Black Mandated Funding Framework (BMFF)
Micro Grant Adjudicator Volunteer Opportunity
The CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals is a Toronto based charity that is dedicated to addressing the economic and social barriers that affect Black youth ages 14 and over who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET). Our mission is to create a society and economy in which Black youth achieve financial prosperity and high quality of life for themselves and their families to contribute to the advancement of Canada.
Black to The Future (BTTF) is a capacity-building initiative aimed to strengthen leadership and organizational scale of Black-focused, Black-lead and Black-serving (B3) non-profits and grassroots organizations in Toronto. BTTF was shaped through a collaborative process between the Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Unit at the City of Toronto and Black community organizations and leaders who joined together to co-create and deliver three capacity-building initiatives: Action Grant, Community of Practice and the BTTF Summit in 2019. This co-creative endeavour was extensive as it involved 19 Black-focused, Black-lead and Black-serving organizations that engaged in this development and consultation process.
The following three initiatives have been the foundation for BTTF:
Capacity Building Initiatives:
1. Community of Practice (COP)
The COP provides a space for on-going learning, relationship building and the opportunity to amplify leadership among B3 non-profits and Black professionals in the community development sector. We share the common concern of a set of problems or passion for topics. This allows us to come together to deepen our knowledge and expertise.
Action/Micro-Grant was established to strengthen the organizational capacity and scale of grassroots and emerging B3 organizations to effectively serve Black communities. The long-term goal is to foster a critical mass of B3 programs and services that are diverse in its focus.
3. BTTF Summit
The BTTF Summit is a one-day conference that brings together industry leaders and experts to deliver actionable best training, best practices, advocacy and networking to scale B3 organizations.
Currently, BTTF has over 100 – B3 organizations and Black professional leaders from the social service sector as members of the Community of Practice who attend meetings, learning labs and who have applied to numerous grant applications.
In 2021, the City of Toronto established the Black–Mandated Funding Framework (BMFF) to provide the financial support necessary to strengthen the operational capacity of B3 (Black-led, Black-Focused, Black-serving) grassroots and emerging organizations located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The City of Toronto selected the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals to serve as the intermediary organization for the disbursement of these funds. B3 organizations can apply for a one-time micro-grant up to a maximum of $20,000 for their capacity-building initiative. A total of five (5) organizations will be awarded these grant funds.
CEE is seeking the assistance of five (5) volunteer “Grant Adjudicators” to join our Grant Review Committee as part of the BMFF Grant Selection process. These members will review all applications submitted in this grant cycle and make granting recommendations based on pre-determined criteria and an assessment process established by CEE.
Successful candidates will have:
• A clear understanding of, and agreement with, CEE’s mission and vision;
• An understanding of Anti-Black Racism, systemic racism and their effects on Black communities in the GTA;
• The ability to apply CEE’s selection criteria and make recommendations in a fair and unbiased manner;
• An appreciation of the barriers facing B3 organizations; particularly grassroots and emerging organizations, nonprofits and charities due to systemic racism;
• Previous experience reviewing or adjudicating grant applications, or experience working for a Black community focused not-for-profit or charity will be considered an asset.
All applications must be submitted by no later than Friday, March 25, 2022, at 5pm.
Any submissions received later than this date and time will not be accepted.
All Grant Review Committee Adjudicators will be required to participate in a virtual orientation session on April 4, 2022 and sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. As mentioned above, the Grant Review process will require your assistance to make granting recommendations from a list of pre-qualified applicants.