Federal government to provide $25-million to assist Black community organizations

Ahmed Hussen

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced on Saturday that the Canadian government will provide $25 million over five years to assist Black community organizations.

A news release issued by Employment and Social Development Canada states that grassroots organizations will be able to apply for grants of up to $100,000 in late spring “to build the necessary capacity and infrastructure they need to better serve Black Canadian communities.”

The federal government will also work with Tropicana Community Services, the Black Business Initiative and Le Groupe 3737 ” to disburse investments,” the release also noted.

“Once fully establised as intermediaries, these organizations will launch their own funding calls, seeking proposals from grassroots organizations from across Canada for organizational capacity building projects before the end of  2020,” it said.

The federal government will also work with the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities which will act as” an expert service provider to the intermediaries and play a role in strengthening governance, service coordination, capacity building and systems change,” the release said.

Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, said Saturday’s announcement ” is a direct result of the strong advocacy and sustained activism of the leadership of the Black and African Canadian communities across Canada.”

He added that the announcement “is a brilliant way to recognize the UN International Decade for People of African Descent now and for years to come.”