RPIRG launches new dedicated BIPOC grants streams for racial justice and community safety and wellbeing

**updated May 2021**

RPIRG is pleased to announce the launch of new dedicated grant funding for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) students and community members.

The following new grant programs are open exclusively to self-identified racialized students and Regina residents. They are meant to specifically fund:

  • Racial justice organizing/advocacy/research being done individually or as part of groups, collectives, and organizations based in Regina (or led by UofR students in Saskatchewan more broadly)
  • General health, wellbeing, and safety of racialized students and Regina residents

Please note: we are running these new grants as a pilot project until February 28, 2022 – We will use feedback from the pilot to assess for any needed adjustments (amount of funding, scope, etc,) and continue this program moving forward.

Categories

Urgent need for personal health or legal costs

This is a grant to support personal or household urgent one-time healthcare or legal costs, such as seeking legal advice, cost of legal documents, accessing gender-affirming surgery, having to take unpaid time off work for bereavement or family care support, etc. This category is open to RPIRG BIPOC student members only, including those registered through the UofR, Campion, Luther, and FNU.

Deadline to apply: on a rolling basis until fund is empty

Amount: up to $100/individual and $200/household

Community Service Microgrants

This is a grant to support smaller scale racial justice or community safety and wellbeing initiatives, that can include personal or group training, attending conferences or gatherings, advocacy or research. This category is open to RPIRG BIPOC student members as well as BIPOC Regina residents.

Deadline to apply: on a rolling basis until fund is empty

Amount: up to $200

Community Service Large Grants

This is a grant to support larger scale racial justice and community safety and wellbeing initiatives, that can include personal or group training, attending conferences or gatherings, advocacy or graduate research. This category is open to RPIRG BIPOC student members as well as BIPOC Regina residents.

Deadlines to apply: Feb 1, Mar 1, July 1, Oct 1, Nov 1

Maximum amounts

  • training/conference/gatherings – up to $600/person or $2000 for group for 4 or more people
  • Grad research – up to $800
  • All other programming initiatives – no maximum amount*

*please note: like with other RPIRG grants, for applications seeking more than $1500 there is less of a chance that will be able to fully fund them, depending on how many applications we receive throughout the year. This is not mentioned to discourage anyone from applying, but rather to help applicants in planning their budgets.

Eligibility

Besides the fund being only open to BIPOC student and Regina residents, all of the eligibility criteria for the above listed grants are the same as for other RPIRG grants of the same category. To learn more about all of our funding grants and eligibility, and apply, please visit our funding page.

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