Call for Proposals for projects to Support LGBTQ2 Communities
Deadline for applications January 15th (end of day)
With the recent Prime Minister’s apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians, it is recognized that LGBTQ2+ communities across Canada have been deeply affected by homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, along with other forms of discrimination, including misogyny and gender-based discrimination. The federal government has made funds available to assist organizations in supporting the LGBTQ2+ community in the immediate term.
To grant a time limited (approximately 3-4 months), project-based funding to organizations across Atlantic Canada with the capacity to serve LGBTQ2+ populations in order to build and/or strengthen community support networks following the federal Apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians. In doing so, the intention is to support the wellbeing of LGBTQ2+ Canadians, with an emphasis on communities most affected by historical discrimination based on LGBTQ2+ status (e.g. Indigenous communities, transgender communities, LGBTQ2 seniors, former members of the Canadian Armed Forces, those unjustly convicted under the Criminal Code, former federal public servants).
Funds should be used to undertake the following activities:
- Convene community education sessions (targeting all individuals, beyond LGBTQ2 communities) on the impacts of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and how to address these impacts collectively;
- Convene LGBTQ2 community peer conversations on the lived experience of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and how to build community resiliency;
- Provide peer led crisis support for LGBTQ2 communities; and
- Other activities that provide support, information and awareness on LGBTQ2 issues.
Grant funding has been issued for the Atlantic Canada region (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador). The Youth Project in Halifax, Nova Scotia has been appointed as the Atlantic Canada regional hub, to administer the program in Atlantic Canada.
The role of The Youth Project is:
- Outreach to LGBTQ2 communities within their region (including rural and remote);
- Create a review panel and manage the distribution of sub-grants using an open and fair process;
- Roll up reporting requirements and final report (i.e. final report of project outcomes); and
- Coordination role (e.g. sharing of information and resources between sub-grantees, etc.).
A total of $60,000 is available for sub-grants. It is likely that individual sub-grants will be in the range from $500 to a maximum of $15,000. Granting dollars will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- Projects should ideally be delivered by or in collaboration with LGBTQ2-informed service providers/organizations. Collaboration between organizations is also encouraged;
- Emphasis on communities most affected by historical discrimination based on LGBTQ2 status (e.g. Indigenous communities, transgender communities, LGBTQ2 seniors, former members of the Canadian Armed Forces, those unjustly convicted under the Criminal Code, former federal public servants); and
- Regional representation (including rural and remote) must be considered within the allocation of grant dollars.
Expected Results for Atlantic Canada
- Establish partnerships with and provide sub-grants to at least five organizations;
- Five community peer conversations;
- At least five activities that provide support, information and awareness on LGBTQ2 issues, including but not limited to, community education sessions and peer led crisis support.
- Fifty LBGTQ2 individuals receive community support following the federal Apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians.
- LGBTQ2 individuals benefit from the services and supports offered through the project.
- Communities are more aware of LGBTQ2 issues, including how to address the impacts of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
- The development of new and strengthened partnerships between LGBTQ2 and other relevant organizations.