Applications now open for the Francisco Rico-Martinez Access to Justice Award

Francisco Rico-Martínez

Francisco Rico-Martínez

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is now seeking applications for the Francisco Rico-Martinez Access to Justice Award. The award exists to honour and continue Francisco’s leadership over three decades within the CCR, and it is given on an annual basis to support a project aligned with the core commitments of the also late co-founder and co-director of the FCJ Refigee Centre.

If you have an idea for a project that will further Francisco’s legacy, you can request up to a maximum of $10,000 to help push it forward.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday October 17, 2023.


Applicants may be an individual, a group of individuals or an organization in Canada.

Applications must be:

  • Submitted by a member organization of the CCR,
  • Supported by a member organization of the CCR.

Eligible projects

You can propose projects designed to advance access to justice in an area within the mandate of the CCR in one or both of two fields: Capacity building and Advocacy.

Here are some more specific areas for consideration, based on Francisco’s commitments:

  • Building leadership of people with lived refugee experience
  • Supporting youth leadership
  • Developing political understanding of how to effect change
  • Advocating for rights for refugees and the forcibly displaced
  • Advocating for access to education for all
  • Advocating for access to status

Click here to download the application to apply.

If you prefer to donate to the award fund instead, click here.