2022 Launch: Support Grant for Community-Led Projects on LGBTQIA/2S Wellness through an Intersectional Lens
Table of contents
- Important Dates
- Funds Available
- Eligibility Requirements
- Review Process and Evaluation
- How to Apply
- Contact Information
Information sessions on how to apply:
The information sessions will be bilingual (English and French) and will contain the same information.
Application deadline: August 30, 2022
Notice of decision: November/December 2022
Funding start date: December 1, 2022
We know that LGBTQIA/2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and Two Spirit) communities experience worse health outcomes across the life course as compared to heterosexual and/or cisgender Canadians. LGBTQIA/2S communities' lived and living experiences suggest that these disparities and their potential solutions likely relate to intersecting forms of discrimination and oppression, including but not limited to racism, xenophobia, homophobia, heterosexism, and/or transphobia from both within and outside of LGBTQIA/2S communities. Who better to address these issues than the communities themselves?
Intersectionality ꟷ a framework that is rooted in the grassroots community organizing of Black LGBTQIA/2S women - [PDF (293 KB) - external link] and has been put into practice by Indigenous communities since time immemorial ꟷ allows for the investigation of the multidimensional aspects of identity and experience, inclusive of historical, structural, and cultural context and processes of power, privilege, oppression, and discrimination.
This funding program is an opportunity for Community Organizations with no prior research experienceFootnote 1 to evaluate the reach, effectiveness and benefits of their community-based interventions to improve health and wellness for LGBTQIA/2S communities. Funds may also be used to inform the implementation and/or sustainability and scale-up of new or existing community-based interventions to improve health and wellness for LGBTQIA/2S communities. Projects that explore barriers to and opportunities for positive physical, social and mental health outcomes for LGBTQIA/2S individuals, families and communities are also permitted, using interview techniques and by facilitating collaboration with communities.
Note: If your organization already has research experience or holds research funds, you are not eligible for this Support Grant, with the exception of organizations that are current recipients of a CIHR-IGH Support Grant for Community-Led Projects on LGBTQIA/2S Wellness through an Intersectional Lens (2021 Launch).
The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $100,000, enough to fund at least 10 grants valued at up to $10,000 each. The duration of all grants is one year.
The $100,000 available for funding will be allocated to two streams:
- Stream 1: $80,000 is reserved for organizations who have not previously received a CIHR-IGH Support Grant for Community-Led Projects on LGBTQIA/2S Wellness through an Intersectional Lens (2021 Launch).
- Stream 2: $20,000 is reserved for organizations that are current recipients of a CIHR-IGH Support Grant for Community-Led Projects on LGBTQIA/2S Wellness through an Intersectional Lens (2021 Launch).
In the case that one of the above streams is undersubscribed or lacks fundable applications, funds will be transferred to the other stream.
CIHR-IGH financial contribution for this initiative is subject to the availability of funds. Should CIHR-IGH funding level be unavailable or decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR-IGH reserves the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.
The specific objective of this funding opportunity is to generate and share knowledge from an intersectional perspectiveFootnote 2 that will ultimately achieve one or more of the following:
- Evaluate the reach, effectiveness and benefits of community-based interventions to improve health and wellness for LGBTQIA/2S communities.
- Inform the implementation and/or sustainability and scale-up of new or existing community-based interventions to improve health and wellness for LGBTQIA/2S communities.
- Improve understanding of barriers to and opportunities for positive physical, social and mental health outcomes for LGBTQIA/2S individuals, families and communities.
For an application to be eligible:
- The Principal ApplicantFootnote 3 must be an incorporated or unincorporated Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organization (including registered public schools and Indigenous Community Organizations).
- Organizations should work primarily or entirely with LGBTQIA/2S communities as stated in their mandate, visions or efforts. Organizations working primarily with racialized and/or Indigenous LGBTQIA/2S communities or demonstrating evidence of having prior meaningful and culturally safe involvement with these communities are especially encouraged to apply.
- The Principal Applicant (organization) should not have prior research experienceFootnote 1 nor currently hold research funds. The only exception is if your organization is a current recipient of a CIHR-IGH Support Grant for Community-Led Projects on LGBTQIA/2S Wellness through an Intersectional Lens (2021 Launch) – in this instance, your organization is eligible to re-apply.
- The inclusion of co-applicants (including other Community Organizations, knowledge users, independent researchers, or research students or trainees) is optional but encouraged.
- An organization cannot submit more than one application to this funding opportunity as a Principal Applicant but may participate in another application and be listed as a co-applicant.
General CIHR Policies
Before submitting an application to this funding opportunity, Community Organizations should review the relevant policies and guidelines on the CIHR Funding Policies page to ensure understanding of their responsibilities and expectations.
Applicants should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Guide on Financial Administration for requirements regarding the appropriate use of grant funds.
In addition, the following expenses will be considered eligible for funding received through this funding opportunity:
- The Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS 2 - Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada) recognizes the importance of respecting the culture and traditions of Indigenous Peoples and acknowledges the necessity to incur expenditures in that regard in the conduct of research. As such, the Agency considers these expenditures eligible for payment from the grant holder's grant funds (with appropriate backup documentation);
- Costs related to community mobilization and engagement, including culturally relevant promotional items such as tobacco, cloth, feasting, and gift giving for honoring ceremonies, and cash reimbursements (in a method acceptable to the individual or community being reimbursed) to compensate community participation; and
- Contracts and/or consultant fees for knowledge translation and communication activities for Indigenous Elders, community members, and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers involved in activities related to the Indigenous community.
The following expenses are not eligible for support through this funding opportunity:
- Expenditures that are capital in nature (e.g., building construction, renovations, improvements); those related to overhead (e.g., rent, electricity); or those related to the general operations and administration of the host organization.
Conditions of Funding
- The applicants must consent to the use and disclosure of the full application at the time of application, for purposes of reviewing the relevance of the application and/or funding decisions by CIHR-IGH.
- The Principal Applicant (organization) will be required to submit an electronic Final Report to CIHR-IGH. A fillable PDF version of the report will be made available to the Principal Applicant at the beginning of the grant funding period and can be filled in as the project progresses.
- Successful applicants may be profiled in CIHR-IGH communications (e.g., newsletters, social media).
Review Process and Evaluation
Relevance Review Process
CIHR-IGH will perform a relevance review on the summary of the research proposal to identify applications that are meeting the eligibility requirements and are in alignment with the objectives of this funding opportunity.
Applications that are not deemed to be relevant to this funding opportunity will be withdrawn from the competition.
Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to the following criteria:
Approach and Feasibility (50%)
- Clarity of the application and alignment of the proposed activities with the objectives of the funding opportunity.
- Originality and quality of the idea.
- Clarity and soundness of the methods for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting the data or other project outcomes.
- Extent to which activities are engaged with and grounded in the experiences of LGBTQIA/2S individuals, families, and communities through an intersectional lens.
- Ability to bring together appropriate team members (if applicable) and build upon new or existing partnerships with communities.
- Appropriate budget and justification for the amount requested.
Impact of the research (30%)
- Utility, value, and significance of the research for the involved community.
- Expected application of the knowledge generated through the proposed project.
- For projects which evaluate or inform the implementation and/or sustainability or scale-up of new or existing community-based interventions: How the outcomes may inform future programs or other projects.
- Alignment of the organization's mandate with the Objectives of the funding opportunity.
- Extent to which the applicant and their team (if applicable) demonstrate:
- 2.1. The experience and capacity required to conduct the proposed activities.
- 2.2. The necessary knowledge, expertise, and ability to conduct activities that are meaningful and culturally safe for racialized, Indigenous, and otherwise marginalized LGBTQIA/2S communities.
Applications relevant to each stream that fall within the fundable range (above 3.5 out of 4.9) will be funded top down in order of percent rank within their pool. If a stream is undersubscribed or lacks fundable applications, the remaining unfunded applications that are deemed fundable will be pooled together and funded in rank order as far as funds will allow. Applications that receive a rating below 3.5 will not be eligible for funding.
Decisions will be communicated in November/December 2022.
The names of successfully funded organizations will be published on the CIHR-IGH website.
How to Apply
The application process for this funding opportunity has only one step: application submission. You do not need to use ResearchNet to apply to this competition.
- Complete and sign:
- Compile all documents into a single PDF and save in the following format: OrganizationName_Application_DDMMYYYY.pdf
- Email the full application to IGH-ISFH@cihr-irsc.gc.ca by August 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT with the subject line "Support Grant Application LGBTQIA/2S Wellness". Applications submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.
Inquiries about whether Community Organizations are eligible, whether applications are relevant and/or any other related questions should be sent to CIHR-IGH prior to submitting the application.
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