Funding Opportunities for peer and community support services
We believe that communities are experts at identifying their greatest needs. Trans Care BC is currently meeting with communities from across the province to understand current services, identify local needs, and explore opportunities to work together at finding creative solutions to provide supports closer to home.
Trans Care BC's goal is to build capacity of peer and community support services across the province. One way we are doing this is through funding opportunities to pilot and evaluate innovative and creative solutions that are locally-informed and community driven.
Provincial Funding Opportunities
Provincial Peer and Community Support Services
Trans Care BC is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for peer and community support providers and community members in BC to develop new peer support projects or help support services that already exist. This funding (up to $8,000) is just one step toward our long-term goal of building more regional and provincial support for transgender, Two-Spirit, gender diverse, non-binary folks, their families and communities.
Projects will be selected based on the strength of the application to meet the needs identified, and alignment with Trans Care BC priority areas, including geographic and population diversity, and peer-led and peer-driven support services. All applications will be assessed by a selection committee comprised of Trans Care BC staff and 2-3 representatives from provincial organizations with a focus on serving trans and queer communities.
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Applications close at 9:00am, June 11th, 2018.
This funding opportunity follows two pilot peer and community support funding opportunities in 2017/18:
Provincial Parent/Caregiver Peer and Community Support Pilots
This funding opportunity was for parent/caregiver peer and community support providers to develop new peer support projects or help support services that already exist. The following projects were awarded funding in 2017/18:
- Cariboo Proud Parents & Caregivers: Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre, South Cariboo (100 mile House and Cariboo-Chilcotin)
- PFLAG Canada Nanaimo: PFLAG Canada Nanaimo, Nanaimo & Central Vancouver Island
- South Island Families of TGNC2S Children and Youth Support Circle: Parent Support Services Society of BC, South Vancouver Island
- Transgender Support Resources: Stó:lō Service Agency, Chilliwack
Additionally, in partnership with PeerNetBC, three projects have been funded that are led by local community members offering peer and community support services in their communities. These projects are:
- North Island Parents & Caregivers of Trans, Gender Variant, Two-Spirit Children and Youth: Campbell River, Courtenay & surrounding North Vancouver Island communities
- TransParent Peer Support Okanagan: Kelowna & surrounding communities
- Nanaimo Parent Support Group: Nanaimo & surrounding communities
Vancouver Island Region Peer and Community Support Pilots
This funding opportunity was for peer and community support providers and community members in the Island Health region to develop new peer support projects or enhance services that already exist. Ten projects in total were awarded funding in 2017/18:
- Gender Variant Group: AIDS Vancouver Island, South Island
- LGBT2Q+ Peer Youth Group: John Howard Society North Island, Comox Valley
- Queer Peers: AIDS Vancouver Island, South Island
- Trans Youth Peer Support Group: Salt Spring Island Community Services, Southern Gulf Islands
Additionally, in partnership with PeerNetBC, six of these funded projects are led by local community members offering peer and community support services in their communities. These projects are:
- Comox Valley Transgender: Comox Valley
- Gender Spectacular: South Island
- GenQ Conference, Central Island/Nanaimo
- Q2TIPOC Dinners: South Island
- Trans Vancouver Island Website: Island-wide (Regional)
- Big Sibs Little Sibs: Tributary, South Island
In 2017, Trans Care launched a new support group model called Gender Journeys. Gender Journeys is a free eight-week support group that explores gender identity and expression in a supportive environment. The Gender Journeys model has been very effective in Ontario and is a partnership between community members, non-profit agencies, and other programs.
The 2017 Gender Journey Pilot Sites were:
- Island Health: Nanaimo Family Life, Nanaimo (Adult) and Alberni Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services, Port Alberni (Youth)
- Vancouver Coastal Health: Three Bridges, Vancouver (Adults) and CWHWC/PACE, Vancouver (DTES adults)
Six sites were chosen from a call for applications in the Spring of 2017. Groups were selected based on the geographic and population diversity that sites will serve and the strength of their application, which was scored with standardized criteria. Two of the originally selected sites, Ann Davis Transition Society in Chilliwack and South Okanagan Women in Need Society in Penticton, were unfortunately unable to meet some of the key requirements to run the Gender Journeys program at this time, however we continue to collaborate with both groups and hope to support them and their local communities through a Gender Journeys program or other peer support services in the future.
Another Gender Journeys funding call will be released at a later date.
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