Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program

The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program supports the mandate of the Department of Canadian Heritage by building on Canada's strength as a diverse and inclusive society.

The Program's objective is to build an integrated, socially cohesive society by:

  • building bridges to promote intercultural understanding;
  • promoting equal opportunity for individuals of all origins; and
  • promoting citizenship, civic engagement and a healthy democracy.

The Program has three funding components: Events, Projects and Community Capacity Building. It also includes two separate initiatives, Community Support for Black Canadian Youth initiative and the Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism.

Events component – Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program

The Events component provides funding to community-based events that foster one or more of the following:

  • intercultural and interfaith understanding;
  • civic memory and pride;
  • respect for a healthy democracy; and
  • celebrations of a community's history and culture, such as heritage months recognized by Parliament.

Read more about who can apply for funding for the Events component.

Projects component – Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program

The Projects component provides funding for community development, anti-racism initiatives, and engagement projects that promote diversity and inclusion by encouraging interaction among community groups through projects that:

  • encourage positive interaction between cultural, religious, and ethnic communities in Canada; and
  • promote the expression of Canadians' multiple identities.

Read more about who can apply for funding for the Projects component.

Community Capacity Building component – Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program

The Community Capacity Building component provides funding for capacity building projects that will contribute to the recipient's ability to promote diversity and inclusion, and help achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • strengthening governance and building partnerships – building the capacity of organizations, and promoting collaboration between service providers;
  • e-capacity – building and/or strengthening the online and social media presence of eligible organizations;
  • establishing an overall external communication strategy; and
  • recruitment and training of volunteers.

Read more about who can apply for funding for the Community Capacity Building component.

Community Support for Black Canadian Youth

The Community Support for Black Canadian Youth initiative provides funding for projects that address the unique challenges faced by Black Canadian youth through:

  • combating discrimination through awareness raising and/or digital literacy;
  • providing opportunities for Black Canadian youth, and empowering them through the promotion of Black history, culture and identity; and
  • developing leadership skills and promoting civic engagement.

Read more about who can apply for funding for the Community Support for Black Canadian Youth initiative.

Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism

The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program will award grants of $250, $500 and $1,000 to support youth-led projects that promote diversity and inclusion, while addressing issues of racism and discrimination in local communities.

Read more about the Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism.

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