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This funding supports University of Manitoba students, staff, faculty and instructors for action at UM to promote Black Flourishing. Awards generally range from $750 to $1500 dollars, with projects of different scope welcome to apply.

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UM's commitment

The Scarborough Charter on anti-Black racism and Black Inclusion is a historically important document that commits UM to combat anti-Black racism and foster Black inclusion in higher education and communities. As a signatory to the Charter, UM has committed to the overarching principles of Black Flourishing, Inclusive Excellence, Mutuality, and Accountability.

UM’s commitment to taking action on these principles requires: recognizing the diversity and complexity of Black peoples, including Black peoples across the gender spectrum, Black persons with disabilities, and Black peoples in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities; supporting and affirming all Black voices; and investing in Black initiatives at UM.

The Promoting Black Flourishing Fund is sponsored by the office of Equity Transformation and the office of the Vice-President (Administration).

Eligible projects

  • Projects may include (but are not limited to):

    • community-building initiatives;
    • events;
    • guest speakers/public dialogue;
    • celebration of Black excellence;
    • creative projects or exhibits;
    • film-screenings or performances; or
    • community engagement.


    The fund does not support: individual research projects; teaching release; course materials or fees; conference travel; or individual professional development costs. Projects or initiatives delivered primarily by non-UM organizations are not eligible for funding.

How to apply

Application details

Applications are welcome from UM students, faculty and staff, as well as other UM-affiliated Black individuals or groups.

Application requirements

  • Lead individual(s), including name, position and UM email address
  • Organization(s) or group(s) involved, where applicable
  • Self-identification as Black, Black Canadian, African, Afro-Caribbean, or Caribbean
  • University of Manitoba affiliation
  • Project title and project description (250 words maximum)
  • Description of how the project contributes to Black flourishing at UM (250 words maximum)
  • Timeline
  • Budget, including any received or requested funding from other sources
  • Status of any projects previously funded through the Promoting Black Flourishing Fund

Application timeline

Application deadline: December 1, 2023

Applicants notified by December 20, 2023

Award funds must be spent by March 31, 2024.

The next call for applications will take place in May 2024, with June 1, 2024 deadline.

For further information, contact the Office of Equity Transformation, at equity@umanitoba.ca