In Canada, diversity is our strength. That is why the Government of Canada is investing in initiatives that empower Black Canadians and address longstanding and systemic racism issues affecting them in the areas of recognition, justice, and development.
Under the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI), the Government of Canada is strengthening the capacity of Black-led and Black‑serving community-based organizations across the country by bringing decision-making closer to Black communities to better meet their needs and priorities.
Today, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, announced that $21.5 million has been allocated to the Black-led National Funders network in a third round of funding. The National Funders network, which includes Tropicana Community Services, Africa Centre, Black Business Initiative and Groupe 3737, has launched a call for proposals under SBCCI whose application period begins today and remains open until December 15 at 11:59 EST. Selected projects will be announced in the first half of 2024.
Through this call for proposals, registered non-profit organizations that are Black-led and that serve the Black community can apply for up to $105,000 in funding across two streams: Capital Assistance and Capacity Building, to help Black-led organizations to increase their organizational capacity and improve their workplaces and community spaces as needed to better serve Black Canadian communities.
SBCCI strengthens and complements existing measures that work towards greater social inclusion, improve the wellbeing of People of African descent in Canada, and address the unique challenges faced by Black communities in Canada, including discrimination, bias, and anti-Black racism.
Applicants are encouraged to submit online. For details on how to apply through each National Funder, please visit their websites linked below.