A small grants program to assist Hosted Organizations with accessing education and training for 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.

Applications are open!

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.

Eligibility

You must be a Hosted Organization with the Victoria Foundation to apply for this grant.

Eligible expenses:

    • Workshops, in-person trainings, discussion circles, communities of practice, or other learning opportunities
    • Practices and processes for engaging and building relationships with Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in their workplace
    • Developing internal equity frameworks, policies, and practices
    • Conducting internal equity audits to better understand the work your organization can do to get started
    • Other activities that further reconciliation, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion within your own organization

Organizational eligibility:

    • You are a Hosted Organization with the Victoria Foundation
    • You are in good standing as a federally-registered charity or other qualified donee with the Canada Revenue Agency.

 

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Offerings

Applicants are encouraged to find an offering that aligns with their goals and strategies as an organization. See below to learn more about some of the offerings from the following organizations:

 

  • The Inclusion Project
    REDI Offering for Hosted Organizations

    The Inclusion Project (TIP) is a social innovation network and resource hub for organizations, communities and institutions engaged in knowledge development and practice to support and further Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI). Our REDI programming is a full service offering to support multi-level and multi-sector organizations in their understanding and prospects for advancing racial inclusion. We work from intersectionality, centring our work on racial equity at the intersection of gender, youth leadership, accessibility and other social determinants for inclusion.

    Existing cultural competency training relies on individuals going through the training to take back their learning and “drive” organizational change. These programs are very effective in increasing awareness and understanding of biases at the individual level. However, they often do not lead to transformational change at the institution or broader systemic change.

    TIP will be supporting intercultural competence development (through an anti-racist framework) and EDI action planning for Hosted Organizations. TIP’s diverse team of equity consultants and change management experts will lead one-on-one sessions with HOs, and in-group sessions with a cohort of organizations working together to advance their racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the region. One of the outcomes of this engagement will be supporting organizations to develop a robust Anti-Racism, Anti-Harassment (ARAH) Plan, a framework for all decision-making, service delivery, community engagement, strategic communications, policy development, human resources management, as well as personal interactions.

    To engage or learn more about our service offering, please contact:

    Mira Nurgalieva | Director of Operations & Public Relations
    E: mnur@theinclusionproject.com

  • Indigenous Perspectives Society

    Indigenous Perspectives Society offers Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT) to help governments, organizations, businesses and individuals deepen their understanding, increase cultural competence, and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. Cultural Perspectives Training is offered through a blended learning model that balances in-class sharing, learning, and collaboration with self-guiding online resources, research and off-site action-taking. Learning is applicable to many areas in our professional and personal lives while encouraging meaningful relationship-building strategies with Indigenous community members and organizations.

    CPT learning outcomes:
    • Develop clear understanding of Residential School history
    • Understand the continued impacts of colonization when working with Indigenous children, youth, and families
    • Understand the inter-generational impacts from the loss of traditional culture experienced by Indigenous peoples
    • Identify social location, decolonization, and the role of the Indigenous ally
    • Engaging in ongoing reflection on how privilege and stereotypes impact work and relationships
    • Increasing cultural competence by applying anti-oppressive ideologies and methods into work and daily life
    • Identifying examples where decision-making opportunities in the workplace can be affected by assumptions and bias
    • Defining cultural intelligence, identify what culturally intelligent practices look like, and how they can be introduced to the work place
    • Increased ability for strengthening collaborative working relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities
    Training costs:

    All IPS training deliveries are currently online. IPS offers private training on a sliding scale and will quote each private training request individually. Public offerings of Cultural Perspectives Training are priced at $250 per participant.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Karman Lippitt | Business Development & Communications Coordinator
    M: 250.857.4962 T: 250.391.0007 x 231

  • Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

    ICA’s Tools for Equity training program will address racial disparities and employment barriers faced by immigrants, refugees and communities of colour in the Capital Regional District. Through equity trainings, organizational audit and coaching the program will help businesses and organizations develop long-term equity frameworks, best policies and institutional practices that strengthen management and employee competencies at all levels. Inequities will not disappear on their own. Tools must be used to create the change we want. To close racial gaps, to encourage cultures of inclusion and to maximize anti-racist impacts, ICA will work in collaboration with businesses and organizations to design strategies that advance justice and equal opportunity for all.

    To create a community where everyone can fully participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed, we must address the historical roots of racism and discrimination that impact racialized and religious minority communities. This includes systemic and institutional racism that exists in many workplaces, in education, in healthcare institutions, and our communities.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Paulina Grainger | Manager – Arts & Community Engagement
    T: 250-388-4728 ext 138

 

Visit the ‘Giving’ section of our website to learn more about hosted organizations.

Questions?

Contact Natasha Benn, Manager of Philanthropic Services
250-381-5532