87 NPOs to receive SBCCI's capacity-building funding

February 24, 2021

The Government of Canada’s Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) helps increase the capacity of grassroots not-for-profit organizations that serve Black communities in Canada. Funding to these organizations are administered by three intermediaries (Black Business Initiative, Groupe 3737 and Tropicana Community Services) with the aim to increase the organizational capacity of the funded organizations.

On November 23, 2020, the three intermediaries announced the launch of the SBBCI’s call for proposals for capacity-building projects. Halifax’s Black Business Initiative, Montreal-based Groupe 3737 and Toronto’s Tropicana Community Services were commissioned to administer the SBCCI capacity-building fund in Canada. Information sessions for interested organizations were held with all three intermediaries.

The Black Business Initiative, Groupe 3737, and Tropicana Community Services jointly announced today the allocation of funding 2 650 000$ Black-led not-for-profit organizations from coast to coast. As Black History Month comes to a close, the intermediaries’ announced that a total of 87 Black-led not-for-profit recipients, who applied for the call for proposals will receive funding for their capacity-building projects.

In total, 587 organizations from across the country responded to the request for proposals, and over 26 information sessions — 6 by BBI, 7 by Tropicana Community Services and 13 by Groupe 3737 — in their respective regions and areas of expertise.

Each intermediary recruited independent committees to review applications based on the SBCCI criteria.

“In Canada, diversity is our strength. Today’s announcement showcases our strong ties as our government works hand-in-hand with partners from across the country to provide direct support for the community, by the community. We are proud to work with Tropicana Community Services, Black Business Initiative and Groupe 3737 to fund Black-led organizations that provide critical services for the communities they serve. This initiative is the first of its kind and will help pave the way for future opportunities to provide direct support for Black communities from coast to coast to coast. We know there is more work to do, and we are committed to moving forward together." – Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen

“As one of the three first Black Intermediaries, we are very pleased to be part of this historic announcement to support Black-led not-for profit organizations,” says Rustum Southwell, CEO of the Black Business Initiative. “The focus of the program is to build the capacity of Black-led grassroot organizations who are doing meaningful work within the Black communities across Canada. We are now poised to drive engagement and impact within our community. We look forward to supporting additional organizations over the coming years.”

"Groupe 3737 is proud of the Supporting Black Communities in Canada Initiative, as it is tailored to meet the reality of NPOs from the Black Canadian community. We have established a committee and an advisory committee to ensure a fair and transparent selection process and are thrilled to finally announce the recipients. This funding is very special as it is a testament to the vitality of the Black NPO sector, which is now being enhanced. It is an effective response to the needs of the community." says Louis Edgar Jean-François, Executive Director of Groupe 3737.

“It’s fitting that we’re announcing this milestone during Black History Month” says Raymund Guiste, Executive Director, Tropicana Community Services. “The SBCCI is about changing black lives by expanding the capacity of organizations that touch those lives and now, for hundreds of black serving organizations across the country, a great number of amazing projects can move forward. We congratulate those that were selected and hope many will participate in the next call for proposals in the fall of 2021.”

To see the list of successful applicants and learn more about the program, please click here. To learn more about the history of the SBCCI, where we are today, and the geographical spread of organizations awarded funding under the first call for proposals, watch our multimedia presentation here.

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