York University-TD Community Engagement Centre issues call for proposals for Catalyst Grants

The York University-TD Community Engagement Centre is again offering its annual Catalyst Grants program. This year’s theme is “Building Better Together.”

Catalyst Grants are intended to provide start-up funding for innovative partnerships between York University and the Black Creek community. The grants can cover a broad range of ideas that respond to community need. This year’s call seeks proposals for projects that tackle some of the challenges exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and identify some re-imagined or creative steps forward.

This year, organizers are seeking proposals that focus on one, or both, of the following:

  • Strengthen communities: Projects that aim to strengthen a response to a community challenge and/or gap. For example, a project that addresses the gaps exacerbated by COVID-19 on the Black Creek Community.
  • Enhancing equity through Anti-Black Racism: Projects that look to improve community outcomes by applying an anti-Black Racism lens.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 6, by 11:59 p.m. Proposals should be submitted by email to Talisha Ramsaroop, community projects coordinator, by email at talishar@yorku.ca.

To assist with project submissions and to learn more about the Catalyst Grants, two community information webinars have been organized.

The first webinar will take place Tuesday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. Register in advance at: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvcOGqrDsoH9aERCCJtp1T9Zin0zVvRUwl.

The second webinar will take place Wednesday July 14 at 6 p.m. Register in advance at: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrfuyurjMrGN1OFSDMFNrLhSHvQygDHK-g.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To learn more and to review the PDF containing the full submission guidelines for the Catalyst Grants, visit the York University-TD Community Engagement Centre website. Click the news tab to find the information on the Catalyst Grants.