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Government of Canada launches Anti-Racism Action Program

Government of Canada launches Anti-Racism Action Program

Deadline: 17 December 2019

Government of Canada has launched a Anti-Racism Action Program (ARAP) to help address barriers to employment, justice and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities.

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The ARAP is one important means by which the Government of Canada implements Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy.


The objectives of the program are to:

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  • support communities confronting racism and discrimination, promote intercultural and interfaith understanding and foster equitable opportunities to participate fully in Canadian society;
  • promote and engage in discussions on multiculturalism, diversity, racism and religious discrimination at the domestic and international levels; and
  • strengthen research and evidence to build understanding of the disparities and challenges faced by racialized and religious minority communities, and Indigenous peoples.

Initiatives funded under the ARAP are expected to:

  • increase the capacity of organizations to focus on systemic barriers to employment, justice and social participation;
  • increase the delivery of resources, programs, campaigns and services which address barriers to employment, justice and social participation;
  • increase participation by Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities in projects which address barriers to employment, justice and social participation; and/or
  • increase the availability and accessibility of data, evidence and community insights regarding the disparities experienced by Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities.

Eligible Expenses

Only project-related cash expenses are eligible; these may include:

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  • salaries, benefits and consultant fees directly related to the project;
  • travel and accommodation within Canada, which must not exceed the rates permitted for travel on government business;
  • hospitality (only for meals and refreshments for workshop participants);
  • promotion and communication;
  • evaluation and audit;
  • insurance (recipients must ensure that any public events funded by the Program are covered by appropriate insurance);
  • rental of office space and equipment not normally used in their organization’s daily operations.
  • In all cases, administration/overhead costs (e.g. rental of office space) will be limited to a maximum of 15% of the total project funding.

Eligibility Criteria

The following groups and institutions are eligible for funding:

  • Canadian Indigenous organizations;
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations and associations;
  • Non-federal Canadian public institutions such as boards of education, schools, colleges and universities, chambers of commerce, law enforcement and police agencies, hospitals and other health care institutions; and
  • Provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments and their agencies.

Eligible Projects

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To be eligible, applicants project must align with 1 or more of the following 3 key themes:

  • Employment: reducing barriers to hiring, leadership training and workplace skills training;
  • Justice: promoting interventions for youth and encouraging positive relationships between communities and the criminal justice system; and
  • Social participation: promoting participation and reducing barriers in community sport, arts and culture.

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate all eligible applications:

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  • The application demonstrates how the project contributes to one or more of the program objectives;
  • The application demonstrates the need for and value-added of the project and provides evidence that supports this need;
  • The applicant has the required experience, resources, and capacity to successfully carry out the project (with regard to past experience, financial situation, human resource capacity, and governance structure);
  • The extent to which the applicant has included stakeholders and beneficiaries as active participants in project design and implementation;
  • The applicant has planned for the resources needed to successfully deliver the project, on time and on budget;
  • The project directly addresses barriers experienced by Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, or religious minorities;
  • The project activities are clearly described and are linked to the goals of the project;
  • The project is designed to effectively reach its target audience, beneficiaries, and participants;
  • The application contains an effective evaluation plan and expected results are both realistic and measurable;
  • The application contains an outreach and dissemination plan (where applicable);
  • The proposed budget is reasonable and takes into consideration the efficient and prudent use of public funds; and
  • The proposed budget is balanced (no surplus or deficit) and detailed.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/anti-racism-action-program.html

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