In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on the Black communities the City of Toronto has allocated $50,000 to the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals (CEE) for disbursement to B3 organizations located in Toronto. CEE will serve as the trustee organization, supporting successful grantees in areas of disbursement, fiscal oversight, and capacity building.
This response micro-grant is meant to support the supply of urgent services/necessities in the wake of COVID-19. The purpose is to enable B3 organizations who have been supporting the community through this pandemic to continue essential and survival services or enhance their capacity to respond to community needs.
Priority is given to continental African groups, grassroots and emerging non-profit organizations operating in Toronto. Please note, successful applicants must adhere to the public health guidelines for engagement.
Please review the entire grant guidelines – see tabs below – before considering applying.
Applications must be submitted by July 31st, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
To apply for this grant CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM. Please note that you will be required to answer a series of questions and upload a work plan and budget.
All applicants will be advised of the outcome by August 11th, 2020
Applicants can submit a single application for a one-time grant of up to $5,000.
Please note, your budget must include a 10% trustee fee to The CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals
Once the funding has been allotted, successful applicants will have eight (8) weeks to use funding in its entirety.
For the purpose of this initiative the grant supports emerging organizations or groups that meet the following requirements:
• Is a B3 organization: Black, Black-lead and Black-serving (see terms of reference below)
• Be based in Toronto
• Adhere to the requirements stipulated in this call-out grant guideline
• Voluntary driven
• Incorporated or unincorporated,
• Actively providing services and programming
• In compliance with City of Toronto COVID 19 Public Health procedures in terms of the delivery of programs and services
• Working with Toronto’s most vulnerable population
• Is in good standing with the City of Toronto
• Less than 2-10 years of not for profit track record and experience
• Have an annual budget of under $500 000
• Have a maximum of 10 staff members or volunteers
• Be currently providing essential and emergency support services
• Be providing one or more of the following services: laptops, tablets, cell phones, internet access, TTC, transportation, food/gift cards, Black hygiene kits/products, and vouchers etc.
• Be able to utilize and report back on funds at the end of two and a half months
TERMS OF REFERENCE:
B3 refers to organizations that meet the following three criteria:
• Supports causes that impact the Black community
• Has Black service users
• Identifies itself as a Black organization serving the Black community
• A governance structure that is Black (i.e. most board members are Black)
• Most senior management staff are Black
• The main population or service users are Black
• An organization that explicitly (i.e. through vision, mission, or strategic plan) serves the Black community
• An organization that uses an African-centered, cultural, approach