Canadian Blood Services

Microgrant Program

If you are experiencing issues submitting your application through this website or have any questions about the Microgrant Program, please email your responses to the questions or your support request to:

Round One of the Canadian Blood Services Microgrant Program is open and welcomes national 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations to apply! More information can be found below:

About the Microgrant 

The Microgrant Program recognizes that there is a lack of 2SLGBTQIA+ developed evidence-based resources about blood and plasma donation and the recent updates to the donor eligibility criteria that improve inclusion for 2SLGBTQIA+ people. This microgrant aims to support 2SLGBTQIA+ community organizations already engaged within their communities to increase awareness of these donor eligibility criteria.

Microgrant Eligibility Criteria

This microgrant is open to national and regional 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations that will use funds to create new educational content related to Canadian Blood Services donation policy changes, donor eligibility criteria changes, and related topics that are relevant to 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. 

Round one (application period opening in Summer 2024) will provide funds to national or regional eligible organizations to create new educational content related to 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, Canadian Blood Services policy changes, donor eligibility and outstanding issues. Round two (application period opening in Fall 2024) will provide funds to local, community-based Eligible Organizations seeking to raise awareness in their communities about 2SLGBTQIA+ donor eligibility. These grant activities may take diverse shapes–town halls, panel discussions, development, and dissemination of educational materials, and more.

Initiatives that are successfully funded in round one will receive a maximum of $15,000 per application. Initiatives that are successfully funded in round two will receive a maximum of $4,000 per application.

Grantee Reporting

Organizations that are successful in applying for this microgrant must report on the outcome(s) of their events/programs and how funds were used to support their goals. Recipients are asked to submit reports and any corresponding receipts, invoices, and any other documents by January 1, 2025 for round one and April 30, 2025 for round two, using the reporting template provided. Unspent funds are to be returned to Canadian Blood Services alongside the report.

FAQ

This microgrant application closes when funds are depleted, or on August 30, 2024 (for round one) and November 12, 2024 (for round two), whichever occurs first.
This microgrant is open to national and regional organizations that will use funds to create new educational content about blood and plasma donation related to 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, Canadian Blood Services donation policy changes, donor eligibility criteria changes, and related topics. These grant activities may take diverse shapes–town halls, panel discussions, development, and dissemination of educational materials, and more. Funded activities must take place on or before November 30, 2024 for round one and March 30th 2025 for round two.
Expenses incurred to support and pay for activities outlined in the grant applicant’s proposal.
Expenses that are not initially approved as part of the grant application. These expenses can be considered and reviewed by the grant selection panel after the applicant is successfully granted funds.

Initiatives that are successfully funded in round one will receive a maximum of $15,000 per application. Initiatives that are successfully funded in round two will receive a maximum of $4,000 per application.

To ensure equity, multiple applications from the same Eligible Organization will only be accepted if there are no remaining Eligible Organizations with applications that have merit, as determined by the selection committee.

Only initiatives that have yet to be implemented will be funded by this microgrant.

If you are experiencing issues submitting your application through this website or have any questions about the Microgrant Program, please email your responses to the questions or your support request to:

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