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Cassels Launches Third Annual Grant to Support Canadian Black-Owned Small Businesses

04/25/2022

Update: Applications are now closed for 2022. We appreciate everyone who took the time to apply and we look forward to announcing this year’s recipient(s) soon.

Cassels is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from Black-owned or operated small businesses in Vancouver for the third annual Cassels Black-Owned Small Business Grant, supported by Wheaton Precious Metals.

As in 2021, we are focused on supporting businesses who align with our firm’s core values and will most benefit from the grant and the legal expertise that we offer. In 2022, the total of the grants provided will be up to $125,000, combining funds raised by individuals from across Cassels with the generous support of Wheaton Precious Metals.

In addition, this grant amount will be matched with pro bono legal services to help these businesses succeed. Our hope is that this initiative will provide recipients with the financial support and expert advice needed to sustain their business and create long term economic opportunity.

We are also pleased to announce that Evelyne Nyairo, founder of Ellie Bianca and a recipient of a 2021 Grant, will be joining our Grant Committee to review applications in 2022.

The complete application form and accompanying terms and conditions can be downloaded here:

Completed applications can be submitted by email to grantapps@cassels.com. All applications must be received by 5pm Pacific Time on Friday, June 10, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Ardy Mohajer and Kwaku Tabi, Grant Committee Members, at grantapps@cassels.com.

About the Cassels Black-Owned Small Business Grant

At Cassels, we believe that a diverse environment is a rich environment, and an open, inclusive atmosphere benefits everyone working in it. While we continue to work to foster such an environment within our firm it is also our desire to promote such diversity and inclusion in the broader business world in which we operate.

We understand the funding challenges that small businesses face in Canada and are aware of the unique challenges faced by Black business owners. Accordingly, over three years (2020, 2021, and 2022), Cassels will offer financial support to the Black business community in the form of a grant or grants to one or more Black-owned or operated small businesses in each of the three cities in which we work and live (Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary) with the goal of creating long-term economic opportunity.