Solicited Call under the Canada Service Corps – Accelerator Micro-grants Stream

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

On this page

Application period Closed

Invited organizations can apply between February 8, 2022, to March 22, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Projects are expected to begin in Fall 2022.

Note: Only organizations invited by Employment and Social Development Canada can apply.

The Solicited Call for Proposals is a competitive process and not all applications for funding submitted under this CFP will be selected. Funding is limited and subject to ESDC’s yearly budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament.

The Government of Canada reserves the right to accept an application for funding in whole or in part. Incomplete applications may be screened out.

Description of the funding

The Canada Service Corps (CSC) supports a national movement to, build a culture of service in Canada.

It encourages youth between 15 and 30 years of age, to give back to their community through meaningful service, with unique opportunities to:

Projects should focus on at least one of the following service themes:

The Accelerator Micro-grants Stream has a competitive solicited intake. Certain organizations are invited to submit a proposal, and applications will be screened for eligibility and assessed against the criteria outlined in this document. Not all organizations will receive funding.


The Accelerator Micro-grants Stream has a competitive solicited intake. The objective is to test accelerator micro-grant delivery with CSC alumni, i.e. youth who have already completed a service opportunity with CSC. Organizations in this stream will design and deliver accelerator micro-grants to motivate altruistic behavior, help remove barriers, including financial ones, and to enable service objectives. With the goal of fostering a culture of service in Canada, participants will apply to receive funds up to $5,000 per participant to remove barriers and to accelerate or incubate their pre-existing ideas for service and civic engagement.

Project proposals must describe:

Organizations solicited for funding

ESDC has determined that a competitive, solicited call for proposals is the most effective process. Organizations have been identified and invited to apply under this funding for based on their ability to develop and facilitate youth volunteer service opportunities for CSC alumni.


This section describes how your application will be screened to determine its eligibility. Your application must meet the eligibility criteria listed below to apply for this program. Otherwise, your application will be deemed ineligible.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are:

Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec: Ministère du Conseil Exécutif (M-30)

The Quebec National Assembly adopted An Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (M-30). The provisions of this Act include certain conditions on Quebec government bodies and certain other entities wanting to contract with the federal government. You may wish to consult the provisions of M-30 at the following website prior to submitting your Application for Funding to ensure compliance with the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (M-30). Any entity that is subject to the Act is responsible for obtaining such authorization before signing any agreement with the Government of Canada.

New leveraging requirement

As of April 1, 2023, recipients will be required to contribute a portion of the project funding from sources other than funds from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) towards their project. This is known as a leveraging requirement.

This means that ESDC’s contribution towards approved projects will be for a maximum of 75% of the total project’s cost and the organization must source funds of 25% of the total project costs. This funding could come from the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and/or the federal or other levels of government. The leveraging requirement may also be satisfied by cash or in-kind contributions to the project by the Applicant organization.

If your organization’s proposed project is approved, there will be a 25% holdback of the total project costs. The 25% holdback is meant to guard against a scenario where an organization fails to meet the 25% leveraging requirement over the course of the project.

If your organization’s proposed project is approved, the terms and conditions for how the leveraging requirement will be satisfied over the course of the project will be set out in the funding agreement, including the release of holdback funds.

Additional details are provided in the Applicant Guide.

Contact us

If you have questions, please email us at before March 18, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) (ET).

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: