Supporting Small and Medium Organizations, Educators and Canadian Youth

The Spur Change program is a 5-year initiative, funded by Global Affairs Canada, which aims to:

  • increase the effectiveness of Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs) to deliver sustainable results in support of the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  •  increase the engagement of Canadian SMOs in international development;
  • increase the engagement of Canadians youth, as global citizens.

News & Events


Registration for the first unit of this year’s national training is live! From March 20-31, sign up to learn the fundamentals of fundraising and have a better equipped fundraising team. 


The 2023 cohort of the Youth Champions Program is well underway! They are currently in the training phase–gearing up to plan their own public engagement activities later on this summer and fall.

RBM 101 is a self-paced, online training open to anyone but tailored to small and medium organizations. Engage by playing through RBM scenarios with the fledgling Peace & Play organization. Help their team navigate theories of change, logic models, monitoring & evaluation and more! Learn to put theory into practice and come away with applicable skills for your organization. Check out more by visiting the training page and take the course now!

We have numerous  capacity-building opportunities throughout the year, check back often!

Set Criteria to Benefit from the Program

All Canadian SMOs that fit the following GAC criteria are invited to participate in our programming:

  • The consolidated revenue in the organization’s financial statements is equal to or less than $10 million (this limitation does not apply to educational institutions)
  • The organization does not have annual overseas expenditures exceeding $2 million in development assistance (i.e. projects administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective – regardless of the funding source)
  • SMOs can be civil society organizations, education institutions, private sector or social enterprises
  • SMOs must be legally incorporated in Canada

All educators across Canada interested in and committed to inspiring and engaging their school communities towards meaningful, effective and sustainable action on global issues are invited to participate.

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