The Attic receives $100K grant

An LGBT youth organization this week received a $100,000 grant to support its work.

Impact100 Philadelphia, a women’s philanthropy and grantmaking organization, awarded funds to The Attic Youth Center and four other nonprofits at its annual meeting Monday. 

“We are ecstatic to receive these funds,” Attic Executive Director Carrie Jacobs said in an email. “It is a critical juncture in The Attic’s history as we are approaching our 25th year, and the funds from Impact100 will make a tremendous difference in our future and in the lives of the LGBTQ youth who we serve. 

“We are tremendously thankful to the members of Impact100 for choosing to fund The Attic, and in turn, impacting the lives of our city’s LGBTQ youth,” Jacobs added.

Jacobs said The Attic will use the grant to “address the needs of LGBTQ youth who are homeless, unstably housed or at risk for becoming homeless.” Additionally, she said the nonprofit plans to enhance its Life Skills Center, mental-health services, job-placement programs and internship opportunities. 

Jacobs and The Attic staff member Hazel Edwards prepared a presentation, along with four other grant finalists at the meeting, held in the Crystal Tea Room at the John Wanamaker building. Impact100 members voted on the finalists.

“All of the finalist organizations did a wonderful job with their presentations and were very deserving,” Jacobs said. 

In addition to The Attic, the Interim House and the Community Volunteers in Medicine also received $100,000 Core Mission grants. The Philadelphia Young Playwrights and the National Audubon Society received $30,000 General Operating grants.