February 3, 2022 – The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) announced $5.1 million in funding to 28 community-based organizations through its Catapult Canada Access Innovation Fund. The Fund helps to support youth-serving organizations using innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes for Canadian youth, including the over 11% (more than 1 million) not in education, employment or training (NEET). This was the second open call for funding proposals and brings the total amount awarded to $7.5 million since Catapult Canada launched in March 2021.
For the first time, Catapult Canada is able to directly support projects run by non-profit organizations as well as registered charities. In this round, eight non-profit organizations will have their projects funded, further expanding the accessibility of their programs.
“This is particularly important as the issue of funding not-for-profits is one that the philanthropic sector has continued to grapple with,” said Ikem Opara, the RHF’s Director of National Learning Partnerships. “Being able to invest in these non-profit projects directly in a way that affords them greater autonomy, as well as relevant supports and capacity building was an important part of our design.”
The Catapult Canada Access Innovation Fund is funded by the Government of Canada’s Goal Getters program, private philanthropy including the Barrett Canada Fund, and ScotiaRISE, Scotiabank’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to promote economic resilience among disadvantaged groups.
The Access Innovation Fund is one of the key components of a wider initiative called Catapult Canada. Powered by the Rideau Hall Foundation, Catapult Canada supports youth across the country in achieving their learning objectives. Catapult Canada’s online platform provides a single destination to share and amplify resources among a community of organizations serving youth across the country, and will eventually support a mentorship program. All with the goal of eliminating barriers for youth to achieve their ambitions and reach their full potential. Visit www.CatapultCanada.ca to learn more.
African Nova Scotian Post-secondary PREP Academy Association (Nova Scotia)
Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan Secretariat Inc. (Manitoba)
Ethos Lab Educational Society (British Columbia)
Helping Hands Platform (Ontario)
La Converse (Quebec)
Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation (Manitoba)
Power to Girls Foundation (Ontario)
VIDEA (Remote Indigenous communities in BC, Alberta, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario)
4Rs Youth Movement c/o Community Foundations of Canada (Canada-wide)
Black Creek Community Farm, Foodshare Toronto (Ontario)
Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region (Ontario)
Elementary Literacy Inc. / L’Alphabétisation au Primaire Inc. (New Brunswick)
Girls Incorporated of Durham (Ontario)
Héberjeune de Parc Extension (Quebec)
Hope Blooms Youth Social Entrepreneurial Ventures Inc. (Nova Scotia)
International Development and Relief Foundation (Alberta)
JAYU Festival Inc. (Ontario)
Red Crow Community College, Mikai’sto Foundation (Alberta)
The Mohawk College Foundation (Ontario)
OCH Foundation for Healthy Communities / Fondation LCO pour des communautés saines (Ontario)
Parkdale Food Centre (Ontario)
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (British Columbia)
Weston Frontlines Centre (Ontario)
WRDC Educational Resource Centre (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Young Entrepreneurs of Canada Association (British Columbia and New Brunswick)
Youth Central Society (Alberta)