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.

Capacity-Building Grant: Successful Applicants

The Black Business Initiative, Groupe 3737, Tropicana Community Services & Africa Centre have announced additional support for 161 Black-led organizations through the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI).

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BBI is proud to announce the successful applicants of the first and second calls for proposals for the SBCCI Capacity-Building Grant.

To view the successful applicants from the first call for proposals, click here.

To view the successful applicants from the second call for proposals, click here.

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.


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

Applications are no longer being accepted.

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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