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 $433,657, which means that we are able to provide 545 more Black people with funding.

ANOTHER ROUND OF THE BLACK MUTUAL AID FUND WILL OPEN ON SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021. THE APPLICATION LINK WILL BE POSTED ON THIS PAGE.

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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?

Applications for the first round of Black Mutual Aid Fund will be opened on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  No request or applications will be accepted prior.

Will there be another round of funding?

While have not initiated plans for a third round, all updates on the Black Mutual Aid Fund will be shared on our social media pages and website.

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 545 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 will keep applications open for as long as there are funds. We anticipate a significant amount of applications, and so will likely reach its maximum in the first few days. Please plan accordingly.

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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