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.
ChangeUp Grants fund projects that:
We also consider the following criteria when assessing applications. While not mandatory, they strengthen your application. We look for projects that:
What we look for in project proposals:
ChangeUp Grants do not fund:
$10,000 grant toward eligible project costs.
How to apply
Please note: We can only assess one ChangeUp project proposal from an applicant at a time.
There are 2 rounds of ChangeUp Grants in 2017.
Round 1 Online Application Opens March 3rd, 2017
Application Deadline: April 17th, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST
Round 2 Online Application opens July 10th, 2017
Application Deadline: September 25th, 2017 5:00 PM EST
Questions? Please feel free to get in touch with us before you start your application to ensure that your ideas fit with the objectives and priorities of this program.
To be eligible to receive funding your organization must be a Canadian charity or a First Nations Band with qualified donee status with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Yes, but you will need to form a partnership with an eligible charitable organization. We cannot grant directly to not-for-profit organizations or First Nations Bands that do not have donee status with the CRA.
A qualified donee is an organization that can issue official donation receipts for gifts it receives from individuals and corporations. It can also receive gifts from registered charities.
Typically, informal groups or not-for-profit organizations form a partnership with a registered charity that is willing to act as a lead charitable partner/trustee. The lead partner/trustee will receive and administer the grant and will be accountable for particular legal and financial responsibilities.
Inspirit requires a confirmed agreement between your group and the charitable partner/trustee before officially providing a grant.
For more information about qualified donees, please go here.
If you have more questions about eligibility please contact us.
Eligible costs that support the project include:
Yes – but keep in mind that when assessing proposals, we do look at whether the budget is realistic for the planned activities.
If your project is eligible for other sources of funding or support, we encourage you to seek, or show that you have obtained, additional financial or in-kind support.
No. We can only consider one initiative per applicant organization or group in any ChangeUp granting phase. We can only grant once to an eligible grantee per year.
Please note that Inspirit requires grantees to maintain a minimum of $2 million in general liability insurance for the duration of the grant.
All applicants will be informed whether they have made the shortlist or not within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
Successful applicants will be informed within 6-8 weeks.
Absolutely. Due to the volume of applicants, we cannot automatically provide feedback to all, but we will endeavor to offer feedback from the review process to all who request it.
Yes. We recommend you do.
Some example projects include:
No – but we look for creative approaches that address discrimination and racism. We love unique and innovative ideas.
Not normally. In some instances, ChangeUp Grants can be used to develop media products if they are connected with an outreach strategy to engage audiences.
Not necessarily. Your project team must be led by people aged 18-34, but the project activities can be focused on engaging people of all ages.
Typically no. ChangeUp Grants do not fund projects where the primary activity is a conference, festival or event. However, if there is a strong alignment with the Foundation’s priority issues areas and grant guidelines, we do consider such proposals.
For information on collaborating with Inspirit on conferences, festivals, special events, please contact our Stakeholder and Engagement department.
Projects that aim to increase people’s awareness and understanding of others’ experiences, build recognition of shared experience across difference, and inspire actions that bridge difference.
For further information about our grants or our process, please contact Inspirit.