Black Students in Canada Fund

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Recent protests supporting Black Lives Matter have demonstrated the need for expanded awareness and support for Black communities in Canada facing anti-black racism, and how it impacts every aspect of their lives. In response, the founders of the KEATCA Fund have launched the Black Students in Canada Fund, and are seeking to raise a minimum of $125,000 to disburse $5,000 in grants every year.

CONTEXT AND VISION

One impact of systemic anti-Black racism is that it perpetuates intergenerational poverty; as a result, many Black students can face difficulties accessing public post-secondary education, which we believe is one of the most important tools for change.

In 2008, we founded the KEATCA Fund (Knowledge, Education and Training Canada) to support students with financial barriers to pursue public post-secondary education. Now, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we are initiating this fundraiser specifically for Black students. Please contribute and support Black post-secondary students from across Canada to meet their educational goals.

GOAL

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $125,000 to create a sustainable endowment fund to support Black students attending Canadian public post-secondary institutions. The income from the endowment will be used to provide $5,000 in grants every year in perpetuity. Identification of grant recipients will occur in partnership with Registered Canadian Charities run by and for Black communities. Regardless of the amount raised, we will continue to support Black students through partner organizations.

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The roots of anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination in Canada run deep. They are historically embedded in our society, in our culture, in our laws and in our attitudes. They are built into our institutions and perpetuate the social and economic disparities that exist in everything from education, to healthcare, to housing and employment.~Canadian Human Rights Commission (2020)

Criteria

  • Students must be enrolled in a public post-secondary educational institution.
  • Canadian applicants must have a family income of less than $30,000 CDN per annum
  • Foreign applicants must have a family income of less than $30,000 CDN per annum in terms in terms of the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in their home countries.
  • Grants cover only tuition fees or a part thereof for a degree, or a vocational or training program. Grants will be made for one year at a time and may be renewed.
  • Grants will be paid directly to the educational institution or through the partner organization. KEATCA committees will determine the grant amounts based on need, availability of funds and the criteria (See section on Application Criteria below).

Timeline

Our grant application period for individuals starts on April 1 each year. We welcome applications from eligible candidates up to midnight April 30 pacific daylight savings time. The selected candidates will be notified by June 15 each year.

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