Capacity Building Program for Black-Led Organizations Closing April 24

Applications for an innovative grant and capacity-building program, specifically aimed at supporting Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused non-profits and charities in Canada, are set to close on April 24, 2024. The Black Opportunity Fund (BOF), in collaboration with the Black Canadian Fundraisers Collective (BCFC), has launched this national initiative to bolster organizations tackling community needs.

Black Opportunity Fund

Supported by substantial contributions from the TD Ready Commitment and the RBC Foundation, the BOF/BCFC B3 Capacity Development Program is designed to foster growth and sustainability within Black communities. “This is more than just a funding opportunity; it’s a chance to build a robust framework for community-driven solutions,” said a spokesperson for BOF.

The 8-month pilot program will select twenty-five organizations across the country, focusing on those operating within the Halifax Regional Municipality and East Hants, the Greater Toronto Area, and Windsor-Essex County. These areas have been chosen to benefit from additional financial support from local philanthropic entities like United Way Halifax and The Toronto Foundation.

Participants will receive $20,000 to support their operational and programmatic needs. Additionally, the program includes professional coaching from certified Black coaches, training in nonprofit management, and access to a wealth of online resources aimed at enhancing organizational effectiveness.

To ensure comprehensive involvement, the program requires that each selected organization dedicate key leaders who can commit to approximately 4.5 hours weekly to engage fully with the program’s diverse offerings, totaling 35 hours per month. “We’re looking for organizations that are ready to lead and innovate,” added the spokesperson.

The initiative highlights a proactive step towards addressing the unique challenges faced by Black communities in Canada, promising not only to support but also to empower these crucial organizations in their vital work.