We're now accepting applications for the second round of our National Anti-Racism Fund (NARF)’s Projects Grants from organizations working on anti-racism projects in Canada between March 2024 and March 2025. The Fund is one way that the CRRF supports communities across Canada in the fight against racism and discrimination.
Organizations should apply for a NARF Projects grant if they plan to implement projects that are aligned with one or more of the key themes and objectives listed below and designed to achieve one or more of the expected results.
Projects 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.
In addition, projects 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.
NARF Projects funding is open 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.
- Labour organizations
NARF Projects funding is NOT open 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
Funding available for any proposed project can range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $125,000. Applicants will only be eligible for funding to a maximum of one application.
The CRRF will work with successful applicants to establish the flow of funds according to deliverables. The CRRF will provide 40% of funds upon contract signing. An additional 40% will be released upon the submission of a short interim report. The remaining 20% of funds will be released after submitting the final report 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 Project funding can include:
- Personnel and staffing costs
- Project costs such as workshop and meeting costs, speaker honoraria, venue-related expenses, equipment, marketing and communications, catering, transportation, etc.
- Purchased services such as services of consultants/contractors/subject matter experts specifically relating to the delivery of the project.
- Evaluation costs such as project evaluation, survey administration, focus groups, and evaluation reporting.
- Overhead and administrative costs directly associated with the project delivery 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 Project funding 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*
- Most recent annual financial statements (2 years)
Audited if your annual revenues are more than $250K
- Latest annual report
- List of board members
- Letters of support (optional)
- Itemized budget table
- Submit your application through our online portal
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.
The portal will be open until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 8, 2024.
Note that applications must include a detailed schedule with a completion date no later than March 31, 2025 and a final report to be submitted by May 31, 2025.
Application Processing Time
Decisions will be made 8 to 10 weeks after submission deadline by CRRF’s Board granting committee and supported by CRRF staff granting team. Please note that all decisions are final and there is no appeal process through this funding program.
How Do We Choose Successful Applications?
We fund projects 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 project 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 management, governance structure and capacity to successfully carry out the project 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 project on time and on budget.
- The project activities are clearly described and are linked to their goals.
- The project 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 project 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 PROJECT] was made possible through the financial support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s National Anti-Racism Fund.”
Successful applicants will be required to complete a grant contract.
COMING SOON – Click here to access the Projects Contract template
An information session will be held on December 12 from 1pm to 2pm (EST). Please click here to register.
Questions and Contact
For further information, please contact us at email@example.com. Be sure to write “National Anti-Racism Fund Project Application” in the subject line of your email.