Over $9 million will support more than 80 projects that are working to advocate for Black communities and fight anti-Black racism in Canada this year, with more than half of the funding coming from the country’s Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund.

On Tuesday, The Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) along with Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities Kamal Khera and Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced the results of the first call for proposals for the Fund

A total of $9.1 million, including $5.88 from the Fund, will support 84 projects to improve social and economic outcomes for Black communities across the country, according to a news release.  

The government says another 23 projects are being finalized, which may bring the total up to 107. 

“Through the Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund, we have created a sustainable source of funding for Black-led not-for-profit organizations, ensuring that they have the means to address their priorities,” Khera said in a statement. 

The first call for proposals is called the Black Ideas Grant: Bridge and Build 2023, which launched on Dec. 18 2023 and closed on Feb. 1 earlier this year. 

Grant recipients include The Blackhurst Cultural Centre, the Jamaican Canadian Association and Nia Centre for the arts, among others. All the grant recipients can be found here.

The Liberal government established the Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund to create “a sustainable source of funding” for Black-led, Black-focused and Black-serving non-profit organizations in the country. 

“Through the Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund, we will ensure Black-led organizations in Canada have the resources to tackle historical and systemic challenges faced by the community. This initiative is about empowering and uplifting Black communities to shape their future and continue their vital contributions to Canada,” Ien added in a statement. 

In 2018, Canada endorsed the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, which runs from 2015 to 2024, and earlier this year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended the endorsement until 2028.

In recognition of this, the government’s 2021 budget committed up to $200 million to establish the Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund. 

In February 2023, the FFBC was selected to be responsible for managing the assets in the Fund to “create a long-term self-sustaining source of funding for Black community organizations.” 

For the next decade, the FFBC will launch at least one call for proposal inviting Black-led and Black-serving charities to apply for funding.

Source credit: NOW Toronto (Print/Digital)