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REPORT TO:Finance& Corporate ServicesCommittee <br />DATE OF MEETING:September 13, 2021 <br />SUBMITTED BY:Suzanne Charles Watson,Director of Equity, Anti-Racism & <br />Indigenous Initiatives <br />PREPARED BY:Elin Moorlag Silk, Project Manager, Equity, Anti-Racism & <br />Indigenous Initiatives <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED:All Wards <br />DATE OF REPORT:September 2, 2021 <br />REPORT NO.:COR-2021-22 <br />SUBJECT:Community Grant Program for Black, Indigenous and Racialized <br />Groups and Organizations <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That the proposed grant program for Black, Indigenous & Racialized Communitiesin <br />Kitchener, as outlined in Appendix A of COR-2021-22,be approvedwith an annual <br />budget of $50,000for the first three years; <br />Thatthe unused Community Grants balanceof $138,000be reallocatedto fund the <br />proposed community grant programfor the first three years; <br />That the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and General Managers be authorized to <br />execute agreements with recipients pertaining to the proposed community grant <br />program;and <br />That starting in the Fall of 2021,the City will begin the collection and reporting of <br />demographic data for organizations receiving grants in all other grant streams. <br />REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: <br />The purpose of this report is to present, for Council consideration, a new grant program <br />for Black, Indigenous and racialized communities in Kitchener <br />This specialized grant will provide support for community-led programs, initiatives and <br />events meant to decrease inequities and increase opportunities and well-being for <br />Black, Indigenous and racialized communities <br />The financial implications are $150,000 allocated to this grant stream over the first three <br />yearsof the program. <br />Community engagementconducted in the development of this grant proposalincluded <br />ongoing consultation with members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />