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Black and Indigenous Futures Fund

This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Call for Applications: Black and Indigenous Futures Fund

Applications for this grant stream are now closed.

Inequality has been a defining reality of Toronto for a long time – and the pandemic has deepened those divisions. The Black and Indigenous Futures Fund is one response to our shared acknowledgement of systemic inequality and in particular, racism that permeates all aspects of society — including philanthropy. Racial injustice has particularly affected Black and Indigenous communities and warrants actionable and meaningful responses.

In the fall of 2020, Toronto Foundation convened a Leadership Table of sector experts representing Black, Indigenous and People of Colour from across Toronto to lead the development and implementation of this fund, as well as the selection of the grantees.

The Black and Indigenous Futures Fund has been designed to support Black and Indigenous leaders, organizations, and grassroots groups who are best equipped to identify and advance solutions for their communities as they adapt to today’s circumstances, and push for an equitable and just recovery from the challenges of COVID-19. These communities have systemically not had a say when it comes to shaping and accessing philanthropy’s funding opportunities.

We are grateful to be able to contribute $320,000 to support qualified donees, thanks in part to a group of generous donors. We are also embarking on a pilot program with discretionary funds of $80,000 to support grassroots groups and initiatives, without charitable status or a trusteeship relationship.

The creation of this new funding opportunity is an important step in our commitment in addressing systemic and institutional challenges as we build for an equitable recovery in our city.


Eligibility, Timelines, Application Guidelines and More Information


The application portal will open on Wednesday, February 10th and close on Monday, March 15th at 5 pm.

Below is key information to determine your eligibility, what’s required to apply and a link to the application portal itself.

  • Up to $20,000 for qualified donees (registered charities and organizations applying with a trustee)
  • Up to $10,000 for non-qualified donees (grassroots groups, collectives and resident groups. Non-qualified donees do not need a charitable trustee in order to apply and/or receive funds.)
  • Funding recipient groups must be led by individuals who identify as Black or Indigenous.
  • Funding recipients must be fully focused on serving Black or Indigenous communities.

Grassroots groups/non-qualified donees (NQDs) are defined as groups, collectives and initiatives in which a group of residents proactively and voluntarily design and implement projects and activities to make their community more liveable without the typical infrastructure of charitable status or a trusteeship in place.



New Application Submission Options!

Applicants will have the option of submitting either in writing, orally or by video. Only one (1) application submission per organization will be accepted.

Black and Indigenous Futures Fund FAQs are here


We hosted information webinars via Zoom for potential applicants to learn more about the fund and the application process.

For registered charities and organizations applying with a trustee:

  1. Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 11am – 12pm | Watch the recording 

  2. Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4pm – 5pm | Watch the recording 

For grassroots groups:

  1. Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 6pm – 7pm | Watch the recording

  2. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 6pm – 7pm

Closed captioning will be available during the webinars.


For more information about the Black and Indigenous Futures Fund, please contact Phylicia Davis-Wesseling at