Apply for funding for the Canada Service Corps Program – Micro-grants Diversity stream

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Application period Closed

Current status: Closed

Applicants should not start their proposed projects until:

Please note that not all applications submitted under this process will be approved. Funding is limited. It is subject to budget considerations of ESDC and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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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 CSC supports different types of service opportunities. In this CFP, each program stream requires a unique application. There are 4 streams in this Call for Proposals:

All streams will have an intake through a Call for Proposals, and eligible organizations may only submit one application per stream. Applications will be screened for eligibility and assessed against the criteria outlined on this page and in the Applicant Guides.


The Canada Service Corps (CSC) promotes civic engagement among young people from 15 to 30 years old through access to meaningful volunteer service that help them gain essential life skills and experience.

Objective of the CFP

The objective of this CFP is to continue to expand the CSC program and strengthen diversity. This goal is aligned with the Government of Canada’s commitment to youth programming and the pledge to equity, diversity and inclusion through the new Anti-racism Strategy. This CFP identifies the engagement of Indigenous and under-served youth as a key program focus and the need to increase the level of participation of these youths in the program.

This CFP will invest up to $42,675,000, over fiscal years 2022-23 and 2023-24 in Grants and Contributions (Gs&Cs) to provide multi-year funding to eligible organizations in the Micro-grants Diversity stream to deliver new micro-grants with diverse organizations.

Objective of the Micro-grants Diversity stream

The objective of this stream is to fund diverse organizations that are well-placed to reach and support youth in their communities, in particular Indigenous and under-served youth. These organizations would do so by delivering supports to youth and providing them with small, one-time cash payments (“micro-grants”) to carry out innovative short-term service projects. Youth participants would develop a budget plan and receive funds up to a maximum of $5,000 per participant to undertake their project and through this experience, would develop skills like leadership, planning and budgeting skills among others.

In this stream, Program Specific Questions are used to determine whether organizations meet the diversity-related eligibility criteria. These questions ask organizations to identify any Indigenous or under-served populations they serve. Organizations will then be asked to answer a yes or no question as to whether at least 50% of their leadership and 50% of their governance (if applicable) represents one or more of the groups that the applicant indicates it currently serves. These criteria allow organizations to demonstrate that their leadership and/or governance is primarily comprised of people from Indigenous and under-served populations (i.e. visible minority/racialized people; persons with disabilities; LGBTQ2 people; and, people from OLMC):

Organizations in this stream will:

Project proposals must describe:

Project requirements

This section describes the mandatory requirements for projects in the Micro-grants Diversity stream. Your application will be assessed based on how it meets the requirements listed below.

Projects in this stream will be required to:

Eligible applicants must:


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.

Eligible participants

In order to be an “eligible participant,” an individual must be:

  1. A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or has been granted refugee status in Canada; and
  2. At least 15 years of age upon starting participation in the program and no older than 30 years of age at time of application.

Eligible activities

Eligible activities in this stream may include, but are not limited to the following:

Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures are those considered necessary to support the purpose of the funding. The following expenditures are eligible for your project in this Call for Proposals:

Where the recipient further distributes contribution funding to a third-party organization to carry out project activities, payments from the recipient to the third party to reimburse the latter for the above-listed types of expenditures incurred are also eligible expenditures.

Other eligibility requirements

Contact us

If you have questions about this call for proposals, send an email to NC-DGOP-POB-CSC-SJC-GD@SERVICECANADA.GC.CA. Please use the following naming convention in the subject line of your email when sending an inquiry: Organization Name-CSC Micro-grants Diversity stream-Question.

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