Deadline: April 16, 2022

Empathy is an invaluable natural resource for conflict transformation. With empathy, we can build a better society because it enables human beings to appreciate other people’s perspectives and respond to other people’s thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion. Empathy serves as an inhibitor of aggression and conflict, a catalyst of prosocial behavior, and helps us make better choices that promote sustainable peace.

The Emile Bruneau Empathy Fund was established in 2020 in memory of  Dr. Emile Bruneau, a peacebuilder, neuroscientist, and founding member of Empathy for Peace who passed away in 2020. The Emile Bruneau Empathy Fund aims to support grassroots empathy projects around the world.

The 2022 Call for Applications for the Emile Bruneau Empathy Fund is now open.  The fund welcomes submissions from groups and grassroots organizations for projects that support building /fostering empathy in children and youth. Projects can be located anywhere, however, applications from areas of conflict, political or social instability, and/or violence will be prioritized.


  • Submissions must be from a registered not-for-profit organization or be sponsored by a registered not-for-profit organization
  • Submissions must be for projects that aim to primarily support children and youth
  • Submissions must be for projects with a goal or the main component that aims to foster empathy – For more information on best practices to build empathy please review this white paper or other resources on our website.
  • Submissions can be for new or existing projects and funding can be used to cover the full or partial costs of the project



  • Emile Bruneau Empathy Fund anticipates being able to fund 2-3 projects for a maximum of $2,000 CAD per project.

Application process


  • Deadline to receive applications April 15, 2022
  • Review submissions April – May 2022
  • Announce successful projects May 2022
  • Disburse funding to selected projects June 2022

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