2021 Grants

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Name of Grantee: Hot Docs 
Project Name: Podcast Development Lab
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $30,000 

The Hot Docs Podcast Development Lab will offer five fellowships for emerging BIPOC podcasters looking to develop their podcasting talent, and create an audio calling card that will help take their work to the next level. Funding from Inspirit supports the BIPOC Fellowship program, that will support participants with post-festival mentorship, industry-focused training, and seed funding. 

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Name of Grantee: IndigiNews
Project Name: Development Funding
Location: Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Grant Amount: $20,000 

IndigiNews aims to create relevant, valuable, and trustworthy content by listening to the Indigenous communities they serve. Reporters cover stories from the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island. Inspirit’s funding supports the organization’s growth and development. 

Name of Grantee: InsideWaterloo
Project Name: Development Funding
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Grant Amount: $30,000 

InsideWaterloo is an independent media initiative that amplifies diverse voices of Black, Indigenous and racialized residents living in the Waterloo Region in Ontario. Funding from Inspirit supports the media outlet’s development. 

Name of Grantee: The Resolve
Project Name: Development Funding
Location: Toronto, Ontario (National Scope)
Grant Amount: $22,500 

The Resolve is a BIPOC-led community-powered national platform for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour voices and stories. Inspirit’s funding supports the organization’s development. 

Name of Grantee: Peterborough Currents
Project Name: Fellowship Program – Development Funding
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
Grant Amount: $10,000 

Peterborough Currents is a reader-funded independent news outlet that looks to foster a more connected Peterborough through people-centred reporting. A grant from Inspirit supports the organization’s growth, as well as a media fellowship program.  

Name of Grantee: The Green Line
Project Name: Development Funding
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $15,000 

The Green Line is a hyperlocal Toronto-based news outlet dedicated to serving gen Zs and millennials, as well as other underrepresented communities. Funding from Inspirit supports the launch and development of the outlet. 

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Name of Grantee: Black Women Film
Project Name: BIG UP: Black Women’s Producers Residency
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $20,000 

BIG UP is a 3 month in-person incubator, residency, and mentorship opportunity for Black women producers currently managing their own production companies or with a series, film, or project in development. Funding from Inspirit supports the BIG UP program and the residency participants looking to take their business and projects to the next level.  

Name of Grantee: Ricochet Media
Project Name: Police Misconduct Database project
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $55,000 

Ricochet Media’s investigative project focuses on a data-driven analysis of incidents of alleged misconduct by Canadian police officers. Inspirit funding supports the project as it seeks to provide a national picture of how often misconduct occurs and how often officers face consequences as a result. 

Name of Grantee: Humber College
Project Name: Story Lab – Surviving Hate
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $100,000 

Inspirit is a project partner for Surviving Hate, a collaborative journalism project coordinated by Humber College’s StoryLab and the University of Toronto’s Investigative Journalism Bureau that seeks to fill the data gap and provide insight into the prevalence of hate crimes in Canada.  

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Name of Grantee: Story Money Impact
Project Name: General Operating Funds
Location: Vancouver, BC
Grant Amount: $70,000  

Story Money Impact brings together and engages filmmakers to refine and amplify their messages for systemic change through impact strategy, education, and partnerships with constituents. Inspirit’s funding supports the general operations of the registered charity. 

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Name of Grantee: Toronto Ward Museum
Project Name: General Operating Funds
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $60,000 

The Toronto Ward Museum is a community-engaged museum that facilitates the preservation and sharing of personal stories of migrants in Toronto’s history. Inspirit’s funding supports the general operations of the museum. 

Name of Grantee: Racial Equity Media Collective
Project Name: General Operating Funds
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $55,000 

Established by a volunteer group of working creators, the Racial Equity Media Collective advocates for creators in Canada’s film, television, and digital media industries who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Inspirit’s funding provided support in the organization’s early-stage development.   

Name of Grantee: Emancipation Arts
Project Name: FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2021
Location: Toronto, Ontario (National Focus)
Grant Amount: $50,000 

Broadcast on CBC Gem, FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2021 is a youth-led celebration of spoken word, dance, theatre and music, to commemorate Emancipation Day on August 1, the anniversary of when slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1834. Inspirit funding supports the production of this CBC Arts special event.  

Name of Grantee: Black Screen Office
Project Name: Being Counted: Canadian Race-Based Audience Survey Report
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $30,000 

Among the first initiatives launched by the Black Screen Office, Being Counted: Canadian Race-Based Audience Survey looks to provide empirical date on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour audiences, such as who these audiences are, what they are consuming, on which platforms, the factors affecting their consumption, and their perceptions of screen content. Funding from Inspirit supports this survey and study.  

Name of Grantee: La Converse
Project Name: General Operating Funds
Location: Montréal, Québec
Grant Amount: $75,000 

La Converse is a digital media outlet serving underrepresented communities in Québec. Launched as a month-long pop-up newsletter to fill an urgent need for reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic, it quickly engaged audiences and had made measurable impact across underserved communities. Funding from Inspirit supports the media outlet’s general operations. 

Name of Grantee: Indigenous Fashion Arts
Project Name: General Operating Funds
Location: Toronto, Ontario (National Focus)
Grant Amount: $120,000  

Indigenous Fashion Arts is an arts and culture festival that presents progressive, distinct, and exceptional fashion, textiles and craft by Indigenous artists at the intersection of art, fashion and culture. Inspirit funding supports the festival’s operations. 

Name of Grantee: Noor Cultural Centre
Project Name: Islamophobia Is 
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $5,000 

The Noor Cultural Centre is a centre for Islamic practice and learning that represents the identity of Canadian Muslims, and celebrates Islamic culture. Inspirit funding is dedicated to the centre’s “Islamophobia Is” video series, a collection of accessible animated videos that brings academic knowledge and analysis about Islamophobia to mainstream audiences.  

Name of Grantee: Copper Quartz Media Inc.
Project Name: Food For The Rest of Us – Impact Campaign 
Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Grant Amount: $25,000 

Copper Quartz Media is a Northern-based film, television and digital media company that specializes in remote locations and untold stories. Inspirit funds the impact campaign for “Food for the Rest of Us”, a film that presents the stories of people leading a revolution to a better world by getting back to the land.  

Name of Grantee: Seen Through Woman Productions
Project Name: Kimmapiiyipitssini (The Meaning of Empathy) – Impact Campaign 
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Grant Amount: $15,000 

Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, “Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy” is an intimate portrait of the Kainai First Nation community including members with substance-use disorder, first responders, and health professionals as they bring hope and change through harm reduction. Inspirit funds the film’s impact campaign. 

Name of Grantee: Hungry Eyes Media Inc.
Project Name: Subjects of Desire – Impact Campaign
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $20,000  

Subjects of Desire explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics and features while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. Inspirit funds the film’s impact campaign. 

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Name of Grantee: Outside the March Theatre Company Inc.
Project Name: The Pop-Up Experience
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $15,000  

“The Pop-Up Experience” is a series of free in-person and virtual public engagements with four new immersive projects in development by the artists around Toronto’s Bloordale neighbourhood. A grant from Inspirit supports the project’s implementation. 

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Name of Grantee: University of Toronto – Institute for Islamic Studies
Project Name: Study of Muslims in Canada Survey (2021-2023)
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $40,000 

The Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto (IIS) incubates advanced research projects in the study of Islam and Muslims. Funding from Inspirit supports the Study of Muslims in Canada, a new and expanded survey, as well as a extended research program that examines varying dimensions of the lives of Muslims in Canada based on survey and census data. 

Name of Grantee: Columbia Institute; SHARE
Project Name: Advancing Racial Equity in Investment Management 
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Grant Amount: $150,000 

Funding from Inspirit supports the joint project which includes workshops, webinars, and conferences for Indigenous trust officers and mainstream institutional investors, as well as the development of guidance, policy and metrics for investors on reconciliation objectives. 

Name of Grantee: Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones
Project Name: General Operating Funds
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Grant Amount: $50,000 

The Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) is an Indigenous run and led non-profit organization that aims to support and connect fellow Indigenous curators, artists, writers, academics, and professionals through various methods of gathering. Funding from Inspirit supports the organization’s general operations.