than non-LGBTQ people. Existing inequalities, such as lack of access to health care, have been amplified by the pandemic, making LGBTQ+ individuals even more vulnerable to the physical and psychological impacts of the disease.
“It is heartbreaking to see COVID affecting the lives and livelihoods of so many, particularly those in the LGBTQ+ community,” said Elliot Leonard, co-founder of the Leonard-Litz Foundation. “It is our deepest hope that this fund will provide support and relief to our fellow gay, queer, and trans people who are suffering right now.” Click here to apply for a Covid assistance grant.