We are thrilled to unveil the recipients of our 2021 Capacity Building Micro-Grants Program.
Our network would like to thank all our members for applying. We had many incredible applications from our members, and unfortunately were not able to fund every organization that applied.
Thank you to the Department of Women and Gender Equality for funding this initiative.
2021 Recipients list
Anti-Racism, Indigenization, and Equity Stream:
- Calgary OutLink Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
- Out on the Shelf
- Outloud Foundation for LGBTQ Community Supports and Services
- Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society
- Trans Sask
General Capacity Building Stream:
- Coast Salish Two Spirit Pride Collective
- Edmonton 2 Spirit Society
- GRIS Acadie
- Muslim Pride Toronto
- Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project
- QTBIPOC Sauga
- Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife
- The Hue
- Trans Outaouais
Calgary OutLink Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity – Calgary, Alberta
Outlink will use this grant to offer community engagement sessions and surveys focusing on addressing service gaps faced by 2SLGBTQ+ service users and learn what is needed from different communities. This grant will cover the costs of running an accessible and equitable process.
Out on the Shelf – Guelph, Ontario
Out on the Shelf seeks to increase their capacity to ensure full and equitable access and participation of their board members and volunteers by increasing accessibility for the Deaf community and hard of hearing and education, and workshops, and potentially even future ASL training.
Outloud Foundation for LGBTQ Community Supports and Services – St-Albert, Alberta
As a non-profit catering to the St. Albert area, Outloud will use this grant to provide equitable, accessible, and knowledge building content tailored to serve 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, community members and families. Outloud Foundation will grow their anti-racism tool kit by participating and hosting events in collaboration with an anti-racism facilitator.
Sher Vancouver LGBTQ Friends Society – Vancouver, British Columbia
Through this grant, Sher Vancouver will receive funding to develop a teacher’s discussion guide, provide anti-oppression training, and offer a platform for the parents of LGBTQ+ children. They seek to share the struggles and wins they experienced as part of their journey to accept their LGBTQ+ children and explore the impact family rejection has on the mental health of vulnerable and alienated LGBTQ+ youth. This project will accompany Sher Vancouver’s feature-length social justice film called Emergence, which shines a light on the experience of being South Asian and LGBTQ+.
Trans Sask – Saskatchewan
This grant will allow Trans Sask to receive anti-racism training and to hire a consultant to create an overview of anti-racist policies and reconciliation principles based on other provincial 2SLGBTQ+ organizations.
Coast Salish Two Spirit Pride Collective – British Columbia
With this grant, their goal is to incorporate as a province-wide not-for-profit society. In addition, this grant will fund organizational capacity building activities such as intergenerational engagement sessions), 2S/Indigqueer youth mentorship, knowledge sharing, feasting, gifting, and having an organizational launch.
Edmonton 2 Spirit Society – Edmonton, Alberta
This grant will allow the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society to receive a training in Applied Suicide Interventions Skills and First Aid, in addition to creating new graphic design and promotional materials, and purchasing new tech equipment for their team.
GRIS Acadie – New-Brunswick
This grant will help GRIS Acadie to grow their capacity, so they can make a greater impact through their work offering training and awareness workshops to francophone communities in the Maritimes. These funds will be used to build their capacity by increasing the hours of the project manager at GRIS Acadie, in addition to helping with travel and accommodation costs for volunteers who have to travel across the Maritime Provinces.
Muslim Pride Toronto – Toronto, Ontario
Muslim Pride Toronto is only a year old organization, but they are ready to grow their capacity. Through this grant, Muslim Pride Toronto will create opportunities for queer and trans Muslims in Toronto (and the broader GTA). They will use the grant to cover costs associated with strategic planning,organizational development, and creating a new logo and website.
Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project Society (NSRAP) – Halifax, Nova Scotia
This grant will allow the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project Society to conduct a thorough and informative needs assessment to support. Secondly, they plan to hire an independent strategic planning consultant. Thirdly, they will develop a training package to implement anti-oppressive practice, oversight and accountability, financial management, effective meetings, collaboration and communication.
QTBIPOC Sauga – Peel, Ontario
As a community-oriented QTBIPOC grassroots organization that has been connecting and building a community for five years, this organization will receive capacity building funding for research, training on advocacy, website restructuring, and for a retreat for QTBIPOCsauga community members.
Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife – Yellowknife, North-West Territories
The Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife will use the funds from the grant to cover the cost of strategic planning, board development, and policy development for their board of directors and staff. The strategic planning will include consultation with all 33 communities in the Northwest Territories and will help them decentralize and expand upon their work, while becoming better partners and collaborators with remote and rural Indigenous communities.
The Hue – Edmonton, Alberta
In amiskwaciy-wâskahikan, which is colonially known as Edmonton, there is a legacy of racialized queer and trans folks leaving for cities with more established QTBIPOC+ communities. The Hue hopes to encourage more QTBIPOC+ folks to stay in the community by building more accessible, more inclusive, and safer spaces for their community by increasing their digital visibility and technology capacity.
Trans Outaouais – Outaouais, Quebec
Through the funds provided by this grant, Trans Outaouais will receive anti-oppression training and accessibility training. In addition, this grant will cover other costs associated with making their organization more accessible, such as including LSQ/ASL interpreters for their support groups or adapting their services to their neurodivergent members.