About the OPEN Community Grant
Sometimes great ideas remain locked as only great ideas due to a lack of resources.  OPEN acknowledges this and wants to give back to the community by actively facilitating change.  We are pleased to announce the third annual OPEN Community Grant program. We will award a $1,000 grant to a project or idea that supports the mission of OPEN, has a positive effect on the LGBTQ community and demonstrates financial need.  

The 2017 Community Grant is now closed. Thank you for submitting your entries! 

OPEN Madison
Community Grant Program

Congratulations to our 2016 Grantee: 

LGBT Books to Prisoners is a donation-funded, volunteer-run organization based in Madison, WI that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. We have been doing this for nearly 10 years and have sent books to more than 6,000 people in that time. In 2015, we sent 3,042 packages of books with your support.

LGBT Books to Prisoners will use this grant to purchase education and development books, particularly LGBTQ-friendly and focused books, to meet the requests from LGBTQ people in prison. These are vital materials to people in prison, especially as education and training programs in jails and prisons have been cut across the country, meaning that book programs and other nonprofit organizations are left filling key training and reintegration roles. Since 95 percent of people in prison will be released back into communities across the country, having education and professional skills to thrive upon their return is an important step towards ending the cycles of incarceration that plague the LGBTQ community. 

Have more questions about this program? Please contact info@openmadison.org 

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Mail us: PO Box 1646 Madison WI 53701

Email us: info@openmadison.org

Call us: (608) 561-3849

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OPEN provides education and information resources regarding issues of gender and sexual diversity and other issues of professional concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) individuals who live in the Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin area. 

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