What is the Community Fund?

The Community Fund is a mini-grant program for Niagara’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. The Fund is meant to help local organizations, groups and individuals by subsidizing their activities in an effort to help keep our community diverse, supportive, vibrant, active, vocal and fun. In addition to financial support, OUTniagara is always open to collaboration to assist you in your activities.

Why is the Community Fund important?

The Community Fund will play a large role in the sustainability of Niagara’s diverse 2SLGBTQI+ community. The vast majority of local community groups are sustained through out of pocket contributions by the organizer and/or participants. This kind of effort is difficult to sustain and we want to see our community thrive. As an umbrella organization of Niagara’s sexual and gender diverse community and organizations we strongly believe we have an important role to play in supporting our community.

How does it work?

The OUTniagara Board of Directors will review applications as they come in and get in touch with you for further details or to inform you if your request has been approved or not. Once approved, the funding is dispersed. OUTniagara reserves the right to request a report on the funded activity including receipts.

Who can you apply?

Members of Niagara’s 2SLGBTQ+ community including, organizations, groups and individuals that support the mission and mandate of OUTniagara. While you are not required to be a member of OUTniagara, we encourage you to join us.

How can you apply?

To apply, please fill out the online application form on our website. The application form allows you to make a financial request as well as a partnership request. For questions, please reach out to us at info@outniagara.ca with the subject line: “Community Fund”.

How can you support the Community Fund?

Make a financial donation! 100% of your donation goes directly into the Community Fund and right back out to local organizations, groups and individuals. How? We are 100% volunteer-driven. Fill out the form below to make a donation either online or by cheque.

In addition, please consider joining OUTniagara’s membership. Add your voice to our growing 2SLGBTQ+ family and community including our allies. Membership fees help to sustain the Community Fund with 50% of the fee going directly into the Fund while the remaining 50% helps to maintain this community website as well as minimal operational costs. Apply here!