Grants

Our Awardees

While the IanThom Foundation makes grants throughout the year, the vast majority of our funds are distributed at the start of each calendar year. Many referrals come from friends and associates, and we encourage suggestions from our friends and applications from any qualified organizations. A number of arts grants are direct designated by the donors in memory of Thom and so do not go through the grant process.

Donations/Grants

Grants are made at the beginning of each calendar year, with the exception of the scholarships, which are awarded each July/August.

Prior Awards

The following organizations have received awards since 2000. Some of these groups received small donations as acknowledgement and support of specific actions that they have taken (such as a donation to the Kennedy Center to thank them for inviting the Gay Mens Chorus of Washington to perform.)

Scholarships

Three scholarships are available for application. Information is available at www.Scholarships.com and below this. These scholarships are in memory and honor of David Womack and will be granted to students who exemplify his memory. David Michael Womack passed away on March 18 2011 and those of us who were privileged to know him were diminished at his passing.

In his honor, the IanThom Foundation has decided to set up three separate scholarships to be awarded annually in the amount of $1000 to a student in need. To give applicants an indication of the sort of person David was, we suggest the following link to his obituary which sums up his lifelong commitment to learning, improving the world and himself and his dedication to the causes of justice and equity.

He was one of the founders and supporters of the first GLBT/Socialist/Anarchist bookstores in Huntsville, Alabama and retained deep roots to his family and friends there throughout his life. He was a part of the Radical Faerie movement and yet worked for the uranium industry for a while. He worked for the finance department of the Human Rights Campaign and was a tireless advocate for freedom.

He was sponsor of the Philips Collection, the Smithsonian Institution, the Shakespeare Theatre and could converse on just about any topic under the sun. He mentored many young emerging artists ranging from outsider art to grafiitti art to alternative materials. He sewed, knitted, carved wood and stone, wrote and read voraciously. He was a huge fan of Regretsy.com and while he had a wicked sense of humor, he respected and admired the artistic process and those willing to take chances.

To that end, we have established three scholarships in his memory. These are simply one-off scholarships to a different student each year, The awarding of these funds will be as a check payment to the student once the student has proved acceptance/payment/admission for the upcoming year or semester..

Please note that we are not "professional" awarders of scholarships and the grant decision is completely and purely subjective based primarily on the personality of the student that comes through as the sort of person who, in our totally arbitrary decision, David would have like to have known or seen succeed.

The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship - A $1,000 scholarship available to any gay or lesbian undergraduate student who is a resident of West Virginia. The scholarship applies to attendance at any institute of higher learning in the United States. The scholarship is awarded in August for the upcoming school year. An essay and proof of college attendance/acceptance is required by June 30th. The essay should be no more than three pages and discuss the applicants background, educational history, goals for the future and why the applicant believes he or she should receive the scholarship. The essay can be mailed to the IanThom Foundation at the address listed or sent via email. The Application can be found here. If the linke doesnt work, please email Iangibsonsmith@ianthom.org

The David Womack Memorial Alabama LGBT Scholarship - A $1000 scholarship available to any lesbian or gay undergrad student from the state of Alabama. The scholarship applies to attendance at any institute of higher learning in the United States. The scholarship is awarded in August for the upcoming school year. An essay and proof of college attendance/acceptance is required by June 30th. The essay should be no more than five pages and discuss the applicants background, educational history, goals for the future and why the applicant believes he or she should receive the scholarship. The essay can be mailed to the IanThom Foundation at the address listed or sent via email. The Application can be found here.

Donations have been made to the following:
ACLU of West Virginia
AIDS Action Coalition - Huntsville
AIDS Drug Assistance Conference
AIDS Network
AIDS Ride
AIDS Walk
American Conservation Film Festival
American Humanist Association
American Philatelic Society
American Voices
ASGRA
Avon Breast Cancer Walk
CARTA
CASA
Childrens Home Society
Colorado Springs Pride Center
Columbus Aids Task Force
Common Roads
Contemporary American Theatre Festival
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Crystal Meth Working Group
CSSMM
Daughters Of Mumbi Global Resource Center
Duke Ellington Fund
E WV Foundation
Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic
Equality Maryland
Equality Ohio
Equality Toledo
Equality Virginia
Ezekiels Place
Fairness WV
Foundation For All DC Familiies
FRFF
Friends In Action
Friends Of Music
G&LR
Gay Mens Chorus
GenderPac
Gill Foundation
GLAAD
GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services
GLHSC
GLSEN
GMCW
Hannahs House
Heroes
Hospice of the Panhandle
HRC
Idaho Womens Network
Immigration Equality
Institute for Analytical Philately
Kennedy Center
Kiva
Lambda Legal Defense
Lambda Literary Foundation
Latino Educational Media Center
Leather Archives
Mautner Project
McAuley Institute
Metropolis Fund
MPPF
MS Society
National Geographic
National Postal Museum
National Theatre
NGLTF
One Institute
PFLAG
Point Foundation
Potomac Valley Audobon Society
PPGLCC
Pride Foundation
Project Inform
Ronald McDonald House
Safe Haven CAC
Shakespeare Theater
Shepherdstown Day Care
Shepherdstown Rotary
SLDN
Smithsonian Institution
SMYAL
Spay Today
Stonewall Democrats
THC
The Arts Center
The Longest Day
The Royal Philatelic Society London Development Fund
The Theater Offensive
The University Of Toledo Foundation, Larson/Salem Fund
Tour De Friends
Transitional Housing Corporation
Uncommon Legacy
United Nations 34 Million Campaign
United Way Of Jefferson County
V Day
Victory Fund
Walk For the Cure
Washington Animal Rescue
Write to Read
WVFree
Yankauer Fund - PVAS

 

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