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.
We are currently accepting letters of intent (LOIs) through our application portal by August 2, 2021. 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.
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.
To submit an LOI form, create an account in SurveyMonkey Apply. You can also access a Word document of the form here. Please be sure to read through the full details about the opportunity here on this page and in our FAQs.
We will prioritize and consider projects that:
Applications will be reviewed using the following evaluation criteria: