Funding / Partnerships
Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR)
The CCBR is focused on strengthening communities through social research. Their approach to research is participatory and action-oriented in a way that mobilizes people to participate as full and equal members of society. They are an independent, non-profit organization located in Kitchener Ontario.
Helmut Braun Memorial Award; established in 2001 by CCBR, this award is named after Helmut Braun, an advocate for the rights of folks living with mental health issues. The fund contributes to the cost of post-secondary education for a student pursuing social studies in a variety of disciplines. Since 2015, the award has largely been funded by LSPIRG.
Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA)
CCRLA is an interdisciplinary research centre located within Laurier's Faculty of Science. Their work is focused on developing community partnerships and producing research, learning and action that advances community well-being and social justice.
CCRLA facilitates community-based research by establishing links between community partners and Laurier students and faculty researchers. They also organize a public lecture series and relevant workshops for community members, students, and faculty members. LSPIRG is proud to provide a significant amount of funding to CCRLA each year.
A huge part of what we do is support students and community members in their advocacy initiatives. One of the ways we can provide support is through one-time funding requests. To submit an application, please click here. Some projects we helped fund in 2018 include:
Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival
The Islands club attending the Caribbean Culture Weekend
TEXTILE Magazine, a new local media collective by and for marginalized voices
Supporting a non-profit called Beneficent that supports students entrenched with debt
LSPIRG also has formal partnerships with Wilfrid Laurier University and the Students’ Union, governed by Memorandums of Understanding. We also have more informal partnerships like with KW Peace, the Racial Justice Network and the Brantford Food Forest. We partner with individuals, departments and clubs on certain projects as well, like how we are currently supporting Ocean Miller, Association of Black Students Executive, in producing a film called ROOTS, about the ups and downs of being Black in predominantly white spaces.