2021 Grant Recipients

The following 40 groups received grants of up to $4000 to support their incredible work in 2021 and beyond.

Afro Van Connect

Afro Van Connect Society is an arts and cultural collective dedicated to empowering African Descent youth across the diaspora. We are a creative capitol platform that offers shared opportunities and resources designed to promote liberating education and sustainability community development. Our core values are to heal our community, create opportunity, and educate youth.

ALAB Resource Clinic

ALAB Resource Clinic began our work while living and organizing alongside housed and unhoused members of the community. Through conversation, our team identified key issues in accessing traditional social services, including oppression, accessibility barriers and dehumanizing treatment. We aim to provide support and access to services in a flexible, community-oriented format, which responds to individual needs.

Ancestral Hands Foundation
Ancestral Hands Foundation was created to support the Ancestral Hands Midwives program. Given the underutilization of midwifery care by Black clients, we saw the need to connect the Black community with midwives as part of the solution to Black maternal health disparities. We work with a number of partners who help us support our clients through referrals, outreach and participating in programming.

Bad Date Coalition (BDC)

The Bad Date Coalition (BDC) has provided safety tools and resources to sex workers and community agencies for over 11 years. The BDC’s core service is compiling and distributing printed Bad Date Booklets, an important safety tool for the sex work community. The term “bad date” is used to describe an episode of violence enacted upon a sex worker, as well as incidents of theft, refusal of payment, threats, rudeness, time wasting, harassment, aggressive behaviour, etc. Sex workers face many barriers to reporting bad dates due to stigma and criminalization.

Black Women of Forward Action

At Black Women of Forward Action, we aim to enrich and educate the community of Windsor-Essex County, and be the positive force that is committed to unequivocal progress for women of colour, in every aspect of civic life. BWFA has been the connector in Windsor-Essex County to the Black Community. The city, along with many other organizations reach out to our members for input on anti-racism and discrimination activities and programming, focus groups on inclusion strategies, interviews for news articles, and keynote speakers for panels and virtual events.

Caregiver Connections Education and Support Organization (CCESO)

Caregiver Connections Education and Support Organization is a non-profit, volunteer- run organization whose membership consists mainly of care workers and members from the Filipino community. Our vision is to be an organization where newcomers, caregivers, domestic and migrant workers are empowered and recognized for their strength, resilience, and their commitment to make meaningful change in the system, in themselves, and in the community. We provide a range of programs and activities, collaborate with other organizations, and conduct leadership training to support caregivers, newcomers, domestic and migrant workers


CommunALLY was started to dismantle the social and systemic separation of Indigenous peoples and migrants by creating anti-colonial and anti-racist spaces for solidarity-building. The project is based on the lived experiences of two young women who found commonalities in the oppression they faced despite their vastly different identities. CommunALLY builds ways for Indigenous and migrant communities to practice solidarity with each other against colonial oppression, societal inequities, and cross-community isolation through the creation of spaces for shared dialogue, mobilization, and decision-making.

Defund the Police Coalition-Montreal

Defund the Police Coalition-Montreal brings together over 65 Montreal-based organizations in an effort to reimagine public safety in our city. The coalition includes a range of groups, including Indigenous organizations, BLM-Montreal, sex workers and drug users organizations, and more. We are led by people directly affected by police racism and violence in Montreal.

Equitable Action for Change

We are a Black-created, led, focused, and serving not-for-profit, multi-service agency located in Tkaronto/Toronto, Ontario. Our mission is to improve the lives of Black-identifying people who face barriers to their daily physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. We do so by meaningfully engaging our communities by providing support to each other from a peer-led, harm reduction support service delivery model.

Ga Gitigemi Gamik (We Will Plant Lodge)

Ga Gitigemi Gamik is an ecological centre on a permanent Indigenous stewarded site, where women and 2SLGBTTQQIA+ persons can work on the land together to (RE)learn ancestral agricultural methods lost to colonization.  Our mission is to (RE)build resilient food and farming systems for Indigenous people through empowering Indigenous women and 2SLGBTTQQIA+ people to (RE)claim their place as the traditional agricultural leaders to alleviate food insecurity in their communities.

Green Jobs Oshawa (GJO)

Green Jobs Oshawa (GJO) is composed of workers, retirees, community members, labour activists, environmentalists, and academics who have first-hand experience with the issues facing post-industrial centres. Our mission is to challenge the prevalent ideas of what industrial corporations provide for the communities where they operate. We do this by offering clear and viable democratic alternatives. An example of this was a major feasibility study we released in 2019 that proposed public ownership of the GM Oshawa plant and its conversion to the production of electric fleet vehicles.

Hey Black Girl!

Hey Black Girl! is a youth-led, Black-led, women-led collective that is focused on the empowerment and encouragement of young Black women both personally and professionally. We do this by providing educational workshops at an affordable cost, primarily for free. In our workshops, we curate spaces where the systemic oppression that Black women face can be identified, addressing how they affect Black women, providing space for Black women to share and reflect on shared lived experiences.

Jane Finch Education Action Group

Jane Finch Education Action Group is an organization led by Black and racialized residents in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood. We work in partnership with parents, students, and other members of the community that are concerned about the systemic barriers related to public education. Membership is only open to community residents and community-based organizations

LesBond: Asian Queer Women Migrants Support Project

LesBond is an Asian queer migrant group in Toronto, supporting queer women and migrants coming from Asian countries, who have been through the immigration process, and who are looking for a community in Canada. Most of our members are directly affected by the issues of isolation, racism, homophobia, and lack of resources and networks.

Living Water Walk for the Saskatchewan River

The late Water Walker Biidaasige-ba or Josephine-ba Mandamin from Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory, Manitoulin Island, is known as one of the first Grandmothers to organize and lead water walks around the Great Lakes from 2003 to 2017 to bring awareness to the life of the Water and to the interconnected issues of pollution, endangerment, and contamination. Her legacy is being carried forward by those she trained as Water Walkers. As the Water Walkers carry the Water in a Copper Vessel accompanied by an Eagle Water Staff, the movement recognizes Indigenous ancestral ties to the land and water and allows for re-activation of Indigenous relationships to traditional territories.


Making Waves: Marine Delivery of Legal Advocacy Services

The Bella Coola Legal Advocacy Program (BCLAP) increases access to justice for Indigenous peoples facing the impacts of colonial law by providing free and confidential, trauma-informed, and culturally safe legal advocacy services out of an office in Bella Coola.



Malton People's Movement (MPM)

The Malton People's Movement (MPM) is a truly grassroots organization that formed in June 2020, in the wake of the Peel police killing of Uncle Ejaz Choudry, who was experiencing a mental health crisis when he was shot to death in his own home by Peel police. Since then, MPM has been organizing collectively with several victims and families of Peel police violence and homicide, including Clive Mensah, MattDiGiovanni, Chantelle Krupka, Michael Headley, Jamal Francique, and D'Andre Campbell.

Migrante Ottawa / Pilipinong Migrante sa Canada

Migrante Ottawa is a grassroots organization promoting the rights of Filipino migrants in Ottawa, and raising awareness around struggles to address issues leading to forced migration. It confronts issues that are often not picked up by others due to the radical transformation that is involved. The conditions of forced migration and exploitation of migrants overseas are all linked to deep-seated intersecting issues of inequality and oppression that affect many communities, such as colonialism/imperialism, persistent poverty, covert and overt racism, gender inequality, and power imbalances. Migrant workers are also among the hardest hit by the COVID pandemic.

No Pride in Policing and No More Silence

The No Pride in Policing Coalition (NPPC) is a group of queer and trans people that formed in 2018 to support all the demands raised by Black Lives Matter Toronto at the 2016 Pride Toronto parade. We continue to support BLM-TO in their demand for a 50% cut to the Toronto Police Service budget and for those funds to be reinvested into Black, Indigenous, racialized, impoverished, and other targeted communities as a first step towards abolishing the police.

Ocama Collective

Ocama Collective is a community-directed group of queer birth workers of colour, living in Tkaronto (Toronto), who are dedicated to the reclamation of traditional and holistic child-bearing and birthing practices among BIPOC folx.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

OCAP strives to develop the capacity of oppressed communities to confront injustice by demonstrating the power of collective action. Through a direct-action casework-based model we aim to simultaneously seek redress for cases of individual injustice and build a mass movement capable of confronting the capitalist system that organizes our economic and political lives.

Possibilities Podcast

Possibilities Podcast is a podcast where we engage in deep dive conversations with queer and trans Black and Indigenous people of colour artists and possibility makers. We delve in through heartfelt inquiry with ideas, people and practices to understand what makes bold creations tick and seemingly impossible dreams tangible. Our guests have been some of the most brilliant queer and trans creators, including adrienne maree brown, D'Loco Kid, Kiley May, Ravyn Wngz, Alexis Pauline Gumbs and many more. Possibilities Podcast seeks to be a portal for inspiration and insight, and catalyze our listeners to generate their own infinite possibilities.

Prison Free Press (PFP)

Prison Free Press is a not-for-profit that publishes two free quarterly magazines by and for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their loved ones in Canada. Both publications provide a space for those in prisons and their supporters to communicate with each other and the broader public about the issues and experiences that affect prisoners.

Project Agape

Project Agape is a Black-led and youth-led organization that strives to support victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and educate our community on these issues. We want to be part of the efforts to end homelessness, especially in marginalized communities through the deeds we will perform to help the homeless. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others such as workshops, cohorts and training, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make.

Scarborough Youth United (SYU)

SYU is a grassroots youth group that provides space for immigrant/migrant youth to share their concerns and take leadership in engaging with their communities to address those concerns. SYU strongly believes in capacity building and infusing leadership training opportunities in every project for the youth to practice their skills, develop knowledge and reflect on their lived experiences to realize their power and potential.

Shelter and Housing Justice Network (SHJN)

The Shelter and Housing Justice Network (SHJN) is a network of homelessness and housing advocates, shelter providers, healthcare professionals, faith leaders, legal workers, and researchers who have come together to address the issue of homelessness in Canada on a local, provincial, and national level. Operating with the mantra of “shelter rights, housing rights, human rights,” SHJN seeks immediate action and long-term sustainable solutions in the shelter and housing sectors. SHJN seeks to raise awareness and demand change as it relates to emergency shelter, social housing, and the protection of human rights.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS)

SACS is a Scarborough-focused, social assistance recipient-led group that pushes for improvements to OW and ODSP so that people receiving social assistance and people with disabilities can live with justice and dignity. Membership is open to recipients of social assistance and those who support people living on social assistance in Scarborough.

Sovereign Likhts'amisyu

Land has always been fundamental to the health and culture of our people. We recognize the interconnection of all life which co-exists in a balance of harmony through respect and care. The mission of the Sovereign Likhts'amisyu Village is to slow the acceleration of climate change and to restore and protect the biodiversity of our region. We strive to continue to educate and alert people about the harmful effects of oil and gas extraction on our futures.

Stories We Tell

Queer newcomers often leave their home countries fleeing dangerous conditions that exist as a result of their queer identities. Although some of these conditions are alleviated upon arrival, they are then confronted with a new set of challenges. Navigating bureaucracy, legal processes, finding employment, housing, and food — all in a new language and without social supports — can be a highly alienating experience.

Toronto Black Farmers and Growers Collective

Clean food is a right. The Toronto Black Farmers and Food Collective are a group of people who came together out of food oppression, who have decided to talk about our food experiences as Afro-people. We are farmers, growers, small food business owners, and food insecure people. We are standing against food injustices, food insecurity and working to build a platform of sovereignty. As we are working in this vast eclectic food culture of Toronto, we are creating a welcoming space for food insecure people. We have been farming out of Downsview Park since 2013.

United Women

We are an international network of young women of colour committed to enacting real social change. Through our community hubs, mentorship program, and political campaigns, we're activating social literacy, civic engagement, and political advocacy among global youth to build a better world together. We are committed to amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) youth and women, and aim to restore the self-determination that is lost through the systemic displacement, exclusion, and segregation of marginalized communities.

Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights (CDWCR)

CDWCR's membership includes current and former migrant caregivers, domestic workers, and community supporters. We believe migrant care workers' temporary immigration status makes them vulnerable to abuses related to labour issues, like working long hours, not receiving overtime pay and not receiving proper wages; some workers also experience mental and physical abuse. CDWCR believes the only way to provide social justice, fairness, and protection for care workers is to allow them to come to Canada as permanent residents.

Vivimos Juntxs, Comemos Juntxs

Vivimos Juntxs, Comemos Juntxs is a grassroots collective that aims to provide material and social support to undocumented communities, while simultaneously creating a migrant-led, migrant-decided space where our communities can imagine and work towards building a city where we have power over the services and resources we need to live a dignified life. We understand this as part of the broad imperative to build a "sanctuary city" from below. Our work is not to engage in endless dialogues with lawmakers and tweak symbolic municipal policies, but to cultivate migrant-led spaces to empower folx with the information and collective tools we need to create sanctuary from the ground up.

Young Seedkeepers School

The Young Seedkeepers School brings together Black, Indigenous, racialized, and allied young people to learn about land, seed, and water stewardship practices. The programming focuses on the reclamation of traditional knowledge to cultivate half an acre. We grow and learn about culturally significant crops while getting to know each other's histories and legacies. Our goal is to bring together youth and grow a more resilient food system grounded in ancestral knowledge.

Where Are You From Collective (WAYF)

Founded in 2016, the founding members of Where Are You From Collective (WAYF) came together after having a discussion around the frustrations of being Asian artists whose work is often not legitimized by the mainstream. We began as an art-based and activism program with the intention to address issues of agency that Asians (including but not limited to Southeast Asian, South Asian, East Asians, Asian-Pacific Islander) living on Turtle Island experience in defining our identities, visibility, and representation by offering workshops, events, and creating an online platform for self-representation.

More information to come on the following groups!

Landbased Undertaking for Treaties

Red Communitaria Migrante

ReSistering: Two-Spirit-led Earthwork and Cultural Resurgence