Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development launched the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund Call for Proposals.

Up to $18 million will be available to support LGBTQ2S organizations across the country whose initiatives contribute to a strong LGBTQ2 movement in Canada to advance equality for all people. This is the first open call of its kind in Canadian history and recognizes the incredible work these organizations do every day.

This announcement builds on the work the Government of Canada has undertaken to address the unique needs and persisting disparities faced by LGBTQ2 communities. This includes legislative measures such as the introduction of federal legislation to prevent discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression and putting in place a process to permanently destroy the criminal records of those unjustly convicted for engaging in consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners.  

Organizations can find more information and submit an application to the Call for Proposals by visiting women.gc.ca. The call opens on March 5 and the deadline to submit is April 30, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. (noon) Pacific Standard Time.