Grants & Opportunities

ChangeUp Grant

ChangeUp grants create opportunities for people aged 18-34 to initiate creative solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. The $10,000 one-time grants are for projects that implement creative strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion. Through the grants, Inspirit Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the development of effective, connected and influential young change leaders. We’re accepting ChangeUp applications until September 25th, 2017.

Media and Arts Impact Grant

We are no longer accepting applications for the Media and Arts Impact grant in 2017. If you wish to learn more about the program and future opportunities in 2018 please contact Chris Lee, Manager of Grants and Media Impact Funding at clee@inspiritfoundation.org

2016 GRANTS
  • Sharing Stories for Solidarity in Saskatoon
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • CRE Saskatoon united Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people aged 14 to 30 in 16 weeks of transformational youth leadership programming in Saskatoon. The bi-weekly programming focused on reconciliation….
  • Knowledge is Pow Wow (KPW)
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • A community-based festival building on the success of 2015 KPW workshop series and showcase. KPW creates safe spaces for dialogue and exploration of issues relating to discrimination, prejudice, especially religious….
  • The Opening Minds Project: Community TV & Radio Broadcast Series on Islamophobia
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • In collaboration with Regent Park Focus, Tusma led the production of a five-part multi-media series identifying the micro/meso/macro levels to Islamophobia. The project engaged youth….
  • (UN)COVERED: How We Choose to Cover Our Heads
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • (UN)COVERED is a youth-led photography project and travelling exhibit that addressed sexism and Islamophobia through portraits of different female head coverings. Conceptualized, created and curated….
  • The Truth & Dare Project – Youth Leadership Program
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • Over 16 weeks, the Truth & Dare Project – Youth Leadership Program placed young Muslim women in visible leadership roles. The Youth Leadership Team was mentored to take on leadership and decision-making roles….
  • Having Faith in Each Other
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • CMLI members gathered stories/experiences of how youth have responded to racism and engaged different faith/social groups to examine these experiences, and then produced videos accounts of these conversations….
  • Responsibility, Right Relations & Reconciliation: Nogojiwanong YSI 2016-17
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • This project offered a variety of opportunities for first-hand, creative and practical bridge-building across diverse youth backgrounds in the region. Through a particular emphasis on Indigenous and Muslim communities….
  • Métissages Urbains
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • Métissages Urbains is an inclusive artistic residency program in public space that combines artistic co-creation, development of critical thinking, and citizen participation. This project specifically aims at exploring….
  • LOVE Nova Scotia Leadership Retreat
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • The project was a 4-day, 3-night retreat bringing together youth leaders from Halifax, Sipekne’katik First Nation, and Membertou First Nation. The purpose of this retreat was to hone leadership skills….
  • MABELLE Youth Leaders: Building Bridges of Celebration
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • Three project leaders from different cultural backgrounds mentored 15 Muslim and non-Muslim youth in imagining and producing 4 Iftar Nights in a low-income neighbourhood. Workshops on Islamophobia….
  • NGen Allyship: Islamophobia, Transphobia, Homophobia
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • Through a series of youth-led arts-based and popular education learning opportunities, this project addressed issues of Islamophobia, homophobia & transphobia, focusing on youth with personal experience….
  • Nations and Migrations Film Series / Comfortable Truths Campaign
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $60000
  • Nations and Migrations involved four ‘groundswell’ screenings (Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver) of documentaries focused on themes of nationhood, immigration and belonging. The campaign engaged….
  • Reconciliatory-enhanced National Film + Video Tour, Workshops and Discourse
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $40000 x 3 Years
  • This grant is helping enhance and frame imagineNATIVE’s annual national Film + Video Tour to present, develop work and dialogue around reconciliatory-themed content. Content will be activated in annual cycles….
  • The Sidra Project
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $50000
  • The Sidra Project used new virtual reality technology and a community engagement process to build empathy and support for refugees and resettlement. This collaboration between United Nations ….
  • Stories for Reconciliation
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $50000
  • This 18 month arts-based reconciliation project engages 10 teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who create segments pieced together to produce a national Story Blanket art piece. Each segment represents….
  • Terrain of Thought
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $40000
  • Terrain of Thought catalyzed country-wide, transformational, participatory inter-cultural arts practices to support (Re)conciliation.This was done by placing young emerging community arts leaders across regions….
  • Understanding Media Portrayals of Islam & Muslims + How to Tell Your Own Story
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $20000
  • This grant enabled NCCM to workshop an evolving youth-focused media literacy toolkit aiming to support young people in identifying Islamophobic stereotypes in mainstream media and support them with skills….
2014 GRANTS
  • Nourrir la tolerance et la citoyennete/Nurturing tolerance and citizenship
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $25000
  • In collaboration with Maison Passages, a shelter serving young women in Montreal, this project supported the group to develop a community garden while learning about how food, religion….
  • Youth Inspiring Strong Communities
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15000
  • The project supported the creation of a team of diverse young people from the city of Fredericton to work together to host a series of community events and dialogues that aim to build cross-cultural relationships….
  • Fossil Free Faith Youth Leadership Initiative
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $25000
  • The project developed and supported a team of “Fossil Free Fellows” of different beliefs and backgrounds to work across faith and cultural communities to build a stronger climate justice youth movement in BC….
  • Knowledge is Pow Wow
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $14000
  • This youth-driven project aimed to encourage the community to take part in a discussion of pluralism and Edmonton’s growing diversity of beliefs, as well as offering an opportunity to foster relationships….
  • Recipe for Harmony – Faithfully Yours
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15000
  • This project engaged youth in producing their own multi-media projects to share their thoughts on common elements amongst different faith and belief traditions, and supports youth to share their voices to build positive….
  • Perspectives on Faith & Identity:
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15000
  • This youth-driven multimedia project brought together young people from local Sikh, Muslim, Jewish and First Nations communities to improve awareness and education about issues related to the growing diversity….
  • Memory Walk Vancouver
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $20000
  • Memory Walk Vancouver supported a diverse group of young adults to create short films about forgotten or untold stories represented both by historic and cultural monuments and sites of injustice ….
  • Many Faiths – One Common Thread
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $24000
  • This project supported a diverse group of young adults to explore and share different beliefs and ways of knowing within the Surrey community through activities that build relationships around common values and concerns….
  • The Peace Garden: a multi-faith gardening project
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $25000
  • A diverse group of young adults reflecting the ethnic and spiritual makeup of Malton (including young people of Sikh, Islamic, Hindu, Christian backgrounds) worked together to grow and harvest produce for several….
  • Young Spirit Circles
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $25000
  • Partners worked with Ontario-based organizations to develop and host youth-led gatherings in communities across Ontario including Algoma District and Toronto, that aimed to build relationships between youth….
  • Project Acorn: Nurturing the intersections between LGBTQ+ and faith communities
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15000
  • Young people within the Ten Oaks community developed and facilitated opportunities for their peers to explore the intersections between LGBTQ+ and faith communities, and develop programming inclusive….
  • Social Justice Dialogues Youth Media Project
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $12802
  • Young media makers from Regent Park and around the Toronto curated, produced, and broadcasted a series of discussions with local leaders, scholars, and practitioners of diverse religious and spiritual beliefs….
  • Restoration and reconciliation in North End Halifax
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $21000
  • After receiving training in collaborative project facilitation, a group of young adults reflecting the diversity of the North End were mentored and supported by older changemakers from different local cultural….
  • Sharing Our Spirit
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $22637
  • Partners supported a group of young women of different backgrounds and beliefs to learn from one another and work together to build relationships and understanding across faith….
  • The Elements Experiment
  • Type Of Grant: National Impact
  • The Elements Experiment has two components: 1) an online space featuring original academic, journalistic or creative work created by young adults from across Canada on the themes of religion….
  • 4Rs Initiative
  • Type Of Grant: National Impact
  • Guided by four principles: Respect, Reconciliation, Reciprocity, and Relevance, this youth-led initiative is a collaboration of five national youth-serving organizations, six national Aboriginal organizations….
  • Sharing Stories for Solidarity in Saskatoon
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10000
  • CRE Saskatoon united Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people aged 14 to 30 in 16 weeks of transformational youth leadership programming in Saskatoon. The bi-weekly programming focused on reconciliation….
2013 GRANTS
  • Building Peace: From Tolerance to Appreciation
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15,000.00
  • This project enabled a diverse group of young adults to conduct and document interviews with members of various spiritual communities in Edmonton, as part of #YEGDialogues: One Nation, Many Faiths….
  • Young Adult Project Interfaith
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15000
  • This project created opportunities for a diverse group of young adults to learn about each other’s personal and faith backgrounds, and to co-create cultural and educational events that raise awareness of and celebrate….
  • Rural Youth Diversity Project
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $21140
  • Working directly with five different rural communities, the Rural Youth Diversity Project (the “Diversity Project”) engaged young adults aged 18-30 from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds in dialogue to share experiences….
  • Interfaith Young Leaders Social Justice Fellowship
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $13010
  • This project brought together an interfaith and intercultural group of 16 young leaders to build bridges between communities and community organizations, while engaging in opportunities for leadership development….
  • Dream Catcher Project- The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residential Project for BC Youth
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $9999
  • A residential camp for youth from around BC including First Nations youth, enabled participants to share in a collaborative learning environment. Attendee program included team-building activities, dialogues….
  • Intercultural Ambassadors
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15000
  • Young adults participated in seminars focusing on improving their knowledge about different communities of belief and the complexity of what happens when there is a clash between beliefs – secular or religious….
  • Emerging Leaders St. John’s: Inspire. Share. Impact.
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $19871
  • This project brought together young people (aged 18-30) from diverse faiths and backgrounds to build their community leadership skills, learn from one another, and collaborate on community projects….
  • Kinship
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20181
  • Kinship extended an invitation for young adults from Chester to Yarmouth on the South Shore of Nova Scotia to connect and share their beliefs, practices and questions as they related to finding meaning….
  • Outta My Mind
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20200
  • This project presented an opportunity for youth to gather across cultural, spiritual, and ability differences for the purpose of sharing personal stories and experiences with “the sacred….
  • Spirit Swap
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $9999
  • This project brought together youth (aged 18-30) of different spiritual beliefs and backgrounds and created opportunities for them to engage each other in a discussion around spirituality and identity….
  • Common Grounds Media Project
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20200
  • The project brought together diverse young Canadians aged 18-30 with varying spiritual, religious and secular beliefs to create media products engaging both participants and community members in a dialogue….
  • Crowdmapping Pluralism in YEG
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20200
  • This project strengthened the ability of a diverse cohort of youth participants and communities to use multimedia, social media and web technologies as tools for enhancing the sharing, understanding….
  • Crowdmapping Pluralism in YEG
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20200
  • This project strengthened the ability of a diverse cohort of youth participants and communities to use multimedia, social media and web technologies as tools for enhancing the sharing, understanding….
  • Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15000
  • With the collaboration of a team of youth (aged 18-30) referred through religious and secular partner organizations, this project probed pluralism through discussions and the creation of video vignettes….
  • Youth Help Red Cross Embrace Diversity
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15000
  • A diverse cohort of young adults prepared a series of Community Diversity Profiles of different spiritual and religious communities in Saskatchewan through research and outreach activities….
2012 GRANTS
  • Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize
  • Type Of Grant- National Impact
  • $10,000.00 (per year)
  • Launched in 2012 in partnership with Hot Docs, the Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize was awarded to a
    Canadian documentary that addressed issues of pluralism and diversity of beliefs….
  • Young Adult Interfaith Project
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • The Young Adult Interfaith Project included drop-in gatherings and tours of local places of worship. The goal was to encourage young Canadians to create more inclusive communities by learning about different faith groups….
  • Collaborating for Community Engagement: Young Faith Leaders and Apathy is Boring.
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • The Collaborating for Community Engagement: Young Faith Leaders and Apathy is Boring project supported young leaders of diverse beliefs facing the common challenge of reaching out to unengaged peers….
  • Human Library on Religion and Spirituality Curated, Promoted and Documented by Montreal Youth.
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • Young Canadians of different beliefs created a Human Library with the theme Youth, Religion and Spirituality: Fostering Dialogue and Understanding for a Better Future….
  • Visions of Unity in Diversity.
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $18000
  • The Intercultural Young Women’s Leadership Project & Youth-Led Community Actions brought together young women from diverse ethnicities and belief systems, representing 25 communities across Canada….
  • Bridging Healing and Reconciliation in Edmonton
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • TBridging Healing and Reconciliation in Edmonton aimed to deepen connections between youth through educational programming on diversity, with a focus on integrating Aboriginal perspectives….
  • Indigenous Ways of Being on Turtle Island
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • Through the Indigenous Ways of Being on Turtle Island project, Aboriginal youth introduced newcomer youth to Indigenous history, spirituality and strategies that support social integration….
  • Dialogue on Duluth
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $15000
  • The Dialogue on Duluth project aimed to connect young people around the shared goal of transforming their neighbourhood into an eco-conscious urban community. The initiative included a series of dialogues….
  • OneVoice
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $12000
  • The OneVoice project provided a forum for youth to use faith as a means of communication and understanding as opposed to a means for conflict. It addressed misunderstanding through education….
  • Indigi-asia Cross Cultural Exchange Program
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $5000
  • The Indigi-asia Cross Cultural Exchange Program created new friendships in a downtown neighbourhood between the local Chinese and Indigenous communities. It supported young adults of both backgrounds….
  • Nipawin Oasis Building Bridges with Culture and Young Adults
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $10000
  • Through the Nipawin Oasis Building Bridges with Culture and Young Adults project the First Nation, Métis & Inuit and the non-Aboriginal people in Nipawin shared elements of Aboriginal culture, spirituality….
  • The Sacred Water Circle Youth Voices Project
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • In the Sacred Water Circle Youth Voices Project an interfaith youth advisory panel, including First Nations youth, participants developed a unified vision and action plan for an environmental conference….
  • The Seva Project
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $15000
  • Through the Seva Project young Canadians participated in a leadership development program where they created volunteer partnerships with secular and faith-based organizations and mobilized other young people….
  • Young Adults Connect Diverse Communities in Lunenburg Queens through Stories and Art
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • This project addressed the need to raise awareness and understanding of the growing diversity of spiritual and secular orientations in a rural community…..
  • The Spiritus Project
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20000
  • The Spiritus Project is a transmedia theatrical project that addressed community challenges such as religion, race and discrimination. …..
  • The Spirit of Social Change Series
  • Type Of Grant- National Impact
  • $25000
  • The Spirit of Social Change was a series of conversations held in universities across Canada. The goal of the series was to ignite discussions on how the spiritual, moral,….
  • Divine Interventions: Documentary, Spirituality and Social Justice
  • Type Of Grant- National Impact
  • $25000
  • Through a series of documentary screenings followed by panel discussions and open forum dialogues on Canadian campuses, students explored the role that spirituality, religion….