Where our grants helped

National Anti-Racism Fund (NARF)

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Community groups and non-profit organizations received over $3.9 million dollars in funding to design events and programming to combat systemic barriers to racialized Canadians and Indigenous people, promote education and research, build public awareness on systemic racism, and foster intercultural community cohesion.

For more information about this fund, click here.

Our awardees include:


Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE)

Association for New Canadians

Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services


Boca del Lupo Theatre Society

Canadian Arab Institute

Canadian Council for Refugees

Canadian Refugee Initiative

Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Committee

Centre Communautaire Petit Espoir

Centre RIRE 2000

Chilliwack Community Services

Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (Charitable trustee partner: Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)

Chokecherry Studios Incorporated

Coalition of Muslim Women of KW

Community Family Services of Ontario

Corporation of City of Pickering

Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta

Diversecities Community Service Association (formerly Calgary Chinese Community Service Association)

Equitas – International Centre For Human Rights Education

International D’education Aux Droits Humains

Fondation Communautaire de la Péninsule acadienne inc.

FoodShare Toronto

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition

HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development

HIV Network of Edmonton Society (HIV Edmonton)

Hockey 4 Youth Foundation/Fondation hockey pour les jeunes

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.

Immigration & Refugee Services Association PEI

Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council (IIKELC)

Islamic Relief – IR Canada

Jewish Senior Citizen’s Centre

John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

Liberation 75 Inc.

M2/W2 Association – Restorative Christian Ministries

MakeWay Foundation

Metis Nation of Canada

Oasis Centre des femmes Inc.

Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre

Returning to Spirit Residential School Reconciliation Inc.

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg Incorporation

Stardale Women’s Group Inc

Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative

Tawheed Community Centre (operates under legal name Salaheddin Islamic Centre Inc)

The Association of Black Social Workers

The Concerned Kids Charity of Toronto

The Mosaic Institute for Harnessing Diversity

The Neighbourhood Group Community Services c/o Black Women In Motion

The North Shore Restorative Justice Society

Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance


Vues d’Afrique

Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick

Women Transforming Cities International Society

Yellowhead Indigenous Education Foundation

Youth Empowering Parents

Events and youth initiatives

African Canadian National Coalition Against Hate, Oppression and Racism (ANCHOR)

AFACTE Charity Foundation (Canada)

Afri-Can Alliance International

African Canadian Seniors Network (AFCANSN)

African Carribean Intergrated Wellness Services Ltd / Alberta Black Therapists Network

African Women acting AWA

Afro Centre for the Arts

Alabaster Heart Missions International Inc.

Alter Action Jeunesse

Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick

Asian Policy Professionals Network

Association des Parents et amis des victimes du génocide au Rwanda (PAGE-Rwanda)

Bangladesh Centre and Community Services

Black Lives Matter Society YYC

Black Screen Office

Black Women Business Network

Camer Social Club (SC)

Canada for Africa Group

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

Centre for Independent Media & Arts Inc.

Centre International de Documentation et d’Information Haïtienne, Caribéenne et Afro-Canadienne – CIDIHCA

Chinatown Transformation Collaborative Society

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto

Coastal Research, Education, and Advocacy Network (CREAN)

Collège de Maisonneuve

Community Foundations of Canada

Council of Nigerian Professionals Inc.

Cross Cultural Walking Tours

Dare To Be Youth Charity

Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today (DYLOTT)

Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues

Elma Township Public School

Elmwood Community Resource Center and Area Association Inc.(ECRC)

FOCAS: Foundation for Oromian Culture Education and Arts Services.

Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation

Future of Good Media Inc.

Greater Toronto Chapter, National Association of Japanese Canadians

Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS)


Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association

International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD)

JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto


Korean Social Services Centre

Kwe! À la rencontre des peuples autochtones

Mary Wright Public School – Thames Valley District School Board

Ma’mo’weh Wii’soo’ka’tiwin Foundation

Moksha Canada Foundation

Mon Afrique À Lanaudière

MTL Sans Profilage

Newcomer Women’s Services, Toronto

Nigerian Association London and Area (NALA)

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

OCCA Communities Association

Ontario Heritage Trust

Organisme immiGrand

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Racine Croisée Solidarité Sawa

Rittenhouse: A New Vision

Skeena Diversity Society

Somali Canadian Association of Etobicoke

South Asian Legal Clinic of British Columbia

South Huron District high School

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)

Stardale Women’s Group Inc

Thames Valley District School Board: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School

The BC Native Women’s Association

The Black Council of Windsor-Essex (TBCWE)

The Broadbent Institute

The Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society

The Mosquers Film Festival

Toronto Community Benefits Network

University of Alberta

Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society

Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society (VDICSS)

Wise Group Non Profit Association

Young Women’s Leadership Network

The Community Mobilization Fund (CMF)

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A $300,000 one-time investment from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations as they manage and take action on anti-racism initiatives. This grant was supported with a generous donation of $60,000 by Sun Life. 

For more information about this fund, click here.

Below are the 2021 recipients:

Hamilton Civic Centre for Inclusion

The “Speak Out” project mobilizes and empowers Somali youth with tools to confront systemic injustices. This documentary film project will highlight the stories of Somali youth with particular emphasis on how they experience racism to increase community engagement, influence government policies, and bolster public awareness initiatives.

Funding amount: $15,000
Location: Hamilton, ON, National

“The Anti-Hate Project” is a research-based project on anti-Black hate speech and hate crimes on university campuses to help inform public policies within Canadian post-secondary education institutions and beyond. This project will be in collaboration with the Black Law Students Association of Ottawa (BLSA), Black Medical Students Association of Ottawa (BMSA), and Muslim Medical Association of Canada – Ottawa Chapter (MMAO).

Funding amount: $14,300
Location: Hamilton, ON, National

Website: https://hcci.ca/
Social Media: Facebook Instagram Twitter

Positive Change Toronto

The “Speak Out” project mobilizes and empowers Somali youth with tools to confront systemic injustices. This documentary film project will highlight the stories of Somali youth with particular emphasis on how they experience racism to increase community engagement, influence government policies, and bolster public awareness initiatives.

Funding amount: $16,500
Location: Toronto, ON

Website: https://www.positivechangeto.com/
Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

The Know Nonsense Anti-Racism Podcast

The Know Nonsense Anti-Racism podcast explores the history, policies, and stereotypes that have led Canadians to their current awareness, or lack thereof, of racial justice and equity issues for people of colour. In addition, the Life in Colour project will tap into new media to educate people on systemic racism, going beyond classrooms and workplaces to amplify marginalized people’s voices and stories as an anti-racism resource.

Funding amount: $13,410
Location: National

Podcast link: Know Nonsense Anti-Racism Podcast
Social Media: Instagram Twitter

Prévention CDN-NDG

This project will be a series of workshops for Black youth in the targeted neighborhoods to raise their awareness of systemic racism and barriers they may face. This project will also incorporate upstream research to equip and inform youth in the targeted areas of their civil rights and responsibilities. The workshops will focus on identity issues as well as leadership and empowerment.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: Quebec

Website:  https://preventioncdnndg.org/
Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

l’Université de Québec à Montréal

Since 2000, this project has organized hundreds of twinning sessions between immigrant students learning French from various backgrounds with other post-secondary students. These pairings help build bridges between individuals from the host communities and those from immigrant backgrounds, thus contributing to the fight against racism and xenophobia.  The podcast aspect of this project will concentrate on the ‘intercultural twinning’ in a series of pre-recorded downloadable episodes. Each episode will highlight a particular part or experience of participants in these encounters.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: Quebec

Website: https://uqam.ca/
Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

International Rwanda Youth for Development

The “Diversity in Business Workshop Series Project” project educates and provides mentorship for Rwandan youth between 18-39 on business promotion, financial inclusion, and counter exclusion caused by anti-Black and systemic racism. The goal of these workshops is to mobilize young people and drive public policy by creating businesses in various sectors.

Funding amount: $20,000
Location: Montreal & Gatineau, QC

Website: http://iryd.ca/
Social Media: Facebook  Twitter


This interactive tour on anti-racism aims to promote diversity and inclusion in high schools located in Montreal. These workshops will utilize new tools and learning materials to fight against racism, raise awareness and promote diversity by mobilizing young people and educators.

Funding amount: $15,000
Location: Montreal, QC

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  YouTube

Black Lives Matter Canada

This Black-student-led initiative consisting of workshops and a website launch will mobilize community members, teachers, and the Francophone community through action-oriented workshops and lesson plans. All materials developed from the workshops will contribute to the creation of a bilingual website. This project will be a collaboration with BLM Fredericton. 

Funding amount: $8,250
Location: Fredericton, NB

Website: https://www.blacklivesmatter.ca/
Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Chinese Canadian National Council

“Knowing our Histories & Building Capacity for Leadership and Interracial Solidarity Training Amongst Chinese Canadian Youth” mobilizes and equips Chinese Canadian youth for advocacy, anti-racism, and social justice work through training and relevant placements in various government settings and community organizations.

Funding amount: $7,500
Location: Greater Toronto Area (GTA), ON

Website: https://www.ccnctoronto.ca/
Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Rise Tribe

The “RISE UP: Understanding the Impacts of Anti-Filipino in Canada” project caters to Filipino Canadians and combines community data and insight to understand and address systemic barriers.  It will also present research findings and recommendations to the community through a national symposium as well as developing an action plan.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: GTA & Hamilton, ON

Website: https://www.risetribe.ca/

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice

The “Community Responses to Online Anti-Asian Racist Attacks and Hate Speech” project targets Online anti-Asian racist attacks and hate speech. The project’s policy and advocacy-driven components will involve public awareness programs in the form of videos, policy development and government lobbying, and the development of an artificial intelligence tool to remove online hate.

Funding amount: $7,500
Location: National

Website: https://ccncsj.ca/

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

The ACCT Foundation

The “Mobilizing the Chinese Canadian Community to Address Underrepresentation in Leadership of Public” project will mobilize the Chinese Canadian Community to address underrepresentation in leadership. An online summit will engage Chinese Canadians in identifying systemic leadership barriers and defining a clear actionable plan to increase representation and leadership. By addressing the barriers to social participation, institutions will ultimately better include diverse experiences, needs, perspectives, and solutions.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: Online

Website: https://acctfoundation.ca/

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba

“Bridging Cultures to Reduce Systemic Racism” will combine Asian and Indigenous communities in two sharing circles to develop actions to overcome systemic racism in the government and Canadian society. In addition to mobilizing community members, this project will build bridges between two major cultural groups.

Funding amount: $6,250
Location: MB & AB

Website: https://www.asianheritagemanitoba.com/

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Vancouver Asian Film Festival

The “Reclaim Your Name” project will foster the capacity of young Asian filmmakers and media artists to advocate for racial equity for their communities through intergenerational dialogues with established filmmakers and media artists and community conversations.  

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: Vancouver, BC

Website: https://vaff.org/ 

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

National Association of Japanese Canadians – Toronto Chapter

“Ours to Tell – Reclaiming our History” involves creating online directories for Japanese researchers and historical books on Japanese Canadians. This project will also incorporate workshops and a symposium on these historical books and discuss ethical research issues. Research gaps will be addressed through these directories and events and make policy recommendations for government funders.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: Toronto, ON & National

Website: https://www.torontonajc.ca/

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Pillar Nonprofit Network

“Reducing Systemic Barriers for Indigenous Youth and their Families” will curate workshops with the help of Indigenous youth to educate their network on understanding generational trauma in Indigenous communities. As a result of these workshops, a community action plan for settler-led organizations to make systemic and structural changes will be created.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: London, ON

Website: https://pillarnonprofit.ca/

Social Media: Facebook  Twitter

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s project, “Resistance through Education,” is an anti-racist, human rights public education project featuring a youth conference and a public legal education webinar series. These webinars will speak to how laws and policies continue to oppress and marginalize racialized communities. This project ultimately seeks to empower and mobilize youth and educators to advocate for Indigenous and Black communities.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: Vancouver, BC

Website: https://bccla.org/

Social Media: Facebook  Twitter

Centre for Race and Culture

“âpahkowâyânawin: Educational Sessions on Indigenous Issues and Advocacy” is an educational series that raises awareness on systemic inequities and understanding the legacy of colonialism on Indigenous communities. The goal is to raise awareness and mobilize and invite the general public, community leaders, and policymakers to take action.

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: Edmonton, AB (online)

Website: https://cfrac.com/

Social Media: Facebook  Twitter

Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

“Reconcile-Action,” will host workshops explicitly targeting the business community. The development of these workshops includes:

Creating workshop curricula

Making action plans for businesses and business leaders

A website to host educational materials and show the long-term impact

This project is supported by the Office of Treaty Commissioner and Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

Funding amount: $16,965
Location: Saskatchewan

Website: https://mcos.ca/

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Justice for Girls

“Building Organizational Capacity for Individual and Systemic Advocacy on Indigenous and Environmental Justice for Girls” promotes advocating for Indigenous and environmental justice for girls and women by collecting and analyzing the experiences and perspectives of 50 teen girls, including violence against Indigenous women and girls, into the creation of policy recommendations. Along with systemic advocacy and engaging research, this project also promotes the leadership of Indigenous women and girls through their lived experiences.

Funding amount: $20,000
Location: BC, YK & AB

Website: http://www.justiceforgirls.org/

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

Anti-Racism Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL)

“ARC-NL Web Presence Community Project” will bolster a presence in a geographical area where very few anti-racism organizations exist. They will host events, work, and collect data is an essential foundation in raising visibility on issues related to systemic racism. One notable aspect is an online incident report form to collect data and support vulnerable and racialized communities. 

Funding amount: $10,000
Location: St. John’s, NL

Website: https://arcnl.ca/

Social Media: Facebook

Canadian Anti-Hate Network

“Increasing Capacity to Counter and Expose Hate Promoting Individuals” will further its reach on online hate speech by hiring journalists to write and promote stories on racism in various communities as well as promoting reports focusing on anti-Indigenous and Asian racism. In addition to educating the public and driving policy changes, this initiative will mobilize anti-hate practitioners in developing their expertise.

Funding amount: $6,000
Location: National (Online)

Website: https://www.antihate.ca/

Social Media: Facebook  Twitter

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