The Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) was established to ensure every Black person can thrive and all Black communities have agency in defining their own future. Founded in 2020, FFBC is Canada’s first-ever philanthropic foundation dedicated to ensuring that Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused organizations have the sustained resources needed to make a meaningful impact.

B.I.G. Black Ideas Grant: Bridge and Build 2023

The Black Ideas Grant is a pivotal investment geared towards propelling solution-oriented initiatives led by Canada's Black communities. This substantial $8.9 million investment is not only B.I.G, but also a strategic initiative, a catalyst for immediate impact, and a reservoir of insights crucial for future transformative programs.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Our Approach

FFBC is a first-of-its-kind institution, and our goal is to understand, recognize, and celebrate solutions-making in Black communities. But first, we must look to communities to help inform future funds and programs. We need the voice and expertise of all Black communities. Our unique approach embraces a Participatory Grantmaking Process —a process grounded in interconnectedness and shared improvement. We recognize the power of community voices, and we want yours to shape our future funds and programs.

This approach places significant emphasis on the knowledge, creativity, experiences, and ideas of those closest to the desired outcome of the programming. All applications will be reviewed by Black community members, including applicants.

FFBC also recognizes that there is historic and important work supporting communities that face the highest barriers and least access to funding in climate justice, disability justice, and gender justice. This includes 2SLGBTQI+, women and girls, trans community members, those living on low incomes, those living with disabilities, those who are d(D)eaf, newcomers, migrants, those who were formerly incarcerated, and those who are food insecure. FFBC is committed to supporting intersectional, anti-oppressive, decolonial, justice-oriented approaches that bridge and build a future where all Black communities thrive.

The Black Ideas Grant is a testament to community collaboration, but it's also a beginning. We're on an iterative journey, eager to shape future multi-year funding initiatives inspired by this pilot. Join us as we rewrite the story of empowerment, celebrate solutions, and build a future where every Black voice is heard, and every Black community thrives.

B.I.G. – Black Ideas Grant

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

FFBC’s Black Ideas Grant: Bridge and Build 2023 is a significant investment of $8.9 million to acknowledge and support solution-oriented initiatives led by Canada's Black communities. This inaugural program will fund some of the immediate and direct needs of Black communities and give valuable insights for future funding programs. ​

B.I.G. – Black Ideas Grant

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

B.I.G. – Black Ideas Grant

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

B.I.G. – Black Ideas Grant

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Join the Foundation for Black Communities for an online information session regarding the Black Ideas Grant: Bridge and Build Fund 2023. This new offering represents a significant investment of $8.9 million to acknowledge and support solution-oriented initiatives led by Canada's Black communities. This inaugural program will fund some of the immediate and direct needs of Black communities and give valuable insights for future funding programs.

  • December 19th at 3:00 pm EST (Simultaneous Translation)
  • December 21st at 11:00 am EST (Simultaneous Translation)
  • January 16th at 1:00 pm EST (English)
  • January 18th at 1:00 pm EST (French)

Past Sessions, Recordings, and Slide Decks

December 13, 2023 FFBC & B.I.G. Webinar:

December 19, 2023 B.I.G. Information Webinar:

January 16, 2024 B.I.G. Information Webinar:

B.I.G. – Black Ideas Grant

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

For the Foundation for Black Communities to be successful, we need the voice, and expertise of all Black communities. The importance of community is central to FFBC's participatory grant making process.

Our approach is based on the idea that we are interconnected, and we can improve the conditions for ourselves by improving the conditions for those around us.

All FFBC funding recommendations are made by Community Selection Circles, composed of 50% applicants and 50% wider community members.

Community Selection Circles will recommend applicants for consideration by the board.

FFBC Staff will support community members with the review process.

Thank you for your interest in joining our Community Selection Circles! Applications are now closed.

B.I.G. – Black Ideas Grant:
Committee Selection Circles (hidden)

For the Foundation for Black Communities to be successful, we need the voice, and expertise of all Black communities. The importance of community is central to FFBC’s participatory grant making process.

Our approach is based on the idea that we are interconnected, and we can improve the conditions for ourselves by improving the conditions for those around us.

All FFBC funding recommendations are made by Community Selection Circles, composed of 50% applicants and 50% wider community members.

Community Selection Circles will recommend applicants for consideration by the board.

FFBC Staff will support community members with the review process.

Applications open on December 14, 2023 and close on January 12, 2024 at 11:59 PT.

If you have any further questions, please contact fund@forblackcommunities.org

Other Languages

Please note, applications are closed.

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