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TORONTO, ON (May 17, 2016) -­‐ On the evening of Thursday, May 12, 2016, Community One Foundation held a celebratory reception at The 519 (519 Church St., Toronto) to present 13 recipients with their 2016 Rainbow Grants. The Rainbow Grant program, which began in 1980, is one of many foundation initiatives supporting the LGBTTIQQ2S community, funded through donations from individual donors and corporate partners.

For over thirty years, Rainbow Grants have helped nurture the early days of many Greater Toronto LGBTTIQQ2S community initiatives, grassroots projects, established organizations and one-off projects. The Grants are awarded in three different tiers; General (up to $1,000) for projects or people that are not a part of an organization, charity or corporation, Foundation (between $3,000 ‐ $5,000), and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Community Award of $10,000 (donated by RBC).


The recipients of the $38,000 in Rainbow Grants this year are:

  • Newcomer Womens Services of Toronto Kyle Rae Award ‐ a fusion project which will create queer‐positive ESL curricula for newcomers with the intent to train 10 LTGBQI+ newcomer youth to research global Queer history, and collaborate with ESL instructors to develop ESL curricula for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada.
  • Native Women in the Arts, in partnership with Tities Wîcinímintôwak // Bluejays Dancing Together : Living Legacies: Two-Spirit Stories RBC Community Award ‐ a series of art workshops and a final exhibition that  centres the stories of Two‐Spirit communities in Toronto. Each workshop will provide opportunities to develop things like ideas, feelings and stories  that they will be able to share with others if they so choose.
  • Black Lives Matter (Freedom School) ‐ a three-week-long summer program for children aged 4–10. The purpose of this project is to respond to a lack of humanizing, self‐affirming, queer‐positive educational opportunities for black children in the GTA.
  • QUAKE, Tessa Gooden (Original EP) ‐ recording, production and release of an original EP album by local artist, Tessa Gooden.
  • Outsport (Website Redesign) ‐ to develop their Toronto website into a mobile‐focused and youth‐targeted initiative. This will allow for the LGBTTIQQ2S community in the GTA to remain informed of upcoming queer‐friendly sporting events and the community’s various sport leagues.
  • Festival Franco Fierté (Pride Month Events) ‐ a series of events during Toronto Pride month, including Francophone shows, concerts, photo exhibitions, cultural tours of the village and a stage at the Pride Toronto event.
  • Inside Out (LGBTQ Film & Cultural Programming) ‐ to provide LGBTQ film and cultural programming, working in partnership with arts, service and community organizations, seniors/long term care residences, and TDSB schools, to under‐served neighbourhoods with little to no LGBTQ programming. The project provides films, culture, discussions, resources, and community connections to LGBTQ individuals in their own communities.
  • Lemontree Creations (Staging of upcoming play, The Body Politic) ‐ a play documenting Canadian queer history as it re‐imagines the story of the birth, existence and eventual demise of one of Canada’s seminal queer publications, The Body Politic.
  • ACE RADIO (Toronto’s asexual community’s broadcast initiative on Radio Regent) ‐ engaging 20 diverse participants (ages 18+) in producing a monthly (nine‐part) digital broadcast about issues impacting asexual communities. As a result, vulnerable young people will gain transferable broadcast skills like technical equipment training, while practicing communication, teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking through participatory media making.
  • AIDS Committee of Durham (LGBTQ Youth of Colour Program) ‐ a yearlong pilot project with the goal of creating a strong sense of community among LGTBQ+ Youth Of Colour (YOC) along with providing them with HIV prevention education and safer sex practices.
  • SAGA Collectif ‐ for support of outreach initiatives in relation to their project, Black Boys, which is an innovative and multidisciplinary theatrical event that unpacks the lived experience of three Black queer men in pursuit of an emancipated Black imagination. Black Boys will be co‐produced at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in 2016.
  • Asian Community AIDS Services (Multilingual Transgender Resources for Asian Parents and Families) ‐ to decrease challenges Asian families and Transgender youth face when youth come out, this program plans to develop culturally- and linguistically-appropriate educational resources as tools to increase parents’ understanding and acceptance of their child’s gender identity. The resources will be translated to seven Asian languages and distributed in print and online.
  • Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Grandfamily Project) ‐ a documentary project will tell the story of a queer couple searching to adopt an LGBTTIQQ2S elder into their family to be the grandparent of their soon‐to‐be‐born child. As the due date of the pregnancy nears, they must figure out how to access Toronto’s often-isolated queer elders, finding someone who fits into their family and is up for the commitment. In the process they must confront generational differences in the LGBTTIQQ2S community, build trust, face the possibility of disappointment, and reckon with their own family histories.

“We are delighted to present this year’s Rainbow Grants to such a diverse group of communities in the areas of education, health, human rights, arts, culture, research and advocacy,” said Community One Co‐ Chair Terry Greene. “Each year, our allocation committee remains dedicated to awarding recipients in these sectors to create a demonstrable impact on the broader community.”

Past recipients of Rainbow Grants include organizations such as Inside Out, AIDS Committee of Toronto, LGBT Youth Line and the 519 Community Centre.


For more information, photos or interview requests, please contact:

Cory Stewart | Embrace Disruption PR

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About Community One:

Established in 1980, Community One Foundation provides grants to LGBTTIQQ2S community projects in Greater Toronto Area including Durham, Halton, Peel and York Regions, focusing on the areas of arts and culture, health and social services, and research and education. The Foundation also promotes community philanthropy through strategic partnerships such as the Bill 7 Award and the LGBT Giving Network.


Twitter: @C1Foundation


About RBC:

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full‐ and part‐time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 37 other countries. For more information, please visit


RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, we contributed more than $121 million to causes around the world.


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