Community Grants

We believe that communities are the experts at identifying their greatest needs.

Trans Care BC meets 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 peer and community support service capacity across the province. One way we do this is by funding opportunities for piloting and evaluating innovative and creative solutions that are locally informed and community driven.

2018/19 Funded Projects for Peer and Community Support

Trans Care BC is pleased to announce the 15 projects that have been successful in their application for peer & community support funding in 2018/19: 
  • Rainbow connections: Fort Nelson Family Development Society, Fort Nelson
  • Peace Area Trans & Two-Spirit Support (PATTS): North Peace Pride Society, Fort Saint John
  • GenderOutlines Transgender Society, Prince George 
  • Monthly Brunch/Dinner for Trans, Non Binary, Gender Queer and Two-Spirit Sex Workers: Peers Victoria Resource Society, Victoria 
  • Two Spirits Gathering: Supporting Indigenous LGBTQ2 Youth and Allies: Victoria Native Friendship Center, Victoria
  • Etcetera Youth Initiative Program: Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs', Kelowna
  • Support and Education for Gender Diversity: Vernon Family Resource Centre, Vernon and South Okanagan
  • Chilliwack Gender Care Support Group: Sto:lo Health Clinic, Chilliwack/Sardis/Hope
  • Remixing Gender Stories: City Centre Community Centre, Richmond
  • Trans Newcomer Online Resource Hub: MOSAIC, Greater Vancouver Area
  • Saige Community Food Bank - Community Kitchens & Winter Solstice Dinner: Metro Vancouver Dream Centre, Metro Vancouver
  • Bra, Binder, and Breast Form Distro Program: Qmunity, Provincial
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:
  • Camp Trans Tipping Point, Vancouver Island
  • A peer group for families and children, Surrey
  • Uncovering Brilliance & Transforming Racism: A Liberation Project, Vancouver
This funding opportunity is for peer and community support providers and community members across BC 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 across the province in 2019.  

All applications were scored by a selection committee, comprised of Trans Care BC staff and representatives from three provincial non-profit organizations, with standardized criteria.  Successful applications were selected based on the geographic and population diversity that the projects served, and by prioritizing peer-led and peer-driven support services.  The selected projects support a wide range of peer populations; from young people and families to those who face intersecting barriers to accessing care and support, in settings from urban through to rural and remote.


This opportunity follows three pilot funding opportunities in 2017/18:

An opportunity for organizations to pilot a Gender Journeys program in their community. Gender Journeys is a free eight-week support group that explores gender identity and expression in a supportive environment. 

The 2017/18 Gender Journey pilot sites were:

Island Health: 
  • Nanaimo Family Life, Nanaimo (Adult) 
  • Alberni Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services, Port Alberni (Youth)
Vancouver Coastal Health: 
  • Three Bridges, Vancouver (Adults) 
  • CWHWC/PACE, Vancouver (DTES adults)
Sites were selected based on the geographic and population diversity that they serve and the strength of their application, which was scored with standardized criteria. Six sites were selected in the 2017/18 pilot opportunity, however two of the 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. 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. 

For more information on the 2017/18 gender journeys funding opportunity, see the Gender Journeys information poster. Another Gender Journeys funding call will be released at a later date.
An opportunity for parent/caregiver peer and community support providers to develop new peer support projects or help support services that already exist. 

The 2017/18 funded projects were:  
  • 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, these projects were led by local community members, and funded in partnership with PeerNetBC:
  • 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
An opportunity 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. 

The 2017/18 funded projects were:  
  • 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, these projects were led by local community members, and funded in partnership with PeerNetBC:
  • 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
 
For more information about work underway, please feel free to contact us.


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