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.

2015 Donations

Grants for 2016 are due by January 1, 2016.

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 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. 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.

The David Womack Memorial Fiber Arts Scholarship - A $1000 scholarship available to any undergraduate student studying the fiber arts such as knitting or sewing and creating or using such materials in creative ways. 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. In addition, please also include examples (images, scans, photographs or anything you feel pertinent) that demonstrate your skills, work and aesthetic. Outsider, guerilla, radical or other types of work are most highly rated. The essay can be mailed to the IanThom Foundation at the address listed or sent via email. The Application can be found here.

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