Borderland Pride is proud to announce that it has received $12,800 (CAD) in funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The funding was distributed through the Department’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) Program. It will be used to support Pride, diversity, and LGBTQ2 inclusion and community-building initiatives in the Borderland area over the year ahead.
The BCAH Program is designed to help communities celebrate their past and present through the arts, artisans, and performers. The local festivals component of the program provides funding to local groups for recurring community festivals.
Pride is normally celebrated early in the summer. A modified festival was held in 2020, but events were suspended in 2021 due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic and public health restrictions. Organizers are planning a comeback in 2022 that’s bigger and better than ever. 2022 will be the organization’s fourth festival since 2018. The event has grown each year, recently offering up to 20 official events and initiatives over dates spanning several weeks.
Borderland Pride encourages community organizations, service clubs, businesses, and public sector organizations to contact it if they have a Pride event idea or initiative that they would like to be part of this year’s festival. Pride sponsorship and event partnership opportunities are available year-round. Borderland Pride has some financial capacity to support Pride initiatives from the community.
Earlier this summer, Borderland Pride received $2,490.30 from the Moffat Family Fund. Its charitable partner for this year is the Emo-Devlin Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada. It has also received generous financial contributions from private donors and businesses.
“We are delighted by this federal recognition that Pride is growing here, both as a movement and as a landmark annual celebration for our communities. Pride continues to be powered through the participation of our community. We welcome allies, community members, and organizations interested in being part of our programming to reach out to us so we can put these resources to use in the community.”
- Douglas W. Judson (he/him/his), Co-Chair, Borderland Pride