Supporting Black Canadian Communities

Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) is a Federal government program created to build the capacity of Black-led grassroots and non-profit organizations that serve Black communities in Canada.

Learn more about the history of the SBCCI, where we are today, and the geographical spread of organizations awarded.


How we can help

Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI), a federally funded program over 4 years, was created by the Federal government through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) with a goal to increase the capacity of Black-led communities and non-profit organizations that are dedicated to Black Canadian communities. The Black Business Initiative (BBI) is one of four intermediary organizations to deliver this program. SBCCI uses the intermediary delivery model to ensure that funding is made available to the black community fairly and transparently.


Eligibility

SBCCI is for Black-led and Black-serving grass-roots and nonprofit organizations across Canada. You are eligible for this grant if you meet these requirements:

  • A legal entity in Canada and Canadian communities.
  • You are registered as a non-profit organization or a charitable organization.
  • You are a Black-led organization with a mandate to serve Black Canadian communities. There are some criteria that these Black-led organizations should meet that are:
    • The leadership positions (Directors, Founders) are primarily occupied by people who self-identify as Black (minimum ⅔).
    • The governance structure is primarily composed of people who self-identify as Black (minimum ⅔)
    • This initiative is strictly for Black-led organizations with a mandate to support Black communities.
  • You require between $10,000-$45,000 for your capacity-building project.
  • You desire to fund any of the eligible activities and expenses.

Eligible Activities and Expenses

  • Travel costs
  • Data collection
  • Fees for professional services (excluding wages and salaries).
  • 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

Want to find out more? Download our program guidelines:

Please note: All applicants must satisfy all the requirements if they want to have access to this initiative. Any applicant that does not meet these criteria would have their application rejected.


Information Sessions

We will be holding information sessions about this fund, including information on the application process, required information, and documents. Should you choose to apply during the next call for proposals, we strongly encourage you to attend an information session as this may be beneficial to you. Please click below to learn about our upcoming info sessions.

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Hire a Consultant

Whether you need assistance with strategic planning, fund development, marketing communications or board training, you can find the help you need using our Consultant Directory.

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Contact

For more information please email us at info@bbi.ns.ca.

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