Supporting Black Canadian Communities

About the program

The Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) was created by the Federal government through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to help increase the capacity of Black-led grassroots and not-for-profit organizations that serve Black communities in Canada. With an aim to increase access to funding and to provide funding to increase organizational capacity, the Government of Canada will be releasing 10.4 million dollars in funding over the next four years.

The Black Business Initiative was selected as one of the three intermediary organizations to deliver the program. Using an intermediary delivery model, the initiative aims to provide funding through a fair and transparent process, and otherwise support Black community organizations across Canada to increase their organizational capacity in the areas of:

1. Providing funding through a fair and transparent process, and otherwise support Black community organization across Canada (excluding Quebec) to increase their organizational capacity in the areas of:

  • Increased accessibility to funding from a more diverse range of sources and funding; and
  • Enhanced organizational governance to provide greater organizational stability and improved planning and oversight functions, with specific focus on the following: Leadership and stewardship, Communication and Transparency, and Continuous learning and growth.

2. Support the funded organization and work with partner organizations towards improving the capacity of the Black-led community organizations, thus enhancing the vitality of the sector and building community capacity.

3. Address and be inclusive of diverse Black communities across Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Legal entity in Canada
  • Registered as a non-for-profit or a charitable organization
  • Black-led organization with a mandate to serve Black Canadian communities. Black-led organizations should meet the following criteria:
    • The leadership positions (Directors, Founders) are primarily occupied by people who self-identify as Black (minimum 2/3)
    • The governance structure is primarily composed of people who self-identify as Black (minimum 2/3)
    • The mandate serves Black communities.
  • Requires a minimum grant of $5,000.
  • Requires funding for any of the eligible activities and expenses.

Applicants must meet all requirements to be eligible. Not doing so will result in the application being rejected.

Eligible Activities and Expenses

  • Travel costs
  • Data collection
  • Fees for professional services
  • Printing & communications
  • Performance monitoring & reporting
  • Materials & Supplies
  • Knowledge development activities
  • Rental of premises for the project
  • Other associated administrative costs
  • Disability supports for executing project
  • Small office equipment & tools

Grant Requirements and Deadlines

Funding is available to nonprofit grassroots organizations across Canada that meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in this document.

  • Amount available for funding is $5,000 - $45,000.
  • Application opens November 16, 2020
  • Applications close January 8, 2021. Applications submitted after the deadline cannot be considered unless general extension is provided.
  • Successful applicants will be notified and funds disbursed beginning January 2021.

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