Liberals commit $96 million to Black community organizations: Hussen

If you manage a black Organization – please take a note of this new funding.

OTTAWA — The federal government is allocating up to $96 million in funding for Black community organizations, Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters in Toronto, Hussen said the new funding is the largest in history from the federal government to groups that serve Black Canadians.

He said the new money will include $82 million to fund about 1,300 social infrastructure projects to enhance workplaces and community spaces and $14 million to help organizations build grassroots capacity.

Supporting these organizations is key to addressing racism and other issues facing Black Canadians, he said.

“We are working hard to address these systemic barriers,” Hussen said.

“The best way to do that is to help the Canadian organizations that have done so much for so long with so little support.”

The money is part of a program the Liberals launched two years ago with $25 million in funding for capacity building and infrastructure projects by Black-led groups.

Hussen said the government learned there was a need for more resources and decided to dedicate additional money to go out immediately.

The government announced up to $350 million for Black entrepreneurs in partnership with several Canadian financial institutions in September to help them survive the economic stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, but experts said the program was not enough to address the gap in funding for Black-owned businesses.