We’re excited to announce that ChangeUp has had a makeover. Previous Inspirit grantees and Learning Opportunities fellows are now eligible for increased funding and additional training to support projects and professional growth.
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Inspirit will support young Indigenous, Muslim, and racialized people (18-34 years-old) working in media and arts to grow their potential as leaders, creative catalysts, and agents of social change.
Eight to twelve (8-12) grants are available, each worth up to $25,000. Funding can be used for a combination of media and arts-based projects and self-selected capacity-building activities. Projects must seek to challenge discrimination and advance engagement with ethnic, racial, or religious diversity to foster pluralism in Canada. Selected grantees will join a cohort that will receive additional leadership training and networking opportunities through 2020.
To Apply for ChangeUp 2019 You Must:
About the Grant:
The grant has two components:
Applications must include a project-funding proposal in order to be eligible. The capacity building component is optional and will not be considered on its own.
The combined amount requested cannot exceed $25,000 and all activities must take place within a 12-month period.
Proposed Projects Must:
What We’re Looking for in Project Proposals:
What We’re Looking for in Proposed Capacity Building Activities:
Eligible Capacity Building Activities:
* Please note that we cannot fund post-secondary tuition.
Examples of Combined Project and Capacity Building Proposals:
ChangeUp Does Not Fund:
If you meet our eligibility criteria and would like to apply for ChangeUp, please click on the ‘apply’ button below.
The application deadline is October 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm EST.
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 that do not have CRA status.
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.
Eligible costs 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 for this granting program 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.
Successful applicants will be informed within 6-8 weeks of the application deadline.
Applicants who are not selected will be informed within 8-12 weeks and will have an opportunity to request feedback.
For projects that are offered a grant, we ask for the following information:
Unfortunately, given capacity constraints, we are unable to offer feedback on application drafts. However, if you have a project idea you would like to chat with us about, we encourage you to reach out to us.
Absolutely. Due to the volume of applicants we cannot automatically provide feedback to all, but we will endeavour to offer feedback from the review process to all who request it.
At Inspirit we see media and arts as powerful strategies to leverage storytelling and narrative to foster understanding, elicit empathy, imagine a just future, and catalyze social change.
For Inspirit, the arts include creative processes or products, as well as forms of traditional, contemporary, and popular culture. We see media as encompassing platforms for sharing information or stories with large numbers of people, including documentary film, journalism, public media, digital media, and others.
We look for projects that use the power of story, and the tools of media and arts, to engage participants or audiences in meaningful ways to challenge ethnic, racial, or religious discrimination and foster pluralism.
In some instances, ChangeUp funding can be used to develop content if the content is connected with a clearly defined outreach strategy to engage audiences.
In addition, no more than 50% of the total project budget can be allocated towards content production.
This is not a requirement. Your project team must be led by people aged 18-34, but the project activities can be focused on engaging people of all ages.
Yes. If there is a strong alignment with the Foundation’s priority issues areas and grant guidelines, we will consider such proposals.
Please note the following caveats:
For further information about our grants or our process, please contact us.
Projects that “experiment” will test previously untried approaches and will enable you and your organization to explore the feasibility of a new idea. Experimentation may involve piloting new approaches to outreach, new approaches to content production, or a new project concept that builds on a previous body of work.
“Growing” your project will involve adapting or expanding a program/concept/idea that you have previously tested so that it can achieve greater impact. You might grow your project by engaging new audiences or communities, refining aspects of the project’s design and delivery, or building networks and relationships that you can leverage to further the success of your project.
Capacity building activities are opportunities for learning such as conferences, industry events, mentorships, collaborations with advisor/mentor consultants, and workshops. By participating in such opportunities, you or your project team might gain useful new connections in your industry, or new skills relevant to your areas of work. Funding for capacity building activities may also allow you to contract an advisor to mentor you and your organization through an important period or transition, such as strategic planning or applying for non-profit status.
Yes. While we encourage you to seek out opportunities for learning within Canada, we recognize that sometimes, opportunities to further leadership development in a specific field or area of practice are only available abroad. In your application, you must be able to describe how the chosen learning opportunity will contribute to your leadership practice, and demonstrate that no similar opportunities are available in Canada.
Please also keep in mind that Inspirit can only provide up to $5,000.00 in funding for capacity building activities and will not cover any additional costs incurred.
Yes. It is not necessary to apply for the capacity building activities component of the grant in order to apply for project funding. Should you choose to apply for a project on its own, Inspirit can provide up to $20,000.00 in funding.
No. You can only apply for funding for capacity building activities when they are accompanied by a project.
For further information about Inspirit’s revised ChangeUp guidelines or application process, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.