Kyle Scanlon (September 5, 1971 – July 3, 2012) was a well-loved and respected part of Toronto’s trans communities. He was an activist who sought to change the lives of his community for the better. He broke ground by becoming the first trans man to be executive director of a queer organization, Youthline. He worked for Pink Triangle Press and wrote articles in publications like Xtra and fab magazine. He also worked at The 519 for over a decade and was one of the founding members of Trans Access – one of the first education programs of it is kind, focusing specifically on the needs of trans communities.
Kyle was a founding member of Trans PULSE – a team of researchers who were dedicated to demonstrating that research can be done by and for trans communities in positive ways. He was also a member of the AIDS Bureau, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Gay/Bi/Queer/Trans Men’s Working Group, and was a Co-Investigator on studies focusing on the sexual health needs of trans men. He traveled the world to explore life and was an animal lover who cherished the nature of animals. His cats provided him with much joy.
Kyle was known for his generous and kind nature, and smile. The impacts he made on our community continue today, and we still miss him.
The Kyle Scanlon Memorial Fund will be given out annually and is proud to provide funding to community programs and initiatives that focus on bettering the lives of trans communities.
This fund has been set up by The 519 and his family to commemorate all that he did, and everything he stood for.
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.
The 2023-2024 Kyle Scanlon Memorial Fund will award a total of $5,000.00 to either one project or a number of projects based in Ontario or Nunavut that support and/or advocate for the improvement of the quality of life for trans communities.
Over the past few years, as many social disparities have become more apparent, community-led efforts to challenge racism, anti-Black racism and systemic injustices have also risen in both prominence and impact. In support of this important work, The Kyle Scanlon Memorial Fund will prioritize projects and people supporting Black and Indigenous communities across Ontario and Nunavut. The Fund committee will also prioritize projects based in rural communities that respond to community need.
Projects can submit for the full amount or any amount under that.
Goals/Objectives of the Fund
The following fund parameters have been established to guide the use of these funds:
- 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
Application Deadline Extension: November 3, 2023 by 5pm
Submit completed application by email, mail, or deliver in person.
Mail or In Person: The Kyle Scanlon Memorial Fund c/o Rebecca Hooton, The 519, 519 Church St, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9
The application is an editable PDF that can be filled in directly. Right-click and select ‘Download linked file.’
Grant Support Conversation
Are you interested in applying but need more information? Have an idea but not sure how best to explain it? Schedule a chat with one of the Kyle Scanlon Memorial Fund committee members to have an open discussion about your application.
Sign up for a 45-minute spot available between October 10th to 13th, starting at 12pm.
Questions? Contact Rebecca at RHooton@The519.org
You will receive a Zoom link once you sign up for a spot.