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Grants to Ontario CBOs to Address
the Root Causes of Oppression

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Groundswell Community Justice Trust Fund

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Grants of up to $4,000 to Ontario community-based organizations to address social, economic, or political oppression. Funding is intended to increase the capacity and structure of applicant organizations and to support projects that fight for social change. The mission of this fund is to create sustainable financial support for community-based, left, political organizations that challenge and work to change dominant, oppressive structures in the current political, social, and economic system.

The money will be directed towards member-driven, grassroots initiatives or organizations that face difficulty raising funds needed for their work. The Fund is committed to giving a minimum 50% of funding to organizations led by Black and/or Indigenous organizers. The majority of approved applications will be from already existing organizations/projects, with a smaller portion reserved for start-up projects. 

The fund prioritizes the following things:

  • Groups that are led by the communities they are organizing; specifically, folks who are most directly affected by oppression.
  • Work that seeks to confront the root causes of oppression and not merely find temporary solutions to the conditions that it creates.
  • Transformative work that seeks to confront the root causes of oppression rather than just finding temporary solutions
  • Work that actively confronts power imbalances and seeks to build community power.
  • Work that cannot get adequate funding from other sources.
  • Work taking place across the expanse of Turtle Island now called Canada (Given the Fund's commitment to decolonization, it does not define its work according to colonial borders but instead engage applicants with some flexibility around their geographies).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167306

Estimated Size of Grant:

Based on the donations received so far, this year’s grants will be up to $4,000 dollars.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are community-based, left, political organizations that operate in Ontario.

- Applications for legal defense costs will not be eligible for funding.
- The Fund does not provide core funding for any organization funded by a government agency, nor by extractive industries or energy corporations. The Fund may consider projects for funding housed by such organizations.
- Applications on behalf of individuals will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: Sunday, March 14, 2021
- Funding decisions will be made in late Spring 2021.

Applications submitted by email, and not using the form on our website, will NOT be accepted.

If you received money from Groundswell last year, fill in the report form before applying again:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The online application is found on the URL for Full Text, below.

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Groundswell Fund
226 Bathurst Street, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 2R9, Canada

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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