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FUNDING PROGRAM DETAILS

Grants for Education and Health focused Initiatives

Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) aims to help dismantle the impacts of systemic anti-Black racism by allocating resources to community organizations which undertake initiatives that impact the quality of life in Canada’s Black communities.

TD Bank

In 2022, we are launching our first granting cycle through a generous funding commitment from TD Bank.

The focus areas for the 2022 BOF Grants Program will be Black-led, Black-serving and Black focused not-for-profits and charities leading impactful initiatives in the areas of Education and Health, which are two of BOF’s key priority areas.

DETAILS

Connection to grant objectives/criteria

At this time, BOF is providing grants in support of two (2) program streams – Education, and Health. The stream selected should reflect the primary focus of the proposed project activities.

Below are some examples of priority focus issues in the areas of education and health:

Education:
  • Digital access/communication cross Canada connecting Black educators, parents and kids who can interact
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship programs
  • Educational resources
  • Culturally focused programming
Health:
  • Implicit bias training
  • Accountability for health inequities faced by Black Canadians
  • Social isolation/mental health
  • Black Transgender experience in healthcare
  • Artificial intelligence to advance equity
  • Research in Black healthcare
  • Mobile/virtual social work
Eligibility Criteria
  • Must be a *Black-led and **Black-serving organization;
  • Must be a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization or charity;
  • Must have an existing project in the areas of education or health, which meets the granting program criteria, or a proposed project for which initial funding has already been secured;
  • Must have an online web presence (i.e. website, social media, etc.);
  • Must be able to show up-to-date financial statements;
  • Must be able to provide a project budget for the initiative for which funding is being sought;
  • Organization cannot have any outstanding tax debt – or should have an up-to-date payment plan (demonstrating at least two (2) months of on time payment of outstanding tax debt);
  • Organization cannot have declared bankruptcy

Grant deadline: March 31, 2022 11:59 EST

  • Grant amount: Applicants can request minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $25,000.
  • Grant disbursements: Organizations can apply for single or multi-year funding. (ex. $5,000 can be distributed in one payment or $2,500 over 2 years)

*Black-led:
At least two thirds of the leadership (e.g. board of directors, executive, management team) must self-identify as Black

**Black-serving:
Significant portion of program activities prioritize serving Black communities of Canada

Black Opportunity Fund recognizes and is committed to reducing the power imbalances inherent to funder/fundee relationships and to using an anti-oppression and intersectional lens. We use trust-based participatory decision-making processes so the communities who are most impacted by our work have a say in how we carry out our mandate.

Please follow the link below to apply.

Please direct your questions to: grants@blackopportunityfund.org

Follow this link to view the list of our program recipients!

ABOUT

About Black Opportunity Fund

Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) is a community-led registered Canadian Charitable organization, whose mandate is to dismantle anti-Black racism by establishing a sustainable pool of capital to fund Black led businesses and Black led not for profits and charities, in order to improve the social and economic well-being of Canada’s Black communities.

The fund will catalyze the cultural, socio-economic, institutional, and political change required to enable Canada’s diverse Black communities to thrive. Black Opportunity Fund will prioritize initiatives around education, health, women, criminal justice, entrepreneurship, arts & culture, and youth that impact the quality of life in Black communities across Canada.

    Black Opportunity Fund fulfills its mandate by:

  • Providing grants to Black-led not for profits and charities, who are leading initiatives that impact the quality of life in Canada’s Black communities.
  • Facilitating access to capital for Black-led businesses to drive economic empowerment through the disbursement of loans, equity investments and other funding support.

Black Opportunity Fund’s Registered charity #727678070 RR 0001