Grants & Opportunities

We are taking a break  to reflect on our granting. We will have updated information on all granting streams by the end of April. Thank you for your patience.

ChangeUp Grant

ChangeUp grants create opportunities for people aged 18-34 leading creative, solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their communities. The $10,000 one-time grants are for projects that implement strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion; and/or create spaces for communities to deepen capacities and develop solutions that build resiliency. Through the grants, Inspirit Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the development of effective, connected, and influential change leaders.
This granting stream is now closed.

Deep Dive: Thunder Bay

Deep Dives is a pillar of work outlined in Inspirit’s 2016–2021 Strategic Plan. This pillar aims to address the need for long-term, multi-pronged and localized strategies to address deep-seated discrimination in specific regions. Informed by extensive research and relationship building, Inspirit’s Deep Dive strategy is focused on supporting stakeholders across Thunder Bay to improve social and economic outcomes for Indigenous youth. Both systemic and interpersonal racism, particularly towards Indigenous peoples, is endemic to Thunder Bay. Nevertheless, Indigenous and racialized youth, organizations, and others are mobilizing and building spaces and initiatives to combat racism and improve Indigenous youth wellbeing . Through this Deep Dive strategy, Inspirit is committed to leveraging our granting programs and other resources to support stakeholders in Thunder Bay. This work takes leadership from community members­­­­­­—grants and other opportunities will be finalized, publicized and awarded with their collaboration.
This granting stream is now closed.

Doc Impact Fund

The Doc Impact Fund supports social issue documentary film outreach and engagement campaigns that aim to build inclusion and pluralism in Canada and address issues of racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination. In 2018 we are supporting up to four (4) Canadian documentary film campaigns that aim to raise awareness about pressing issues related to ethnic, racial, or religious discrimination in Canada, build understanding of underrepresented perspectives, and catalyze action to build inclusion. Special consideration will be given to Indigenous or Muslim-led projects that seek to advance reconciliation or address Islamophobia in Canada. Selected projects will be awarded $25,000.
This granting stream is now closed. 

Core Grant

Core Grants support organizations developing innovative institutional, systemic, or interpersonal solutions addressing Islamophobia or reconciliation, while increasing the capacity for Muslim and Indigenous communities to address these issues. This fund provides multi-year, unrestricted grants of up to $150,000 ($50,000 per year up to 3 years) to support Indigenous-led or Muslim-led organizations engaging in promising and high impact models and approaches. Applicants must also have a clear sense of their organizational challenges and needs, as well as how this funding might help address those needs. A total of 4 grants are available for successful applicants.
This granting stream is now closed.

2018 GRANTS

Core Grants

  • Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • $150,000
  • The Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) will champion engagement and anti- racism efforts in Alberta, with a special focus on Islamophobia through educational workshops and special events to build bridges between Muslim communities and other communities. AMPAC’s goals for the next three years focus on strengthening current programs including the Islamophobia hotline, program monitoring, and developing staff and board infrastructure to support enhanced policy work. To support this, AMPAC will increase its staff capacity and initiate AMPAC’s organizational structural transition from an operational board towards one focused on strategy and governance in order to support current programming and develop plans to expand further across the province.
  • Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
  • $150,000
  • Concerned about the potential negative impact of the proposed Bill 94 in Quebec, over 50 Muslim women from Kitchener-Waterloo organized a community forum titled “Let Us Talk” on April 26, 2010. With the help of this grant, CMWKW will continue the organization’s primary mission of building understanding between Muslims and the broader community and strengthen the voices of Muslim women in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. This includes developing a pool of Muslim women leaders of diverse backgrounds and ages to serve on the board and committees, hiring a coordinator for an Islamophobia awareness project and securing additional resources to evaluate and document the CMW model for scaling and replication.
  • Dene Nahjo
  • Location: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • $150,000
  • Dene Nahjo is a Dene innovation collective based out of Somba K’e, Denendeh that focuses on fostering Indigenous leadership skills and values through cultural resurgence. The collective’s mission is to advance social and environmental justice for northern peoples; to promote and foster Indigenous leadership; to live, learn and celebrate their cultures on the land; and to strengthen relationships in the North. Dene Nahjo works to address systemic issues such as racism, violence towards Indigenous women, and ongoing colonization through the provision of cultural programming for Indigenous peoples to connect to land, language, culture, and community, while also providing educational opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to learn about a variety of topics from critical Indigenous perspectives.
  • Sacred Fire Productions
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • $150,000
  • Sacred Fire Productions Inc. / Les Productions Feux Sacrés Inc. (SFP) was established in 2012 as an Indigenous-led non- profit arts organization. Its mandate is to promote Indigenous art and artists through the production of cultural projects and events that raise public awareness, break stereotypes and foster cross-cultural dialogue for the inclusion and advancement of Indigenous artists in urban settings. SFP will undertakes activities that address economic vulnerability and cultural isolation of Indigenous peoples in Canada, while increasing their representation within Indigenous arts communities and awareness in mainstream society of Indigenous cultural production.

ChangeUp Grants

  • Neechee Studio: Land-Based Relationship Building
  • Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • Through its land-based relationship-building project, Neechee Studio committee members seek to improve and expand their relationships with local elders, Treaty 3 territory and each other. Members will participate in activities in Fort William First Nation, Ontario with elders and artist-mentors to deepen their relationships with the land and the work they do.
  • Playlist
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • $10,000
  • Playlist is a discussion series aimed at analyzing and dissecting pop culture products such as films, TV shows and music relevant to Canadian Muslim identity. Aimed at helping to enhance media literacy among Canadian Muslim youth, the project will take place in the Islamic Family and Social Services Association’s Green Room, which seeks to create a safe space for Muslim youth.
  • The Press Start Youth Co-op
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • $10,000
  • The Press Start Youth Co-op is an event series organized by youth of colour that focuses on healing as well as building bridges and community in Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood in Montreal. Planned events include arts-based workshops for Muslim youth, an open mic night for Indigenous youth and a discussion series open to all members of the Pointe-Saint-Charles community.
  • Readings Between the Lines: Challenging Injustices Through Spoken Words
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • $10,000
  • An offshoot of AMES’ DisPLACEment outreach program, this project involves the creation and dissemination of a series of films and workshops made by Indigenous and newcomer youth in Vancouver, B.C. that address and unpack legacies of racism and colonization. Workshops and film screenings will be piloted in community and educational settings as part of the program.
  • Reclaiming Our Roots: Land-Based Learning for Urban Indigenous Youth
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • $10,000
  • Reclaiming Our Roots aims to reconnect urban Indigenous youth with meaningful, land-based knowledge rooted in Mi’kmaw values. Through mentorship and workshops, youth will engage in decolonization by learning and reclaiming traditional skills and practices as well as developing an improved awareness of their role as stewards of the land.
  • Red Rising Freedom School
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • $10,000
  • Red Rising Freedom School supports the revitalization of culture and language as well as political resistance to colonial violence by engaging youth in ceremonies, Indigenous language learning, workshops on the colonial legacy of Canada and non-violent direct action training for land and water defence.
  • Sawa Theatre
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • $10,000
  • The Sawa Theatre project creates space for young Muslim newcomers to engage in theatre as a platform for challenging harmful misconceptions and an outlet for personal growth. The project guides participants in the co-creation and execution of a theatrical production and culminates in a final performance at the Gas Station Arts Centre.
  • SistersInMotion
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • $10,000
  • SistersInMotion aims to ensure stories of black, Indigenous and racialized women and/or femmes of colour are heard, supported and understood. The project will provide monthly writing workshops to sisters of colour and host an annual showcase of their voices as well as an open mic to build bridges between all members of the community.
  • The Sisters Project
  • Location: National
  • $10,000
  • Building upon its existing work, the Sisters Project will embark on a one-month tour of Canada to continue photographing, filming and interviewing inspirational Muslim women from across the country. The aim of the project is to elevate the stories of Muslim women and better understand their responses to manifestations of gendered Islamophobia in a variety of Canadian contexts.
  • Somali Youth Media Justice
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • The Somali Youth Media Justice project will consist of youth-led media and peer-to-peer workshops that build leadership, create space for knowledge sharing and empower Somali youth in Toronto, Ontario to address the root causes of Islamophobia and violence in their communities. Participants will create video resources on the justice system, over-policing and the rights of individuals approached by law enforcement. The project will culminate in a Somali Youth Forum to screen the videos and discuss solutions with stakeholders and members of the Somali community.
  • Two Spirit Resilience and Capacity-Building Project
  • Location: Tiny, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • This project aims to create a safe peer learning space for Two Spirit people to deepen capacities, resiliency and reconciliation by (re)connecting to land and community, sharing land-based Indigenous knowledge and ceremony, nurturing Two Spirit leadership, promoting healing and health and supporting each other in honouring treaty responsibilities. The project will culminate in a Two Spirit Visioning and Strategizing Gathering in December 2018.
  • Unity for Racial Harmony and Success
  • Location: Thunder Bay: Ontario
  • $10,000
  • Unity for Racial Harmony and Success aims to engage youth in activities that promote racial harmony by raising awareness, understanding and appreciation of diversity to eliminate racism, prejudice and discrimination. The goal is to achieve a nation where there is equal opportunity, equal access and equal participation by all citizens in all aspects of Canadian society.

Doc Impact Grants

  • 14 & Muslim
  • $25,000
  • This film follows a group of young Muslims moving from their Islamic elementary school to high school, exploring what it means to be young, Muslim, and growing up in the West in these unsettling times. In partnership with the Tessellate Institute, NCCM & a youth advisory team, this film will have a youth engagement campaign in October, which is Islamic Heritage Month.
  • Abu
  • $25,000
  • Through a tapestry of narratives consisting of family footage, observation, and classic Bollywood films, gay-identifying Pakistani-Muslim filmmaker Arshad Khan takes the viewer on a journey about a fragmented family grappling with religion, sexuality, colonialism, and migration. Abu’s impact campaign will engage youth and educators around issues of Islamophobia and LGBTQ+ identity.
  • Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier
  • $25,000
  • Shelly Chartier is a young woman from a small First Nations community in Manitoba who was sensationalized in the media as a master manipulator in a high-profile catfishing case. Directors Lisa Jackson and Shane Belcourt, provide a much more sensitive lens and will leverage this film for an engagement campaign about Indigenous justice and colonial systems.
  • Turning Tables
  • $25,000
  • Classic Roots is an Anishinaabe music producer and DJ, blending Indigenous sounds with modern techno and house. He, the Turning Tables team and We Matter will screen this film alongside workshops in First Nations communities & his hometown, Thunder Bay, to encourage confidence and creativity in youth.
2017 GRANTS

ChangeUp Grants

  • BadAss Muslimah Web Series | Muslimahs Making Media
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Connect the Land | Inuvik Youth Centre Society
  • Location: Inuvik, Northwest Territories
  • $10,000
  • Connect the Land participants will engage in a process of self-discovery, reconciliation and land-awareness in the arctic. This process will feed into the creation of a community mural representing how the land connects us across cultures.
  • Freedom School | Black Lives Matter
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • Inspired by the Oakland Community School, Freedom School is a 3-week youth-led arts and media-based program for Black children. 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
  • Healing our heARTs: Racialized Resistance & Resilience | Vancouver Status of Women
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • $10,000
  • This initiative seeks to create safe and accessible space for racialized youth to connect, learn, heal, and build solidarities by developing a collective zine of art, poetry and other various creative forms of expression. The project will include facilitating workshops, storytelling events, and grassroots arts-based healing efforts led by, with and for racialized women.
  • Honouring Two-Spirit Resilience | Springtide Resources Inc.
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • Focused on two-spirit youth and elders, this project will centralize community-building, community-healing, knowledge-reclaiming, and resource development project. Participants will craft their stories and produce a community colouring book of narratives and images of two-spirit people, history, tradition, knowledge, and resilience.
  • Medicine Wheel Warriors: Creating Indigenous Superhero Action Figures | Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY)
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • $10,000
  • Indigenous participants aged 18 to 25 years will research heroes in their community, reinvent themselves as superheroes, and then use 3D/laser scanning and printing to make an action figure based on their image, superhero traits and personal identity.
  • pakeshnamohk | Sparking Language Revival
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • $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.
  • Project Heartwork: Critical Arts Engagement and Wellness for Muslimahs | Oxam Creative Collective
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • This critical arts engagement series explores mixed-media arts for Muslimah change-makers to connect communities with their stories, inspiring cross-cultural/inter-faith understanding. Participants will attend a retreat exploring artistic engagement and wellness, building foundations in multidisciplinary arts, community organizing, and self-care, which will lead to a showcase tour mapping Muslimah lived experiences through storytelling.
  • Project Reclaim | Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
  • Location: Victoria, British Columbia
  • $10,000
  • Project Reclaim is a youth-driven, land-based project that will engage Tsartlip Nation youth to lead their community in healing, resisting, and preventing violence through two key, interconnected program components: 1) youth-led land restoration to create healthier community spaces, and 2) youth-led, culturally-relevant sexualized violence prevention curricula in schools.
  • Race Talks, Eh? Deconstructing Race and Racism in Canada Film Series | Anti-Racism Online Coalition
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • This project aims to explore and deconstruct aspects and themes of race and racism by creating a series of short, engaging, funny, and thought-provoking videos. These videos can be used as teaching tools in classrooms, shared on social media, etc. and will feature young racialized organizers and advocates.
  • Repainting Perceptions | Art Ignite/ North York Arts
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • This project will consist of a series of portraiture/narrative painting workshops, culminating in an exhibit and public engagement piece. These workshops will provide space for Muslims and non-Muslims living in Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park to share their stories, challenge religious stereotyping, and break through social isolation.
  • Showing Our True Colors | Waywayseecappo First Nation
  • Location: Waywayseecappo First Nation, Manitoba
  • $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.
  • The Gathering | Black Girl Magic
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • $10,000
  • The Gathering” is a multidisciplinary performance art piece that explores staple themes that arise when Black women/femmes gather. In this piece, intersections of spirituality, indigineity, sexuality, racism are brought to the forefront through dance, poetry, music and theatre.
  • The Rivers Speak Community Play | Thinking Rock Community Arts
  • Location: Thessalon, Ontario
  • $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.
  • The Young Queens Effect (YQ Effect) | Young Queens Collective
  • Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
  • $10,000
  • The YQ Effect cultivates an intentional community for female youth of colour to express their experiences of systematic marginalization, isolation, perpetuated inequality and identity crises, while developing personal and professional networks needed to overcome these social barriers. This project will promote confidence and skills development.
  • Walking Gottingen | North End Community Health Centre
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • $10,000
  • Walking Gottingen will use storytelling and natural sound to provide a complete immersive experience for listeners as they walk down Gottingen Street in Halifax’s north end. Listeners will hear stories from residents who have experienced anti-black racism, Islamophobia, and postcolonial attitudes in a neighbourhood that is undergoing gentrification.

Media and Arts Impact Grants

  • Reclaiming Place, A Squamish Media Arts Project: “Wenaxws ten Syawan” | Kwi Awt Stelmexw Cultural Society
  • Location: Vancouver. British Columbia
  • $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.
  • šxʷʔam̓ət (home) | Theatre of the Living
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • This is WorldTown
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.

Doc Impact Grants

  • Colonization Road
  • Location: National
  • $25,000
  • Michelle St. John’s Colonization Road explores the historical impact of ‘Colonization Roads’ built by European settlers across Ontario and Manitoba in the mid 1800s. With host Ryan McMahon’s humorous and biting guidance, we see how the negative effects of this history reverberate today.
  •  The Long Way Home
  • Type Of Grant: Doc Impact Fund
  • Location: National
  • $25,000
  • Aisha Jamal and Ariel Nasr’s short film, The Long Way Home (Playing as part of In the Name of All Canadians), is a poignant reminder about the fragility of citizenship rights that many Canadians take for granted, and dives into issues of race, Islamophobia, and state security.
  • Waniska
  • Type Of Grant: Doc Impact Fund
  • Location: National
  • $25,000
  • Co-directed by the Kehte-ayak Council of First Nations University and Andree Cazabon, Waniska is an inspiring reminder of the resilience of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. The resurgence of Indigenous cultures depicted is a testament to resistance and survival in the face of cultural genocide, as well as the hope and strength of spirit necessary to walk the path of reconciliation.
2016 GRANTS

ChangeUp Grants

  • Knowledge is Pow Wow (KPW)
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • $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.
  • LOVE Nova Scotia Leadership Retreat
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • $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
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Métissages Urbains
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • $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.
  • NGen Allyship: Islamophobia, Transphobia, Homophobia
  • Location: Hamilton, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Responsibility, Right Relations & Reconciliation: Nogojiwanong YSI 2016-17
  • Location: Peterborough, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Sharing Stories for Solidarity in Saskatoon
  • Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • $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.
  • The Opening Minds Project: Community TV & Radio Broadcast Series on Islamophobia
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • The Truth & Dare Project – Youth Leadership Program
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • (UN)COVERED: How We Choose to Cover Our Heads
  • Location: Cambridge, Ontario
  • $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.

Media and Arts Impact Grants

  • Nations and Migrations Film Series / Comfortable Truths Campaign
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Vancouver, British Columbia
  • $60,000
  • Nations and Migrations involved four ‘groundswell’  screenings 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
  • Location: National
  • $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.
  • Stories for Reconciliation
  • Location: National
  • $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
  • $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.
  • The Sidra Project
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Understanding Media Portrayals of Islam & Muslims + How to Tell Your Own Story
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec; Calgary, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • $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

Community Impact Grants

  • Fossil Free Faith Youth Leadership Initiative
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • $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
  • $14,000
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • 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.
  • Many Faiths – One Common Thread
  • Location: Surrey, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Memory Walk Vancouver
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Nourrir la tolerance et la citoyennete/Nurturing tolerance and citizenship
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • $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.
  • Perspectives on Faith & Identity:
  • Location: Victoria, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Project Acorn: Nurturing the intersections between LGBTQ+ and faith communities
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • $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 religions.
  • Recipe for Harmony – Faithfully Yours
  • Location: Guelph, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Restoration and reconciliation in North End Halifax
  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • $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
  • Location: Beasley, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Social Justice Dialogues Youth Media Project
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • The Peace Garden: a multi-faith gardening project
  • Location: Malton, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Youth Inspiring Strong Communities
  • Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • $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.

National Impact Grants

  • Young Spirit Circles
  • Location: Sault Ste. Marie & Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • 4Rs Initiative
  • Location: National
  • $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.
  • The Elements Experiment
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
2013 GRANTS

Pluralism Grants – Community Impact

  • Building Peace: From Tolerance to Appreciation | John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • $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.
  • Common Grounds Media Project | Regent Park Focus
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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 | United Nations Association in Canada
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta
  • $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.
  • Dream Catcher Project | The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Residential Project for BC Youth
  • Location: British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Emerging Leaders St. John’s: Inspire. Share. Impact | Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • $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.
  • Intercultural Ambassadors | Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • $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.
  • Interfaith Young Leaders Social Justice Fellowship | Jewish Federation of Vancouver
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Kinship | South Shore Health District Health Authority
  • Location: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
  • $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 | Tangled Art + Disability
  • $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.
  • Pluralism: Tell it; See it; Hear it | Atwater Library
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • $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.
  • Rural Youth Diversity Project | Fraser Basin
  • Location: Williams Lake, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Spirit Swap | imagineNative
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.
  • Young Adult Project Interfaith | Abbotsford Community Services
  • Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Youth Help Red Cross Embrace Diversity | Canadian Red Cross Society Saskatchewan
  • Location: Saskatchewan
  • $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

Bridge-Building Grants

  • Bridging Healing and Reconciliation in Edmonton | John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
  • $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.
  • Dialogue on Duluth | Maison de ‘l’Amitié de Montreal
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • $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.
  • Indigi-asia Cross Cultural Exchange Program | Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
  • $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.
  • Indigenous Ways of Being on Turtle Island | Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • $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….
  • Intercultural young women’s leadership project & youth-led community actions | Girls Action Foundation
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • $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.
  • Nipawin Oasis Building Bridges with Culture and Young Adults | Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
  • $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.
  • OneVoice | Muslim Association of Canada
  • Location: Ontario
  • $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.
  • The Sacred Water Circle Youth Voices Project | Peterborough Green-Up
  • Location: Peterborough, Ontario
  • $20,000
  • 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 | Sikhs Serving Canada
  • Location: Ontario
  • $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.
  • The Spiritus Project | UforChange Movement
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $20,000
  • The Spiritus Project is a transmedia theatrical project that addressed community challenges such as religion, race and discrimination.
  • Young Adult Interfaith Project | Abbotsford Community Services Society
  • Location: Abbottsford, British Columbia
  • $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.
  • Visions of Unity in Diversity | CultureLink Settlement Services
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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.

National Impact Grants

  • Divine Interventions: Documentary, Spirituality and Social Justice | Documentary Organization of Canada
  • Location: National
  • $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.
  • Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • $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 Nasr. In 2013, the $10,000 prize went to Bà Nội, directed by Khoa Lê.
  • The Spirit of Social Change Series
  • $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.