PopUp Grant: Youth Organizing for Racial Justice & Mental Health Awareness

Laidlaw Foundation

Across Ontario, young people are addressing the trauma of racial inequity in their communities, schools, and workplaces. Youth are confronting systemic racism in an effort to remove barriers in the institutions they navigate and the resources they access. Among the challenges imposed by COVID-19, there is emerging evidence that indicates racial disparities in accessing culturally relevant mental health support for communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.

The Laidlaw Foundation is offering PopUp Grants up to $5,000 to support projects and events created by young people that address the links between racial equity and youth mental health.

Projects could include:

  • Events/conversations which are focused on impactful change and dismantling the systems that harm or exclude Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour
  • Events/conversations that are working to improve awareness and access to culturally responsive mental health support, care, and services for youth in Ontario
  • Murals, art installations, and digital storytelling
  • Capacity-building programs and supports
  • Knowledge-building series

We also encourage applicants to be creative and tell us what they can do with funds up to $5,000.


  • Youth-led groups, organizations, and/or visionaries between the ages of 14-29. At least two individuals should be leading this project. These can be a new grassroots group, a collective, an incorporated non-profit, or an organization with charitable status.
  • All activities should take place in Ontario or be Ontario-focused.
  • Project length should be from 3-6 months (we understand if COVID-19 causes delays or setbacks to your timeline).
  • The project must address both racial equity and youth mental health.

Click on the Learn More link for details and to apply.

Ontario June 25, 2021 Learn More

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