What is the Kyle Scanlon Memorial Fund?

The Kyle Scanlon Memorial Fund was established to memorialize the sudden passing of Kyle Scanlon, a long-time staff member of The 519, who worked closely with trans communities to support and advance trans inclusion. 

This fund was launched by The 519 in 2019 and will award up to $5,000 to successful applicants. 

What are the goals of the fund?

  • Commemorate Kyle and his contribution to trans communities and The 519
  • Address issues that impact trans communities, including promoting advocacy initiatives
  • Fund specific programs and/or time-limited projects that support the improvement of the quality of life for trans communities

What types of projects will be considered?

Ideas for projects and initiatives:

  • Trans focused events (film festivals, movie nights, swim nights, clothing swaps)
  • Enhancing existing community-based programs (ensuring programs can offer food, bringing in special guest speakers)
  • Art projects (creating community zines, community art projects)

Examples of things we cannot fund: 

  • Fundraisers
  • Individual’s salaries to run programming
  • Personal expenses (such as costs related to transitioning)

Who can apply for the fund?

Anyone who works with trans, two-spirit, and/or non-binary communities is welcome to apply. Projects and initiatives which are lead by trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary people will be given special consideration.

Do I need to live in Toronto?

The fund is open to individuals and groups living in Ontario and Nunavut. The fund will give special consideration to rural communities and communities with less access to funds. 

Do I need to be part of an organization?

Projects should be connected to an established organization, though if you are a community member and have a great idea, just send us an e-mail or arrange an appointment with Jacq Hixson-Vulpe, and we can do our best to sort something out.

How do I apply for the fund?

Please find the form here. When applying make sure you have considered the following: 

  • Budget
  • Timeline
  • Goals and objectives of the project

What if I haven’t submitted an application like this before?

That’s totally fine! If you are unsure of what the application process looks like or would like support in writing an application, you are welcome to join us on one of two dates for a grant writing workshop. 

  • Monday, September 30, 2019, 5-6pm at The 519
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5-6pm at The 519 

You must be registered in order to attend. Please send all inquires and register by contacting Jacq Hixson-Vulpe.

How do you decide which applications are successful?

The 519 has created a fund committee consisting of two staff members, a family member of Kyle’s, and a community member. Every year the fund committee creates an outline which pinpoints the key things we will be looking for. Some things to consider are:

  • Does the project or initiative support members of trans communities?
  • How does the project or initiative include members of other marginalized communities?
  • Who is the project or initiative available to?
  • Are the timeline and budget realistic?

Kyle Scanlon Fund Application Form

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