City of Edmonton launches $300K grant program for community anti-racism projects

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Four new grant programs from the City of Edmonton will strive to support youth and local organizations in developing anti-racism projects.

The four grants, totalling $300,000 in funding, launched Friday morning through the city’s anti-racism advisory committee to raise awareness and drive action on addressing racism. Committee chairwoman Shalini Sinha said the goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for residents to work together on building a more diverse and inclusive city.

“It is my hope, and the hope of the members of our committee, that these funds help transform the hearts and minds of citizens and communities in Edmonton,” Sinha said in a Friday morning statement. “To learn about and stand against our inheritance of systemic and internalized racism, notice our natural position as humans to stand in solidarity and unity together, and experience programs and actions that show us new ways of building our lives and society.”

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The first funding stream, the Youth Activation Grant, is geared toward youth aged 13-24 to activate and animate anti-racism initiatives and community action. A total of $25,000 is available in this stream with funding of up to $500 for each project. Applications must be supported by a supporting organization whose primary mandate includes supporting youth activities and must demonstrate how youth will be empowered to lead and implement the project.

A Project Ready Matching Grant, with $75,000 available, is open to community non-profits for anti-racism initiatives already in the works that require matching contributions. The Local Anti-racism Capacity Building/Innovation Grant will provide up to $10,000 to 10 organizations working on anti-racism activities that address barriers to participation and combat systemic racism.

The final and largest grant, titled the Local Community Participatory Action Research Grant, offers up to $25,000 to communities impacted by racism to support research activities that address local issues.

Grant applications can be found on the city’s website and are open until July 16.

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