For Immediate Release 

Foundation for Black Communities Increases Grassroots Recreation Opportunities For Ontario’s Black Youth 

The Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) is pleased to announce 20 additional recipients from the original pool of applicants of the Ontario Youth Wellness Grant, Explore stream.

Funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport of up to $500,000 will support active recreation youth wellness projects or Black-focused, Black-led youth initiatives.

“The investment in 20 projects by the Ontario Government will help us to continue to enhance support to Black-led and Black-focused community organizations as well as learn more about the needs of Black youth through these innovative projects,” said Gladys Ahovi, President & CEO, Foundation for Black Communities.

The Ontario Youth Wellness Grant’s objectives are to:

  • Increase the quantity and improve the quality of wellness programs for Black youth (ages 6-29) in Ontario.
  • Increase the capacity of Ontario’s Black organizations and leaders.
  • Provide opportunities for organizational growth.
  • Support planning and piloting of new ideas that channel sports and recreation to positively impact Ontario’s Black youth.

“The Foundation for Black Communities plays a vital role in supporting safe and inclusive sport and recreation programming for Black children and youth across the province,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “The Ontario government is proud to provide this funding to expand opportunities for Black youth in Ontario to experience all the benefits that stem from participating in sport.”

The full list of recipients can be found here: 


About the Foundation for Black Communities

The Foundation for Black Communities invests in change-making, working alongside the Canadian community, philanthropic, political, and business organizations to ensure that Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused non-profit, charitable, and grassroots organizations have the sustained resources and infrastructure they need to make a meaningful impact.

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