These projects are:
- Big Sibs Little Sibs: Quadra Village Community Centre & Tributary, South Island
- 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, five projects have been funded that 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)
This funding opportunity is 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. This funding (up to $8,000) is just one step toward our long-term goals of building more regional and provincial support for transgender, Two-Spirit, gender diverse people, and their families and communities.
These projects will be evaluated and if this funding process is successful, Trans Care BC will offer other funding opportunities for peer and community support services in 2018 across the province.
Applications were chosen based on the geographic and population diversity that the project would serve, and the prioritization of peer-led and peer-driven support services being the focus of the application. All applications were scored by a selection committee, comprised of Trans Care BC staff and representatives from two provincial non-profit organizations, with standardized criteria. Four of these projects are youth focused; three are adult focused; and three are intergenerational. The projects range in settings from urban, suburban to rural.
This is one of three recent funding calls from Trans Care BC. A provincial parent/caregiver peer support grant is being announced in the following week, and six pilot sites were recently announced in July 2017 for a provincial Gender Journeys program, commencing in early fall 2017.