Employment and other opportunities available at CFSC are listed below. Canadian Friends Service Committee is a small team and much of the work is done by volunteers, so employment opportunities are available only infrequently. CFSC is an equal opportunity employer and appreciates all interest but it is our policy only to respond to candidates who are invited to interview for a position. Thank you for your understanding.
Summer youth employment
Check the Program Assistant page for details about this opportunity available each year.
Check the service opportunities page to learn about ways you can take positive actions to let your life speak.
CFSC offers project grants to individuals and Meetings undertaking peace and justice work. Individual Friends, Quaker Meetings, and agencies involved in the areas of work supported by CFSC may apply for funds. All work must be carried out in ways consistent with CFSC’s values and which serve CFSC’s overall mission. This include in particular that those involved in the work should be able to participate regardless of personal characteristics such as race, religion, ethnic affiliation, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, etc. Commitment to equality of persons entails actively working to welcome people with diverse experiences and identities in the CFSC funded project.
For all grants, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact us early on, to see if their leading may be eligible. Program grants are open to non-Friends, individual grant are only available to members and regular attenders and the application process requires discernment with the applicant’s Quaker Meeting. Consultation with CFSC and discernment with the Meeting may happen at the same time.
We do not provide funds for projects that are completed or are near completion. Tuition and training expenses usually are not eligible.
All grant applications are reviewed as they are received. Consultation can take several months before an application is ready for consideration of approval.
All recipients of CFSC grants will be required to submit a financial report with original receipts showing how the funds were used. Additionally, applicants will send CFSC a description or story of how CFSC’s funds were used in service of the leading in question. This should including pictures when appropriate. More information about reporting and timelines will be provided to successful applicants.
The following CFSC grants are available:
CFSC Individual Grant – up to $2,000
Who can apply? Friends and regular attenders who are undertaking activity related to a peace and social justice issue, or are working to meet a social need: local, national, or international. Those who have received a CFSC individual grant within the last three years are encouraged to seek other sources of funding so that individual grants may be made available to as many Friends as possible.
In-Canada Project Grant – up to $500
Who can apply? Friends, regular attenders, and Meetings undertaking activity related to a peace and social justice issue, or are working to meet a social need: local, national, or international.
Overseas Project Grant – variable funding available
Who can apply? CFSC considers peace and development-focused overseas project proposals from Canadian Monthly Meetings only.
What kinds of projects qualify? Proposals should demonstrate a clear contribution to establishing a culture of peacebuilding, be carried out overseas, work in partnership with a local organization in the country specified, and have the active support of at least one Monthly Meeting.
Indigenous Rights Project Grant – up to $1,000
Who can apply? Indigenous people, Indigenous organizations, Friends, regular attenders, or Meetings seeking funding for work supporting Indigenous Peoples’ human rights.
What kinds of projects qualify? Proposals should be for grassroots projects (initiated by Indigenous Peoples or Quakers working with them) that contribute to the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. Quaker connections are useful, but are not required. Usual maximum grant is $1,000.
Policy on Funding Indigenous Rights Project Grants
The history of settlers imposing external constraints and requirements on Indigenous Peoples leads us to take special care to guide our relationships with Indigenous Peoples by CFSC’s values. We have long worked to avoid colonial practices in relations with Indigenous partners, and to avoid being overly bureaucratic. Most of our projects are funded under $1,000 and do not involve incorporated agencies.
Criminal Justice Project Grants – up to $1,000
Individuals or organizations, whether Quaker or not, may apply. The project must work to prevent harm, repair harm, and move beyond harm in relation to the justice system through means that are healing for all concerned and for society as a whole.
Consideration will be given to if there is a Friend (Quaker)/Monthly Meeting (Quaker Church) close to, or involved in, the project and geographic location of the project.
Rather than providing sustained core funding to established organizations, preference will be given to:
- projects that others will not grant
- seed money for new projects/initiatives
- one-off kinds of projects