Thunder Bay ChangeUp grants create opportunities for Indigenous and/or racialized change leaders aged 14-34 (collaboration with adult mentors is permitted). These $10,000 grants will fund creative, solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination in Thunder Bay and support Indigenous youth. We are looking for projects that seek to create space for communities to deepen capacities and develop solutions that build resiliency; and/or 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 change leaders.
ChangeUp Grants fund projects that:
We also consider the following criteria when assessing applications. While not mandatory, they strengthen your application. We look for projects that:
What we look for in project proposals:
Thunder Bay ChangeUp Grants do not fund:
How to apply
We will be accepting applications from Thunder Bay on a rolling basis.
To be eligible to receive funding your organization must be a Canadian charity or a First Nations Band with qualified donee status with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Yes, but you will need to form a partnership with an eligible charitable organization. We cannot grant directly to nonprofit organizations or First Nations Bands that do not have donee status with the CRA.
A qualified donee is an organization that can issue official donation receipts for gifts it receives from individuals and corporations. It can also receive gifts from registered charities.
Typically, informal groups or nonprofit organizations form a partnership with a registered charity that is willing to act as a lead charitable partner/trustee. The lead partner/trustee will receive and administer the grant and will be accountable for particular legal and financial responsibilities. Inspirit requires a confirmed agreement between your group and the charitable partner/trustee before officially providing a grant.
For more information about qualified donees, please go here.
If you have more questions about eligibility please contact us.
Eligible costs that support the project include:
Yes—but keep in mind that when assessing proposals, we do look at whether the budget is realistic for the planned activities.
If your project is eligible for other sources of funding or support, we encourage you to seek, or show that you have obtained, additional financial or in-kind support.
No. We can only consider one initiative per applicant, organization or group in any ChangeUp granting round. We can only grant once to an eligible grantee per year.
Please note that Inspirit requires grantees to maintain a minimum of $2 million in general liability insurance for the duration of the grant.
Successful applicants will be informed within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline.
Applicants who are not selected will be informed within 6-8 weeks and will have an opportunity to receive feedback.
Yes, we will need:
Absolutely. We will endeavour to offer feedback from the review process to all who request it.
Yes, but we strongly recommend you request feedback first.
Some example projects include:
To see previous examples of ChangeUp projects visit our granting page.
Projects that aim to increase people’s awareness and understanding of others’ experiences, build recognition of shared experience across difference, and inspire actions that bridge difference.
No, it does not.
No. However, a portion of the ChangeUp Grants can be used to develop media products if they are connected with an outreach strategy to engage audiences.
Not necessarily. Your project team must be led by people aged 14-34, but the project activities can be focused on engaging people of all ages.
Yes. If there is a strong alignment with the Foundation’s priority issues areas and grant guidelines, we will consider such proposals.
Please note the following caveats:
For further information about our grants or our process, please contact us.