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B.U.I.L.D.S. Project

B.U.I.L.D.S. Project

Supporting BIPOC organizations to grow in the South Fraser region

Through DIVERSEcity’s B.U.I.L.D.S. (BIPOC Unified Inclusive Leading Organization Development for South Fraser) Project, we are supporting grassroots BIPOC organizations to help grow their services and impact in the community by accessing Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) federal funding.

It’s about levelling the playing field for you to expand your reach in the settlement sector and focus on institutional growth and greater service delivery. Join us for this unique opportunity to strengthen your capacity to access federal funding and discover new ways to engage with federal and provincial stakeholders within the settlement sector.

How grassroots BIPOC organizations like yours will benefit

  • Access capacity-building opportunities to improve your organizational readiness and capacity, within an IRCC-funded environment.
  • Receive mentorship task list for new and emerging organizations as they consider the wide range of information required to prepare a funding application.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship, employing a JEDI-based strategy to guarantee representation and equity.
  • B.U.I.L.D.S. has developed self-paced learning activities for partners looking to strengthen organizational and service capacity.
  • Partners can engage in asynchronous capacity-building activities to support their understanding of IRCC-funding models.
  • Partners can participate in networking events that promote collaboration in the settlement sector.

Partners with higher needs will also be able to avail themselves of individual organization mentoring for targeted infrastructural development to successfully apply for and manage IRCC contribution agreements.

Join the B.U.I.L.D.S. Project

Work with us to create more proportional opportunities for culturally responsive services when we empower and support grassroot organizations. Our goal is to simplify the process of obtaining up-to-date information on regional necessities. This will help establish equal opportunities for capacity-building and create awareness for smaller organizations on avoiding duplication and complementing the services offered.

Sign up now to be a part of a collaborative process in which we will work with your organization to provide a series of orientations targeted to your readiness and needs.

Virtual and in-person sessions and activities will take place until August 2, 2024.


BIPOC-led grassroots organizations working with newcomers are eligible.

Want to learn more about joining B.U.I.L.D.S.?

To learn more, contact Sumaiyyah Adam, Project Manager, at 604-307-6486 or email sadam@dcrs.ca.


Webinar Series

Through the BUILDS Project, we have partnered with 4 stakeholder partners to conduct a four-part webinar series on the following topics:

  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  2. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
  3. Research/Data Collection
  4. Financial Management

These videos serve as a self-paced learning tool, providing B.U.I.L.D.S. organizations with educational content in an easy-to-find and consumable format on topics related to strengthening their organizational and service capacity in the settlement sector. Following the presentations, resources for further reading and deepening will be included in a resource guide currently being developed.

Part One: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Presented by Kim Haxton, March 22, 2024

Part Two: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
Presented by Muhi Bakini, April 19, 2024

Part Three: Research/Data Collection
Presented by Chelsea Klassen (CHASI), April 27, 2024