For Immediate Release

The Foundation for Black Communities distributes $800,000 through the Ontario Youth Wellness Grant

In partnership with MLSE Foundation, the Ontario Youth Wellness Grant is funding Black-focused youth wellness initiatives across Ontario.

February 14th, 2023, (Toronto, ON) – The Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Ontario Youth Wellness Grant, Explore stream – an $800,000 program to support Black communities to explore ideas, projects, structures, and systems that positively impact youth wellness through sports and recreation in Ontario. The grant is supported by funds from MLSE Foundation’s Change the Game Campaign, which invests in organizations that address systemic barriers preventing youth from reaching their potential.

“We are thrilled to announce the recipients of FFBCs Ontario Youth Wellness Grants. We applaud the work of each of these organizations and thank them for their tireless efforts to ensure the wellbeing of Black youth across Ontario,” shares Gladys Ahovi, President & CEO, Foundation for Black Communities.

The objective of the grant is to:

  • Increase the quantity and improve the quality of wellness programs for Black youth (ages 6-29) in Ontario
  • Increase the capacity of Ontario’s Black organizations and leaders
  • Provide opportunities for organizational growth
  • Support planning and piloting of new ideas that employ sports and recreation to positively impact Ontario’s Black youth

“These inaugural grants represent a meaningful step forward in the recognition and respect of agency for Black communities,” said Bridgette Estrela, Managing Director, MLSE Foundation & Social Impact. “MLSE Foundation is grateful to the Foundation for Black Communities for stewarding this work and we are hopeful that investments like these continue to be prioritized across the philanthropic sector.”

Funding for the second stream – Stabilize and Build – will be opening in the fall. This stream is open to registered charities and incorporated not-for-profits. A call for applications will be announced in the fall.

“The Foundation for Black Communities is privileged to support the innovative and impactful work of Black communities in Ontario,” says Omar, Omar, Director of Community Investments, Foundation for Black Communities.

33 grantee organizations have received funds in the amounts of $15,000 or greater to explore their wellness initiative.

For the full list of recipients, please visit

About the Foundation for Black Communities

The Foundation for Black Communities invests in change-making, working alongside the Canadian community, philanthropic, political, and business organizations to ensure that Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused non-profit, charitable, and grassroots organizations have the sustained resources and infrastructures they need to make a meaningful impact.

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