Resourcing 2SLGBTQI+ Communities Initiative

The Enchanté Network’s Resourcing 2SLGBTQI+ Communities Initiative shines a light on the funding available to support 2SLGBTQI+ services and organizations. 

Through our network’s research and policy analysis, we advocate for funders to provide “more and better” funding for 2SLGBTQI+ organizations. The concept of “better funding” refers to funding that meets the needs of the communities it is directed towards, such as delivering accessible grants, capacity building funds, and core funding instead of high-barrier restricted funds. Our recommendations for funders are informed by the input from our nearly 200 member organizations in every province and territory across Canada.

To date, our work has secured over $7.5 million in government investment and has shaped the inclusive funding practices of funders across Canada.

We are grateful for the Resourcing Feminist Movements Initative at AWID for inspiring this project.

Driving Transformational Change: A Funder’s Guide to Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Organizations

We partnered with the Social Innovation Lab on Gender and Sexuality at the University of Saskatchewan to author a report outline how funders can better support 2SLGBTQI+ organizations with accessible and inclusion funding practices.

Read the report here

Advocacy for Increased Federal Funding for 2SLGBTQI+ Communities

In April 2021, we launched a campaign calling for increased federal funding for 2SLGBTQI+ communities.

View the campaign here

Laying the foundation for a National 2SLGBTQI+ Endowment Fund
2SLGBTQI+ Canadians deserve the conditions and support they need to thrive. 2SLGBTQI+ organisations provide the essential services necessary to promote, scale, and create these social, political, health, housing, and economic conditions. However, decades of marginalizations and underfunding have resulted in a precarious funding landscape for Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ sector, where the threat of closing their doors is imminent with every new fiscal year.

We are laying the foundation for the establishment of a National 2SLGBTQI+ Endowment Fund. Similar sustainable endowment models have already been adopted and implemented by the Government of Canada through the establishment of the Equality Fund and of the Black-Led Philanthropic Endowment Fund. The National 2SLGBTQI+ Endowment Fund would self-sustain indefinitely through the ethical investment income it generates, thereby resourcing 2SLGBTQI+ communities in perpetuity. The fund would be administered through a national 2SLGBTQI+ foundation built by and for community. The organization or organizations chosen to steward the endowment would be chosen by a Call for Proposals led by the Government of Canada

Studying the Impact of the LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund
In January 2022, we were awarded a CIHR grant to study the impact of the LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund. Over the next year, we will survey the organizations that participated in the fund to highlight the program’s successes and areas for improvement.
2SLGBTQI+ Funding in Quebec

The Enchanté Network partnered with the Conseil Québecois LGBT to publish this brief on the state of 2SLGBTQI+ funding in the province of Quebec.

This project was funded by EGIDES and powered by independent research conducted by IRIS.