How it Works

The Program

The SBCCI has four components:

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Supporting the establishment of the Canadian Institute for People of African Descent

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Funding capital projects through the Capital Assist Project (CAP)

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Funding capacity building projects through the Capacity Building Project (CBP)

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Providing funds for emerging priorities

Funding is available to non-profit grassroots organizations across Canada that meet the eligibility and targeted review criteria in this Guideline.

Non-profit grassroots organizations can apply for funding with a budget of a minimum $5,000 to a maximum of $45,000.

What We Fund: Grant Request

Outside Quebec:
Category A—Choose One

You are an organization located outside of Quebec and looking for funding for:

  • Sustainability — To diversify your funding sources; or
  • Build your capacity in any of the following organizational governance categories;
  • Leadership or stewardship training; or
  • Continuous growth and learning; or
  • Communications and transparency

Black Business Initiative:

Outside Quebec:
Category B—Choose One

You are located outside of Quebec and looking to:

  • Enhance operational management effectiveness & efficiency; or
  • Build your capacity in any one of the following organizational governance categories;
  • Empowerment through accountability; or
  • Accomplishment and measurement; or
  • Service and fairness

Tropicana Community Services:

Inside Quebec:
Category C—Choose All That Apply

Please select all that apply:

  • Diversify your funding sources; and/or
  • Enhance operational management effectiveness & efficiency; and/or
  • Strengthen your organizational governance

Groupe 3737:

Am I Eligible?

The Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) was created by the federal government through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to help build the capacity of grassroots not-for-profit organizations serving Black communities in Canada.


Eligible Expenditures

  • Fees for professional services
  • Disability support for staff of the grant recipient
  • Materials and supplies
  • Printing and communication
  • Travel cost attributable to the approved program
  • Data collection
  • Fees for professional service
  • Printing and communications
  • Performance monitoring and reporting
  • Small office equipment and tools directly attributable to the project capped at 25% of approved fund
  • Disability support for executing project
  • Materials and supplies
  • Rental of premises for project
  • Knowledge development activities

Ineligible Applicants

The following are ineligible to apply for funding from the SBCCI program:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit businesses

Ineligible Activities

  • Operations that take place outside of Canada
  • Activities that occur before November 16, 2020 and after April 1, 2024
  • Service activities duplicative of legislated mandates of governments or city departments
  • Activities that do not fall with the current objects or mandates of the applicant
  • Initiatives that would unnecessarily duplicate existing services
  • Construction of housing, shelter or office
  • Building larger reserves
  • Purchase or lease of land
  • Rental cost for space that is owned by the organization
  • Debt reduction
  • Activities that are illegal