Applications open January 15, 2021.
At our Hosted Organization event on November 17, keynote presenter Ruth Mojeed, The Inclusion Project, spoke to our collective responsibilities in civil society for creating an inclusive future, and some ways to further racial equity, diversity and inclusion within your own organization.
A number of organizations have developed offerings that are tailored for Civil Society, including The Inclusion Project (TIP), Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) and Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) and others. TIP provides learning development and trainings to improve understanding of racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI) needs and prospects within the community. IPS offers Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT) to organizations to deepen their understanding, increase cultural competence, and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. ICA offers a Tools for Equity program to help organizations develop long-term equity frameworks, best policies and institutional practices that strengthen management and employee competencies at all levels. These training and program opportunities are delivered for a fee. Other organizations have also developed offerings for Civil Society.
The Victoria Foundation is pleased to announce a small grants program for 2021 to assist Hosted Organizations to access education and training of boards and staff, as well as support for internal programs and practices, that advance the organization’s goals around reconciliation, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. A limited number of grants of up to $1,000 will be available to support funding to help support these goals through accessing education and training opportunities. Applications will open on January 15, 2021 and be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the total funds available are expended.