Supporting Black Canadian Communities

UPDATE

February 25, 2021

The first call for proposals for the SBCCI’s capacity-building projects has concluded. To see the list of the successful applications, please click here..

If you submitted an application but were not selected under the first call for proposals for SBCCI's capacity-building projects, we strongly encourage you to reapply during the next call for proposals that will launch in Fall 2021, and review the answers to some of the frequently asked questions below.

Answers to FAQs

What is the status of my application?

All applicants were informed of the final decision on their application in February 2021. Please check your email, including spam or junk mail folders, or log into SMApply for information on the final decision on your application.

How were applications assessed?

Applications were assessed by an Independent Committee of Grant Reviewers from the Western Region, Atlantic Region, and Ontario. Grant reviewers used a matrix informed by the assessment criteria to score all eligible applications, and focused on organizational mandate, social impact, organizational capacity, innovation, sustainability, and budget. Project scope was also taken into consideration. Applications were shortlisted based on these scores.

Why was my application unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications that we received, we are unable to speak about individual applications. However, some of the comments we heard back from our grant reviewers about applications that were not shortlisted include lack of clarity around the proposed project, ineligible expenses, projects not being aligned with this specific fund (e.g., capital-related as opposed to capacity building). We also received a large number of applications and, with a limited amount of money to distribute, the grant reviewers selected applications that most closely matched the priorities of the fund to the extent of available funding.

I would like my application to be reassessed.

Reassessments and resubmissions are not permitted. The next call for proposals will be in the fall of 2021, and we strongly encourage you to reapply at that time. Please monitor our website for more information on this next call for proposals.

I would like more detailed information regarding the assessment of my application.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications that we received, we are unable to speak about individual applications. However, we encourage all unsuccessful applicants to go through all SBCCI-related resources available on our website to ensure that they adhere strictly to the guidelines provided so that they can improve their chances of being a successful applicant in the next call for proposals in the fall of 2021.

Where can I access support with grant writing?

The next call for proposals will be in the fall of 2021. Prior to its launch, we will be holding some information sessions on this fund, and will also include information on the application process, required information and documents. This may be beneficial to you should you choose to apply during the next call for proposals, which we strongly encourage you to do. Please monitor our website for more information on the next call for proposals, and information sessions associated with it.

Will I have another opportunity to apply for similar funding under the SBCCI?

Yes, you will. The next call for proposals will be in the fall of 2021, and we strongly encourage you to reapply at that time. Please monitor our website for more information on this next call for proposals.

See also:

  • Press release on the announcement of organizations that have been awarded funding
  • Presentation on the history of the SBCCI, where we are today, and the geographical spread of organizations awarded

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.

Please note that the first call for proposals has concluded, all applicants will be contacted on the final status of their applications in February 2021. Funding to successful applicants will be disbursed on or before March 31, 2021. Please keep checking the website for updates on the next call for proposals, scheduled to launch in Fall 2021.

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