OUT Maine has received a $10,000 grant from the Cummings Fund and the Lawrence P. Ralston Fund as part of Maine Community Foundation’s Regional Grant Initiative. This funding will bring more training and support to under-resourced rural schools to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ youth, particularly transgender youth in elementary schools.

“We’ve been hearing from elementary schools around the state who want to make sure that they have culturally specific information to best support trans students. With this grant, thanks to the Maine Community Foundation, we will be providing training and ongoing support to educators, administrators and school staff at six to eight rural elementary schools beginning this fall,” said Jeanne Dooley, OUT Maine’s executive director.