2024 Beneficiary Application Form

  • What Is Swirl and Twirl?
    • a social fundraising evening for local queer non-profit charities featuring:
      •  wine-, beer- and food-tasting
      • entertainment
      • a silent auction, and more
    • a long-standing and respected event, typically held in late May, since 2003, from 7—10pm
    • an age-of-majority event
    • Swirl and Twirl typically raises at least $2,000—8,000 per beneficiary per event (2019 total: $23K)
    • Swirl and Twirl has, to date, raised over $145,000 for local LGBT-supporting charities since 2003

  • Mission Statement

    Swirl and Twirl seeks to raise awareness and funds for a diverse selection of queer not-for-profit organizations (including registered charities) representing a wide range of needs and interests of the local community. This goal is primarily achieved by bringing together community members at a large socializing and networking event.

  • Eligibility of Beneficiaries

    Potential beneficiaries must submit a Beneficiary Application Form (see link below) within the prescribed deadlines in advance of each Swirl and Twirl event to be considered for funding.

    The Swirl and Twirl organizing committee will select up to three beneficiaries per event based on the following criteria:

    • Does the beneficiary fit within the guiding principles of our mission statement?
    • The strength of the completed application form.
    • Can the beneficiary provide at least five volunteers who can work one/two hours during the event?
    • Can the beneficiary sell at least 40 tickets for the event? (REQUIRED or will receive $0).
    • Can the beneficiary provide at least three items worth $100+ each for our silent auction
    • Does the beneficiary promise to promote the event through all their marketing avenues?
    • If chosen in the previous year, beneficiaries must wait a year to apply again.

  • Distribution of Funds

    The percentage of funds allocated to each beneficiary from the event’s proceeds are formulated by the S&T committee based on the number of tickets sold compared to the other beneficiaries’ results, the total value of silent auction prizes donated and other factors as deemed applicable by the committee.

  • Important Dates and Deadlines

    • Application deadline: Thu, Feb 29, 2024
    • Selection of beneficiaries and notification given by: Mon, Mar 11, 2024
    • Logo/link on each beneficiary’s Web site required from: Mar 18 to Dec 31, 2024
    • Silent auction items to be given by: Fri, May 10, 2024.
              Certificates valid until at least Dec 31, 2024
    • Swirl and Twirl to be held: Thu, May 16, 2024

Download/Print the Application Form