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. This granting stream is now closed and will reopen in early 2018.

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

Doc Impact Fund

Inspirit Foundation is piloting a program to support social issue documentary film outreach and engagement campaigns that align with Inspirit’s mandate to build inclusion and pluralism in Canada. This year we are looking for three (3) Canadian documentary film projects that seek to either support reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples or address Islamophobia in Canada. Projects will aim to raise awareness about pressing issues, build understanding of underrepresented perspectives, and catalyze action to build inclusion across ethnic, racial, or religious difference. Selected projects will be awarded $25,000.

2017 GRANTS
  • This is WorldTown
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact
  • $40,000
  • This is WorldTown will support six Muslim women media makers to present a photo and video series that dig into the experience of being a Muslim in Canada. TIWT will host and amplify the content produced by the media makers via its online platform and live events. TIWT will also facilitate mentorship opportunities between the media makers and established professionals in the field.
  • šxʷʔam̓ət (home) | Theatre of the Living
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact
  • $40,000
  • šxʷʔam̓ət (home) uses theatre and multimedia to engage audiences around themes of truth and reconciliation. After an initial 10 show run in Vancouver in March 2017, Theatre for Living seeks to tour the play in 22 communities across BC and Alberta in early 2018. In each community, the play will engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and audiences. The tour will culminate with a week of performances in Vancouver and a television broadcast of one of the performances.
  • Reclaiming Place, A Squamish Media Arts Project: “Wenaxws ten Syawan” | Kwi Awt Stelmexw Cultural Society
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact
  • $60,000
  • Reclaiming Place is a three-year interactive art project designed to engage the public in investigating & re-examining their own relationship to Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), Coast Salish territory through the creation and sharing of innovative art practices. The process for creating the work is led by Indigenous artists and Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh people.
  • Freedom School | Black Lives Matter
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • Inspired by the Oakland Community School, Freedom School is a 3-week youth-led arts and media-based program for Black children in Toronto. It aims to foster their intellectual development and address the root causes of high TDSB dropout and suspension rates by creating opportunities, developing educational resources and advocating for Black-affirmative education
  • The Rivers Speak Community Play | Thinking Rock Community Arts
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • This community play is the first project in rural Thessalon to use theatre to bring together people of Indigenous and settler descent to hear one another’s stories and create bridges of understanding across difference. It will be performed by a cast of 50-100 community members in Mississauga First Nation.
  • pakeshnamohk | Sparking Language Revival
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • The paksehnamohk: Sparking Language Revival project will bring back pride in Cree language and identity in Edmonton and surrounding area. Through the creation of digital media and student workshops, the project will connect teachers and students in schools inspiring people to reclaim Indigenous language rights.
  • BadAss Muslimah Web Series | Muslimahs Making Media
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • This project is a series of workshops and public panel events that will support 7-10 young Muslim women to create a 3-part web series. The series will launch through an online media campaign and mini screenings around the country with the support of national partners.
  • Showing Our True Colors | Waywayseecappo First Nation
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • Youth from Wawayseecappo will collaborate in producing a video featuring Indigenous leaders and role models in their community and across the province. The video will be shared through social media platforms and Waywayseecappo youth will deliver presentations in community schools as well as in non-Indigenous schools attended Waywayseecapo youth. Participants will be able to deepen their leadership skills, particularly around asserting their voices, raising awareness on anti-Indigenous micro-aggressions by leading discussions about racism and fostering accountability in their schools.
2016 GRANTS
  • Sharing Stories for Solidarity in Saskatoon
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • Canadian Roots Exchange 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, solidarity and decolonization and gave youth an opportunity to talk about issues of identity, community, inclusion, racism, and Islamophobia.
  • Knowledge is Pow Wow (KPW)
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • A community-based festival building on the success of 2015’s Knowledge is Pow Wow workshop series and showcase. KPW creates safe spaces for dialogue and exploration of issues relating to discrimination, prejudice, especially religious pluralism, and social justice through inclusive conversation and creative expression. From a platform of reconciliation KPW unites communities in hope.
  • The Opening Minds Project: Community TV & Radio Broadcast Series on Islamophobia
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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 and used community television/radio broadcast studios to convene participants and interfaith representatives and host/record discussions, with the aim to open minds about stereotypes/stigmas associated with Muslims.
  • (UN)COVERED: How We Choose to Cover Our Heads
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • (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 by young women who cover their heads, the exhibit amplified voices and experiences that are too often silenced in the community.
  • The Truth & Dare Project – Youth Leadership Program
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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 in programming, coordination, outreach and social media, as well as the co-facilitation of workshops.
  • Having Faith in Each Other
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute 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 to share through social media.
  • Responsibility, Right Relations & Reconciliation: Nogojiwanong YSI 2016-17
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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 and a deconstruction of current prejudices that surround them both, this project created space to find bases of commonality, reconciliation and change-making.
  • Métissages Urbains
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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 encounters of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in order to deconstruct identity prejudices and create a common artwork.
  • LOVE Nova Scotia Leadership Retreat
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • This LOVE Nova Scotia 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, take part in a cross-cultural exchange and relationship-building, and engage with themes of understanding and reconciliation.
  • MABELLE Youth Leaders: Building Bridges of Celebration
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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. MABELLE‘s workshops on Islamophobia, cross-cultural collaboration and facilitation prepared participating youth to develop this inter-cultural celebration bringing community members together across real and perceived differences.
  • NGen Allyship: Islamophobia, Transphobia, Homophobia
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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, including Muslim, queer, and trans youth, to further NGen’s impact as an inclusive space in Hamilton.
  • Nations and Migrations Film Series / Comfortable Truths Campaign
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $60,000
  • Nations and Migrations involved four ‘groundswell’  screenings (Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver)  of documentaries focused on themes of nationhood, immigration and belonging. The campaign engaged over 2,000 people (mainly aged 18-34) to discover, learn from, and be inspired by diverse perspectives related to Canadian nationhood, immigration and belonging.  Screening events engaged audiences in discussion and activation and were amplified through a social media campaign entitled ‘Comfortable Truths’, which engaged Cinema Politica’s extensive network of young activists.
  • Reconciliatory-enhanced National Film + Video Tour, Workshops and Discourse
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $40,000 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 that engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous public in screenings, talks and presentations at local, national, and digitally global platforms, over a three year period to expand the tour and engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences and young filmmakers  across Canada in dialogue sparked by “reconciliatory-themed” media content.
  • The Sidra Project
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $50,000
  • 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 and Artscape invited citizens from diverse backgrounds to invest an hour of time to build support for refugee resettlement efforts.
  • Stories for Reconciliation
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $50,000
  • This CRE 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 different themes of reconciliation and solidarity. The whole process is documented through social media and a final documentary.
  • Terrain of Thought
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $40,000
  • 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 and cultures within impactful projects of Jumblies and partners; providing orientation and mentorship; and holding a gathering to enhance experiences, relationships, and collaborations.
  • Understanding Media Portrayals of Islam & Muslims + How to Tell Your Own Story
  • Type Of Grant: Media and Arts Impact Grants
  • $20,000
  • 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 to shift narratives. NCCM engaged groups of young people aged 16-30 in 4 cities: Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Winnipeg.
2014 GRANTS
  • Nourrir la tolerance et la citoyennete/Nurturing tolerance and citizenship
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $25,000
  • 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 and culture inform Montreal’s rich culinary history.
  • Youth Inspiring Strong Communities
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15,000
  • This East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights‘ 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 within the community.
  • Fossil Free Faith Youth Leadership Initiative
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $25,000
  • The project, from Faith and the Common Good, 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
  • $14,000
  • This youth-driven project from iHuman 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 between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.
  • Recipe for Harmony – Faithfully Yours
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15,000
  • 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 relationships in their community.
  • Perspectives on Faith & Identity:
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15,000
  • This youth-driven multimedia project from Inter-cultural Association of Victoria 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 of their community.
  • Memory Walk Vancouver
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $20,000
  • 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 and conflict in Vancouver. Participants’ films and learning fed into the international Memory Walk program led by Anne Frank House and PeerNet Association of BC.
  • Many Faiths – One Common Thread
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $24,000
  • This project from Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society 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
  • $25,000
  • 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 local food banks in the Region of Peel.
  • Young Spirit Circles
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $25,000
  • 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 organizers through the exploration of a mutual understanding of ancestral heritage, inclusion and pluralism.
  • Project Acorn: Nurturing the intersections between LGBTQ+ and faith communities
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $15,000
  • 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 of youth of different relig
  • Social Justice Dialogues Youth Media Project
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $12,802
  • 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. These discussions explored the many intersections between religion, spirituality, and social justice in modern life. The project resources were shared with the local community on Regent Park TV (RPTV)and Radio Regent.
  • Restoration and reconciliation in North End Halifax
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $21,000
  • 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 and faith groups to work together to decide on, plan, and execute a project to help strengthen bonds between the many different communities that call the North End home.
  • Sharing Our Spirit
  • Type Of Grant: Community Impact Grants
  • $22,637
  • 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 and cultural groups in the community of Beasley.
  • The Elements Experiment
  • Type Of Grant: National Impact
  • $19,700
  • 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, diversity, secularism, and citizenship, and 2) a TED-style conference where young adults, academics, and community leaders will engage in action-oriented discussions on these themes. The conference took place in Toronto in the fall of 2014.
  • 4Rs Initiative
  • Type Of Grant: National Impact
  • $49,500
  • Guided by four principles: Respect, Reconciliation, Reciprocity, and Relevance, 4Rs is a youth-led initiative is a collaboration of five national youth-serving organizations, six national Aboriginal organizations, and three national charitable foundations in Canada. Twenty-five young leaders chosen from across these 14 organizations are leading the development of a national awareness campaign that aims to reshape the dialogue among Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in order to strengthen the cultural, economic, and social fabric of our country. The awareness campaign will build momentum leading up to the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in 2017.
  • Sharing Stories for Solidarity in Saskatoon
  • Type Of Grant: ChangeUp Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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, solidarity and decolonization and gave youth an opportunity to talk about issues of identity, community, inclusion, racism, and Islamophobia.
2013 GRANTS
  • Building Peace: From Tolerance to Appreciation
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15,000
  • 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 – Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy (an Oral History Archive Project led by students from the University of Alberta).  Participants received dialogue facilitation and media training to lead these interviews.  The group then worked together to plan and facilitate dialogue circles at an “Action Forum”, a public event which was the platform for stories collected by the project.
  • Young Adult Project Interfaith
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15,000
  • 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 the plurality of beliefs – including spiritual and secular beliefs – held by young adults in Abbotsford.
  • Rural Youth Diversity Project
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $21,140
  • 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, learn from one another and develop leadership skills. These young adults/youth connected with key organizations in their community to participate in locally determined actions to enhance the livability, inclusion and ultimately the pluralism of their home communities.
  • Interfaith Young Leaders Social Justice Fellowship
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $13,010
  • 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. Fellows worked together to vision and deliver at least one community-impact project of their choosing, supported by partner organizations and their networks.
  • Dream Catcher Project- The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residential Project for BC Youth
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $9,999
  • 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, and a facilitated workshop led by First Nations communities on the theme of spirituality.
  • Intercultural Ambassadors
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15,000
  • 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 – in the public realm. Participants worked to improve their own skills in communication, conflict resolution, and project management, and they worked together to vision and deliver a project related to religious diversity in Manitoba as part of Multiculturalism Day celebrations in 2014.
  • Emerging Leaders St. John’s: Inspire. Share. Impact.
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $19,871
  • 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 that respond to the changing demographics of St. John’s.
  • Kinship
  • Type Of Grant: Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20,181
  • 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 in their lives from both, or either, a secular or spiritual perspective. Drawing from these experiences and learnings, participants researched, developed, and produced a play about pluralism and diversity of beliefs.
  • Outta My Mind
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20,200
  • 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.” Participants gained skills in writing, performing, storytelling and collective creation in an inclusive, accessible and community-oriented environment.
  • Spirit Swap
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $9,999
  • 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, and to personally explore these themes through the creation of short videos in an accepting, safe environment.
  • Common Grounds Media Project
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20,200
  • 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 about how common life experiences are reflected in pop culture, as analyzed through a lens of religious pluralism
  • Crowdmapping Pluralism in YEG
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $20,200
  • 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, and inclusion of different religious, spiritual, and secular beliefs in Edmonton through storytelling, photography, videos, and crowdmapping. Young adults produced media pieces themed on belief and identity, that relate to places in Edmonton.  Those media pieces were then “mapped” (geotagged) on an online “crowdmap” platform, and then shared with the public through the UNA’s and partners’ online networks.
  • Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15,000
  • 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 of individuals in the RSS partner network. Participants showed and discussed videos in several venues while engaging the community in discussing and appreciating pluralism, spirituality, and identity, culminating in a well-publicized screening for a large audience.
  • Youth Help Red Cross Embrace Diversity
  • Type Of Grant : Pluralism Grants – Community Impact
  • $15,000
  • 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. This group then summarized and presented their findings to leadership staff, volunteers, and other community groups, and made recommendations to inform the development of services delivered by the Canadian Red Cross. 
2012 GRANTS
  • Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize
  • Type Of Grant- National Impact
  • $10,000 (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. The 2012 winner was Boxing Girls of Kabul, directed by Ariel Nars. In 2013, the $10,000 prize went to Bà Nội, directed by Khoa Lê.
  • Young Adult Interfaith Project
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20,000
  • 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
  • $20,000
  • 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 and fostering participation in the community.
  • Human Library on Religion and Spirituality Curated, Promoted and Documented by Montreal Youth.
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20,000
  • 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
  • $18,000
  • Through the Visions of Unity in Diversity project young people learned photography skills while exploring the religious diversity of Toronto and interacting with people of different religious, secular and spiritual backgrounds, including urban First Nations youth.
  • Intercultural young women’s leadership project & youth-led community actions
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $15,000
  • 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, under the common cause of greater justice and equity in society.
  • Bridging Healing and Reconciliation in Edmonton
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20,000
  • Bridging Healing and Reconciliation in Edmonton aimed to deepen connections between youth through educational programming on diversity, with a focus on integrating Aboriginal perspectives and ensuring that our history of residential schools is a centrepiece for discussion and learning.
  • Indigenous Ways of Being on Turtle Island
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20,000
  • 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
  • $15,000
  • 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 and respect for diversity.
  • OneVoice
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $12,000
  • 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 and dialogue, bringing about change in thoughts and actions at the community level.
  • Indigi-asia Cross Cultural Exchange Program
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $5,000
  • 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 to exchange spiritual perspectives and ways of life, and share common interests and challenges.
  • Nipawin Oasis Building Bridges with Culture and Young Adults
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $10,000
  • 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 and traditions that bridged what has been lost throughout the generations.
  • 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 Sacred Water Circle Gathering 2013.
  • The Seva Project
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $15,000
  • 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 to participate in volunteer engagement initiatives.
  • Young Adults Connect Diverse Communities in Lunenburg Queens through Stories and Art
  • Type Of Grant- Bridge-Building Grants
  • $20,000
  • 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
  • $20,000
  • 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
  • $25,000
  • 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, and ethical commitments of young people can contribute to positive social action.
  • Divine Interventions: Documentary, Spirituality and Social Justice
  • Type Of Grant- National Impact
  • $25,000
  • Through a series of documentary screenings followed by panel discussions and open forum dialogues on Canadian campuses, students explored the role that spirituality, religion and secularism can play in fostering – or inhibiting – participation in social causes.