Event and Youth Initiative Grants
We're now accepting applications for the second round of our National Anti-Racism Fund (NARF)’s Event and Youth Initiative Grants. The National Anti-Racism Fund is one of the ways that the CRRF supports communities across Canada in the fight against racism and discrimination.
Organizations should apply for a NARF Event and Youth Initiative Grant if they plan to host initiatives aligned with one or more of the key themes and objectives listed below and designed to achieve one or more of the expected results.
Events are community-based, planned public, social, and/or learning occasions and activities relating to the themes and objectives of the National Anti-Racism Fund. Formats include conferences, summits, workshops, galas, festivals, exhibits, and reconciliation or intercultural activities.
Youth Initiatives are projects that are youth-led or focused on youth. Youth are defined as persons below the age of 30. Formats include conferences, summits, workshops, galas, festivals, exhibits, and reconciliation or intercultural activities.
Events and Youth Initiatives must align with one or more of the following themes and objectives:
- Systemic racial barriers: Reducing barriers to inclusion by addressing systemic racism in education, healthcare, the justice system, public services, employment and public life.
- Research and education: Promoting and increasing availability and accessibility of data, evidence and community insights on race relations in Canada.
- Public awareness: Informing public policies by highlighting systemic and institutional barriers.
- Cultural and intercultural community-building: Creating cross-cultural opportunities through discussions and dialogue on race and religion, building awareness and collaborations.
Events and Youth Initiatives must achieve one or more of the following results:
- Increase public awareness of public policy issues related to race relations, anti-racism, or anti-hate nationally, regionally, or in local communities.
- Increase public awareness of Canada’s cultural diversity.
- Increase awareness of factors such as race, culture, ethnicity, or religion that may be hindering full participation of the entire Canadian population in society and the economy.
- Increase knowledge and capacity within communities to address racism and discrimination.
This funding is available to:
- Canadian registered charities (as recognized by the Canadian Revenue Agency) and Canadian non-profit organizations and associations.
- First Nations, Inuit and Metis organizations
- Canadian non-Federal public institutions such as municipalities, boards of education, schools, colleges and universities.
- Grassroots and recognized student groups
This funding is not available to:
- For-profit organizations
- Federal institutions
- Organizations whose purpose is solely related to political activity, as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency
Available Funding and Flow of Funds
Available funding for any proposed Event or Youth Initiative is up to a maximum of $10,000. Applicants will only be eligible for funding under the Event and Youth Initiative to a maximum of two applications.
The CRRF will work with successful applicants to establish the flow of funds according to deliverables. The CRRF will provide 80% of funds upon contract signing. The remaining 20% of funds will be released after the final report is submitted on the CRRF’s SurveyMonkey Apply platform. Final reports must be submitted within 60 days after project completion and approved by the CRRF monitoring team.
Applications for initiatives currently receiving funding through either the Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives (CSMARI) Program or the Anti-Racism Action Program (ARAP) – administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage – will only be considered if the application is to extend or expand the existing initiative.
Expenses for Events and Youth Initiatives can include:
- Personnel and staffing costs
- Program costs such as speaker honoraria, venue related expenses, equipment, marketing and communications, catering, transportation, etc.
- Overhead and administrative costs directly associated with Events or Youth Initiatives can be requested to a maximum of 15% of the total budget. Overhead and administrative costs include: supervision, bookkeeping/accounting, audit expenses, telephone/internet, etc.
Expenses for Events and Youth Initiatives cannot include:
- Costs (e.g., loans, grants, or scholarships) that are related to direct financial assistance in the form of payments to individuals or families
- Partisan political activity that directly or indirectly promotes a political candidate or party
- Ongoing occupancy costs
- Services covered by provincial health authorities
- Services provided by medical professionals or regulated health professionals other than social workers or social service workers
- Support of operating deficit
- Purchase of investment in real property (real estate, land, building, etc.)
- Cost of alcoholic beverages
- Basic shelter beds or transitional housing beds
Submitting Your Application
- Go to our application portal, create a profile or use an existing profile and complete the online application form
- Attach all the required supporting documents, including:
- Itemized budget table
Budget template available for download below
(Please note only first “Budget” column needs to be filled in)
- Annual financial statements
- Sponsorship package (optional but highly encouraged)
- Itemized budget table
- Submit your application through our online portal
Applicants will have two opportunities to submit their Event and Youth Initiative applications.
- Applications seeking funding for Events or Youth Initiatives that will take place between mid-January and March 2024 must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on November 15, 2023.
- Applications seeking funding for Events or Youth Initiatives that will take place between April and July 2024 must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on January 15, 2024.
The portal will remain open for Events and Youth Initiatives until 11:59 pm on January 15, 2024.
Note that applications for Events and Youth Initiatives that are happening within 60 days of the application deadline will not be reviewed. All Events or Youth Initiatives proposals must include a detailed schedule with a completion date no later than July 31, 2024.
Applications will only be accepted through the CRRF’s SurveyMonkey Apply platform. However, for reference purposes, the full application is available in PDF for download. Organizations are encouraged to download the PDF file to review the application questions and prepare all required information and attachments before submitting their application through the online portal.
Application Processing Time
Event and Youth Initiative applications will be assessed as follows:
- Applications submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on November 15, 2023, will have decisions made in early January 2024
- Applications submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on January 15, 2024, will have decisions made in early March 2024
How Do We Choose Successful Applications?
We fund Events and Youth Initiatives that have clear objectives and measurable results. Once screened for eligibility, your application will be evaluated based on the criteria below:
- The application demonstrates how the Event or Youth Initiative contributes to one or more of the program themes and achieves one or more of the expected results.
- The applicant has the experience, human and financial resources, governance structure and capacity to successfully carry out the event based on past experience.
- The applicant has demonstrated the need within their community and how it will be addressed.
- The applicant has the required resources to successfully deliver the Event or Youth Initiative on time and on budget.
- The Event or Youth Initiative activities are clearly described and are linked to their goals.
- The Event or Youth Initiative is designed to effectively reach its target audience, beneficiaries and participants.
- The proposed budget is detailed, reasonable and balanced and takes into consideration the efficient and effective use of funds and must indicate if the event or youth initiative can continue even if the CRRF was only able to allocate partial funding.
- The applicant agrees to fulfill the CRRF recognition requirements.
Fund Awardee Recognition Plan
All successful applicants must publicly acknowledge the financial support received from the CRRF through NARF, in all communications materials and promotional activities. Public acknowledgment text should state the following:
“The [TITLE OF YOUR EVENT or YOUTH INITIATIVE] was made possible through the financial support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s National Anti-Racism Fund.”
Additionally, successful applicants funded by the National Anti-Racism Fund are required to:
- Invite a CRRF representative to provide remarks at public Events or Youth Initiatives or, if more appropriate, deliver an e-message or video about the CRRF and its support for the Event or Youth Initiative.
- Provide the CRRF with a notice of the Event at least four weeks in advance of the event date.
- Notification of Event or Youth Initiative date and Month/Day of Observance (if applicable) at least four weeks in advance.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a grant contract.
*Contract template to come!
Questions and Contact
For further information, please contact us at email@example.com. Be sure to write “National Anti-Racism Fund Application” in the subject line of your email.
You can also watch the recording of our October 18, Events and Youth Initiatives Info Session below: