The Anti-racism Grants Program has 5 funding streams:
Community Activation Grant
Up to $10,000 each. $275,000 of total funds available
To be used by communities and grassroots organizations to activate and animate projects or events led by and supporting youth and/or seniors, with priority given to intercultural and intergenerational anti-racist initiatives.
Project Ready Matching Grant
Up to $25,000 each. $300,000 of total funds available
To be used by community not-for-profits and local grassroots organizations to match funding with other anti-racism initiatives that have received approved funding and require some matching contribution.
Local Anti-racism Capacity Building/Innovation Grant
Up to $30,000 each. $400,000 of total funds available
Focused on local grassroots organizations working on anti-racism activities and actions which address barriers to participation, promote healing and/or reconciliation, illuminate and combat systemic and structural racism, and support sustaining developmental change, such as:
Projects to build relationships with other communities also impacted by racism
Projects that uplift the stories of people impacted by racism, community needs assessments and responses
Local Community Participatory Action Research Grant
Up to $30,000 each. $150,000 of total funds available
To be used by communities impacted by racism to support community-led research activities which address local issues and concerns specific to their communities.
Shifting the Perspective
Up to $75,000. $375,000 of total funds available
This funding stream is specifically for not for profit organizations in the arts, media and culture sector, projects will support stories led by underrepresented communities to shift the narrative on racism.
Application Criteria and Requirements
Please review the following information before you apply.
Organizations must clearly demonstrate how their project meets one or more of the Anti-racism Grant Program outcomes and falls under one of the following project types:
Training and education: includes initiatives to increase awareness, and/or help Edmontonians understand the impacts of individual, systemic and structural racism through activities such as workshops, roundtables, conferences, community conversations, social media initiatives, resources to tools for community use
Capacity building within community organizations and, across various systems and structures through activities that share anti-racism promising practices, research and information
Developing strategies that support anti-racism, other equity deserving communities (intersectionality) and intercultural learning
Evaluating existing programs and refining approaches to strengthen volunteers and program staff skill sets
Building organizational sustainability and abilities to engage partners and participate in systemic and structural change
Organizations must be registered (and in good standing) under 1 of the following acts:
A local grassroots organization or interested individuals may be funded with a fiscal agent.
Ineligible Organizations include:
Municipal departments or other governmental organizations
Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by the City of Edmonton
The program provides funding assistance for initiatives, new programming or resources for anti-racism projects within Edmonton. Eligible expenses include:
Staffing costs specific to the initiative
Program/project material and supplies
Printing and communications
Travel expenses, within Edmonton
Other administrative costs associated with the project/program
Short-term rental of space for projects/programs
Program funding cannot be used for expenses related to:
Time and labour provided towards preparation of funding applications, fundraising including costs for fundraising campaigns and websites for fundraising purposes
Endowments, charitable donations, bursaries, developing business cases or proposals for funding, donor recognition, gifts (with the exception of gifts for Indigenous protocols)
Project expenses that are incurred before the application has been received
Capital and facility upgrades, renovations and construction
Debt reduction, financing charges and/or interest payments on loans
Administrative costs and fees that exceed more than 15% of the total project costs (such as legal fees, accounting/booking fees, bank/financing related charges, ongoing operational expenses such as rent/lease payments and facility maintenance, and so on)
Direct government lobbying or partisan political activities (such as activities related to advocacy must demonstrate non-partisan approaches)
The following items are required with your application:
You must also provide the following information if you are a registered organization and/or provide this information for your own fiscal agent:
Certificate of incorporation (First time applicants) and/or Annual Proof of Filing
Copy of most recent AGM minutes (Quorum and approval of financials should be included in these minutes)
Most recent signed year-end financial statements (2 years) (see financial statement example) and Year-end Bank Statement and Bank Reconciliation (required if your financial statements are internally reviewed)
(up to $25,000 each; $75,000 available in total) — For community non-profit and local grassroots organization's anti-racism initiatives that have received approved funding and require some matching contribution.
Centre For Intellectual Excellence Ltd. will bring together professional experts, educators, community leaders, government officials and corporate CEOs in a three-day workshop to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion best practices.
Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation will support the Indigenous Cultural Partnership, which is a collaboration between the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and Indigenous-led organizations in Edmonton.
Sisters Dialogue Inc. will create an awareness campaign to foster understanding and create safe spaces for reflection, connections, and healing with Muslim women and girls.
(up to $15,000 each; $150,000 available in total) — For local grassroots organizations working on anti-racism activities and actions that address barriers to participation, promote healing and/or reconciliation, illuminate and combat systemic and structural racism, and support sustaining developmental change.
Focas: Foundation For Oromian Culture Education And Art Services will focus on direct anti-racism advocacy and development of resilience against racism and discrimination in newcomer and immigrant children and youth.
Standing Together (Fiscal agent: YWCA) organized a commemorative walk for survivors and inter-generational survivors of Canada’s residential schools on September 30, 2022
Urji Women Support Association Of Edmonton will create a weekly sharing circle for Black Muslim women.
Alberta Workers Association for Research and Education will create a safe accessible space for Spanish-speaking women who are undocumented to learn about issues related to employment, rights, access to City resources, and training.
Stop Race-Based Hate (Fiscal agent: John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights) will expand Stop Race-Based Hate, a free online tool that aims to educate and empower people to speak out against racism.
Above Your Service will support Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers in teaching people experiencing homelessness about ceremonies such as smudging and storytelling.
Indo-Canadian Women’s Association of Edmonton will provide a facilitated session and tour of the Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park for Indo-Canadian Women’s Association of Edmonton's membership, staff, volunteers and stakeholders.
All projects must be supported by an eligible fiscal agent/supporting organization. Individuals (youth applicants, for example) can partner with a fiscal agent/supporting organization that will be responsible for all financial accountability and reporting requirements.
Yes; however, the project must address a BIPOC community identified need and demonstrate BIPOC community involvement. Higher priority will be given to projects facilitated by organizations that can demonstrate that they are BIPOC-led and/or have the involvement of partner organizations from other diverse communities in the development, delivery and follow up of their projects. Higher priority will also be given to organizations that have an operating budget under $250,000/year and have not received prior City of Edmonton funding.
Yes; however, higher priority will be given to organizations that have not received prior City of Edmonton funding. Lower priority will be given to organizations that receive ongoing funding from the City of Edmonton and organizations with operational/programme budgets supported through other governmental systems and structures.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for the grant most appropriate for their initiative based on the intended outcomes of the project. The City of Edmonton is now accepting applications for one-time Anti-racism Community Safety Funding Program that range in scope from $150,000 - $250,000. Expressions of Interest are due by August 24, 2022.