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The Dr. Barnes Learning & Leadership Fund

Pony Barnes Foundation carries on the legacy of Dr. Virginia Barnes whose life’s work inspired youth and their families to reach new levels of personal potential and kindle their desire to engage in lifelong learning.

Dr. Barnes was a visionary and committed educator who guided youth in understanding their own personal potential, discovering and harnessing individual strengths, and having fun along the journey.

The Dr. Barnes Learning & Leadership Fund carries on her important work and is awarded to camps who currently aim to improve or create a new leadership program for LGBTQ+ campers and/or staff.

Additional Eligibility for Applicants:
In addition to the requirements listed here, each grant has additional eligibility requirements. To receive the Dr. Barnes Learning & Leadership grant, camps must:

  • Demonstrate a specific focus on serving the LGBTQ+ community, particularly young LGBTQ+ leaders

  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership programs that embody experiential learning principles

  • Demonstrate a plan to focus grant funds on leadership development that improves the camp experience for LGBTQ+ campers and staff


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