Putting charities in charge: New $9-million Black-led fund - one of largest-ever in Canada - to centre applicants in grant decision-making

“When you do it this way, you give light, acknowledgement and support to how we’ve always done things in the past,” Liza Arnason, founder of the Ase Community Foundation for Black Canadians with Disabilities.

Why It Matters

Black leaders are hopeful that a participatory grantmaking process, being used by the Foundation for Black Communities, will model how governments and foundations will engage with and fund Black community organizations in the future.

When organizations apply to a new, national, $8.9-million fund for Black communities, it won’t be a group of far-away donors or government staffers reviewing their proposals — it will be local peers. 

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