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Grant Objective

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



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


Grassroots and Emerging Organizations are defined here as:

Grassroots or emerging organizations are formed by an individual or small group to provide frontline/direct services to the community. These organizations can be incorporated or unincorporated; are voluntary driven and have been operating for under six years.

This grant is meant to fund emergency needs in the wake of COVID-19 only. Eligible needs include, but are not limited to: 

• Internet access

• TTC rides

• Transportation

• Food/gift cards

• Black hygiene kits/products (e.g. personal hygiene) 

• Vouchers

• Baby supplies

• PPE (e.g. sanitizers, gloves) for staff, clients, and volunteers 

• Cleaning supplies (e.g. bleach, soap, disinfect, mop)

• Online tools and subscriptions for emergency service enhancement and delivery (e.g. Google Teams, Zoom, materials/supplies for the safe engagement of the community during the pandemic.)   

• Cell phones

• Laptops/ Tablets (* It is understood that laptops/tablets are owned by the organization that purchased them but can be loaned to the community during the pandemic)

* All engagements must adhere to the public health guidelines. 

The grant is not intended to be used for the following: 

• Cash disbursements

• Medication

• Honorariums

• Staff salary

• Rent

• Non-essential office supplies and/or repairs

• Debt repayment or invoice reimbursement 

Demonstrated effort in serving the community during the pandemic: How have you been serving the community’s essential needs since the COVID-10 pandemic

Clear presentation of urgent operational or administrative needs to move and transfer programs and services online to meet the needs of Black Torontonians:

What is the product/service being funded?

Is this essential in wake of the pandemic


Is it demonstrated that the project is feasible in terms of time frame, resources etc.?

Does the proposed budget match the proposed plan?

Community engagement and impact:

How is the product or activity going to help those being served?

*****The final report is due by November 30th, 2020

Once the project is complete, successful applicants are required to report back to the original committee with the final product. After signing the MOU, agencies will be required to submit invoices in accordance with their application.

Reports, including data on the use of funds, its impact on service and proof of purchase receipts totaling the entire amount, will be required by November 30th 2020.

Should there be receipts for items outside the scope of this grant, or if the organization fails to provide receipts, there will be a request to repay allocated funds.

In order to ensure that the process is equitable, a panel of 3 will be selected to review all applications. 

All members of the panel will be community leaders and from Black, Black led and Black serving organizations. 

No person or organization represented on the grant review panel will be eligible to apply for the grant in order to mitigate conflict of interest. 

Once the panel has made its selections, the successful applicants will be publicized on this website and social media channels

For more information regarding the grant, email Shakera Mitchell Finance and Executive Officer.

Email: with the subject heading “COVID-19 Microgrant inquiry”. 

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