Toronto, ON – In May, The ArQuives was awarded an $86,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to help it recover from the impacts of COVID-19, build capacity in serving LGBTQ2+ communities, and a plan for sustainable economic growth.
“COVID-19 is not the first pandemic that many of my constituents have survived, or that the ArQuives has documented. Investing in 2SLGBTQ+ history means investing in the stories, healing, and future courage that 2SLGBTQ+ communities will be able to imagine,” said Suze Morrison, MPP. “While the pandemic has left so many feeling isolated, the stories the ArQuives will continue to capture thanks to this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will help 2SLGBTQ+ Ontarians remember how connected they are.”
The project, to be completed by spring 2022, will invest in personnel, professional services and technology upgrades as part of its pandemic recovery plan.
“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Sam Cronk, Interim Executive Director of The ArQuives. “After a significant loss in our ongoing activities from the global pandemic, this grant will help boost our capacity to meet the pent-up demand to serve our LGBTQ2+ communities and put us back on a path toward growth.”
The ArQuives is committed to the collection and preservation of LGBTQ2+ history, and ensuring that its materials remain accessible to the public. To find out more information about The ArQuives, please visit arquives.ca.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Please visit: otf.ca