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mutual aid

Our communities are forging opportunities to honour our past and dream of better futures, yet many of us are still in the depths of hardships amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black people in Canada have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic through higher unemployment rates, eviction notices, and COVID-19 hospitalizations. That is why we are inviting Black people in Canada to apply for the Black Mutual Aid Fund.

We have already distributed $250 microgrants to 1180 Black individuals and families to support their needs. We have raised a total of $431,500 for community microgrants, which means that we are able to provide 454 more Black people with funding.

ROUND 2 OF THE BLACK MUTUAL AID FUND IS NOW CLOSED. WE HOPE TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING BLACK INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AND WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATED REPORT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Individuals who identify as Black (i.e. African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Indigenous, Afro-Latinx, etc)
  • Individuals living full-time/based in Canada.

Who is NOT eligible to apply?

  • Non-Black individuals.
  • Board/Staff of BLM-Canada or Wildseed Centre and their immediate families.
  • Individuals who received a grant from BLM-TO’s Black Emergency Support Fund or Black Mutual Aid Fund Round 1.

When can I apply?

We remained open until we reached 454 individual applications. We have now reached our maximum number of responses for the first Black Mutual Aid Fund and applications are officially closed for now.

Will there be another round of funding?

We have not initiated plans for a third round. Future updates on the Black Mutual Aid Fund will be shared on our social media pages and this page.

How many times can I apply?

Individuals/families may only apply for the Mutual Aid Fund once.

How many people will receive funds?

We will distribute all available funds to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served. We will continue to distribute until we have emptied the Fund. As of now, Round 2 will support 454 Black individuals/families to start.

How much can I apply for?

For this round, one-time microgrants are available in the amount of $250.

For how long will this fund be open?

We kept applications open for as long as there were funds, and anticipated reaching our maximum fairly quickly. We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

How can I support the Canada Black Mutual Aid Fund?

We are so appreciative of everyone who has already donated to the Mutual Aid Fund. If you are still interested in supporting, please visit our donation page.

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