Grants & Awards


Rainbow Grants provide funding to foster new and innovative services and programs that have a positive impact on the LGBTTIQQ2S community in the GTA, in the areas of:

  • health and social sciences
  • arts and culture
  • research, education and advocacy

Foundation Rainbow Grants are available for up to $7,500 and are open to registered charities or groups trusteed by a registered charity.

General Rainbow Grants are available for up to $1,500 and are open to groups or individuals without charitable status.

Community One strongly encourages applications for programming, projects, and initiatives that prioritize and centre the work of Two-Spirit, Indigenous Trans, Non-binary, practitioners, facilitators, artists & communities. 

The James Stewart Rainbow Grant was created thanks to the generous bequest from James Stewart, the Toronto mathematician and musician who passed away in December 2014. As one of the Toronto-based LGBTQ+ charities to receive philanthropic support from Mr. Stewart’s estate, Community One is honoured to offer this annual grant in his name.

This grant is available to a registered charity for up to $10,000. The James Stewart Rainbow Grant focuses on one or more of the following key areas:

  • seed new and innovative projects to combat discrimination on the basis of sexual/gender identity and create an atmosphere of respect and acceptance
  • support needed but underfunded services to LGBT individuals and families
  • provide programming specifically aimed at supporting newcomers to Canada who have identified themselves with the LGBT community

How to Apply

The 2021 Rainbow Grants Application window is now open.

STEP 1:  Review the 2021 Rainbow Grants Application Guide for eligibility, grant details and instructions for submitting your application(s).

STEP 2: Register at the 2021 Rainbow Grants Application Portal.  This portal will be where you provide all application details – progress can be saved in ‘draft’ as you work through your application until you are ready to submit.  You will be required to use one distinct email for each application submitted (if requesting multiple grants for different initiatives).   Additional documents like reference letters, budget details and project samples can be uploaded as part of this process in the portal.

STEP 3: Contact Community One Foundation Rainbow Grants Committee with any questions at (please allow up to 24hrs for responses).

STEP 4: Submit your completed application by Friday, April 9 at 5pm EST in the portal.   Note:  it is crucial you ‘submit’ for this final step vs. leaving your application in ‘draft’ status.  Any incomplete/late applications will not be considered for 2021 funding.

What Happens Next?

  • All submitted/eligible applications will be reviewed by this years Rainbow Grants Allocations Committee in late April (comprised of community members, past recipients and representatives from partner organizations – in addition to representation and oversight by the Community One Foundation Board of Directors)
  • All applicants will receive notification regarding their grant by mid-May 2021
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a Letter of Agreement to receive funding (this Letter of Agreement will be provided within the notification email in mid-May)

Best of luck!

Past Recipients

Recent Rainbow Grant Recipients



Jonathan R. Steinert and
Fernando Gumercindo Ferreiro

The Steinert & Ferreiro Award – a $10,000 prize that is Canada’s largest single cash award in recognition of LGBTQ+ leadership – was launched in 2005 through a bequest from the estates of Jonathan R. Steinert and Fernando Gumercindo Ferreiro.

The 2021 Steinert & Ferreiro Award nomination period is now OPEN. Accepting nominations for community leaders.

Fernando Gumercindo Ferreiro immigrated to Toronto from Santiago, Chile in 1973 to earn his doctorate in Psychology at the University of Toronto and established his own private practice here.

While on vacation in San Francisco in 1985, he met Jonathan Steinert and the two very quickly fell in love. Jonathan relocated to Toronto and assisted Fernando at his practice.

In 1990, Jonathan was tragically diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and quickly succumbed to his illness. Two years later, Fernando quietly passed away from AIDS in Casey House.

While not persecuted for his homosexuality in Chile, Fernando felt a certain degree of discrimination in Canada and wished that an organization would promote individuals who, through either the arts or sciences, made a significant contribution to the understanding and acceptance of gays and lesbians in the community. Fernando chose the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal (now Community One Foundation) as the organization to carry out his wishes.

Community contribution and leadership are at the heart of the LGBTTIQQ2S community, with leaders often working quietly to achieve growth, understanding and change.

The Steinert & Ferreiro Award celebrates these unsung heroes of our community. An individual will be presented with a commemorative award and a $10,000 cash prize. The recipient must agree to accept the award in-person and be publicly acknowledged for their contribution.


All individuals who have made a significant contribution through the arts and sciences in promoting the understanding and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer and two-spirited communities in the Greater Toronto Area are eligible to be nominated. The arts and sciences may include the humanities (literature, philosophy, etc.), the social sciences (law, psychology, politics, history, social work, community development, etc.), fine arts (music, theatre, film, etc.), and physical sciences (engineering, biology, medicine, etc.). Unsuccessful nominations can be eligible for consideration for the following year’s award by checking the appropriate box at the bottom of the nomination form.

Nominate someone in 4 easy steps

The 2021 Steinert & Ferreiro Award nomination period is now open.

STEP 1: Fully complete the Nomination Form; the Nominee and the Nominators must sign the Nomination Form in the signature boxes provided.

STEP 2: Write a 1,000-2,000 word letter outlining the individual’s accomplishments and significant contributions to the LGBTTIQQ2S community, with three people signing the letter (can be the nominators or others).

STEP 3: Gather letters supporting this application from 2-4 other individuals or organizations that are acquainted with this individual’s work and contributions.

STEP 4: Send the completed nomination submission by email – Attach all relevant documentation within one email and send to with the nominee’s name as the subject line.


Nomination Deadline

The 2021 Steinert & Ferreiro Award nominations are now open

and will close on Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 5pm EST.



Award Announcement and Presentation

The 2021 Steinert & Ferreiro Award will be given out on November 19, 2021 at the Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce’s Black and White Gala.

To qualify for nomination of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award, the nominee must be physically present for the granting event if selected for the award and must sign the nomination form to indicate agreement to attend the event (or agree to pre-record acceptance ahead of the virtual event held in 2021 due to COVID limitations)

For more information, please contact the Community One Foundation at

Steinert & Ferreiro Award Recipients