The application portal for this funding opportunity is now closed, and will re-open in early 2022.
The WES Mariam Assefa Fund launched in Canada in 2020 to support efforts to build inclusive economies and ensure all immigrants and refugees can achieve their aspirations and thrive.
In 2021, the Fund seeks to continue learning about the great work of organizations across Canada and identify impactful, innovative solutions that support the success of immigrants and refugees. The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is looking for funding ideas aligned with one or more of the Fund’s four social impact goals.
As a catalytic funder, we are especially interested in supporting initiatives in early stages of development or at key inflection points, such as exploring how to grow a successful model. Given that the Canadian government is the main funder of immigrant settlement and employment programs, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund will only consider funding solutions that complement – not duplicate – programs funded by the government. Programs should be new or additive to the field, target existing and future gaps in the system, or address needs that are not currently being met.
The application portal for this funding opportunity is now closed. The portal will re-open and begin accepting LOIs again in early 2022. Following the review of LOIs, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. Awardees will receive grants that are up to two years in length, and most grants will range from CAD150,000 to CAD200,000. Subscribe to our email list to be notified when the 2022 portal re-opens.
In addition to the funding provided, selected applicants will become grantee partners of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. As part of the Fund’s partner community, they will have access to peer-learning, capacity building, and other programming.
Please be sure to first read through the full details on this page and in our FAQs. Then, eligible organizations may submit LOIs through our online application portal, SurveyMonkey Apply. You will need to create an account there first.
All LOIs must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply. Paper applications and applications sent by email will not be accepted.
We will prioritize and consider projects that:
Applications will be reviewed using the following evaluation criteria: