Ontario Helping More Communities Protect Against Racism and Hate

Ontario Helping More Communities Protect Against Racism and Hate

Province doubling investment in grant program to support more local projects

January 31, 2022

Citizenship and Multiculturalism

TORONTO — The Ontario government is helping more communities combat racism and hate by doubling its investment in the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program. An additional $1.6 million in funding will help support more community-led public education and awareness projects, bringing the total funding for the grant program to $3.2 million over two years.

“By supporting the important work in our communities in the fight against racism and hate, we are strengthening our commitment to a more equitable Ontario,” said Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “Doubling our investment in the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant will also protect our progress in improving outcomes for those facing racism and hate across the province.”

The Ontario government developed the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant in collaboration with community partners for local projects that increase public education and awareness on the impact of racism and hate, in all its many forms. These grants will support eligible organizations, including community-based and not-for-profit organizations, to lead initiatives that help build capacity, connect communities and deepen understanding to address the impacts of racism and hate.

In September 2021, the government announced $1.6 million for the program. Grants of up to $40,000 over two years for independent projects and $100,000 over two years for partnerships between two or more organizations have been awarded to 32 new community programs.

New applications are being accepted until February 14, 2022 for a second round of grants totalling up to $1.6 million. Existing eligible applicants will be automatically considered for the additional funding. More information on the reopening of the program is available on the grant webpage.

Quick Facts

  • There is no change to the eligibility criteria and program design and principles. If a person submitted an eligible application for an Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant prior to 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 15, 2021, and their application was not successful, it will be automatically considered for a grant under the additional funding.
  • Applicants will need to resubmit an application by the new deadline if their original application:
    • Was submitted late (i.e., after 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2021),
    • Was incomplete, including not using the required application form or
    • Has a budget that exceeds the maximum funding amount for the tier submitted.
  • In the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario, the government announced nearly $10 million over two years for new and enhanced initiatives to help address racism and hate. This included doubling the investment in the Anti‐Racism Anti‐Hate Grant program.