• Overview +

    Youth Direct Action supports young people to respond boldly and collectively to community challenges. In doing so, it invests in youth-led projects that demonstrate creative, relevant and accessible ways of reaching young people who are not engaged effectively by educational, social and community services; bring attention to social justice and community priorities of young people; and work towards having young people’s perspectives and priorities heard by decision makers.

  • Objectives +

    • Elevate the voices of young people with lived experiences in the justice, education,
      and child welfare systems
    • Support initiatives working on or advocating for early intervention
    • Promote equitable and accountable institutions and systems
    • Support initiatives working on or advocating for evidence-based policy
    • Support initiatives that are informed by youth, families and communities
  • Eligibility +

    • Initiatives must be Ontario-based
    • Initiatives must demonstrate youth leadership
    • Initiatives must be based within the communities they are serving and/or with a proven history of working with the communities they identify
    • Distant programming with First Nations must be welcomed by invitation and/or in partnership with the youth and supported by their community-based allies
  • Priorities

    Priority will be given, but not limited to:

    • Initiatives supporting youth that have lived experience with at least one or more of these systems: justice, child welfare and education
    • Initiatives that are Black youth-led and/or Indigenous youth-led
    • Initiatives that take on a youth-centred approach
    • Initiatives that engage families and communities and/or promote healthy relationships with caring adults
    • Projects working to combat systemic racism and discrimination presented across all three systems
    • Collaboratives that demonstrate trusting partnerships
    • Initiatives that connect services and advocacy across all three systems
    • Projects that promote or develop better practices for supporting youth disadvantaged by the justice, education and child welfare
  • Eligibility and Types of Support +

    The Youth Action Fund provides operating and project grants to organizations and initiatives working in Ontario. In general, groups can request up to $100,000 per year for up to three years.

  • Eligible Expenses +

    • Salaries, honoraria, stipends
    • Transportation, food, childcare and other expenses that make project activities accessible to young people and other stakeholders
    • Project materials and small equipment/technology as long as it is directly related to the project Administrative costs associated with the project
  • Ineligible Expenses +

    • Fundraising campaigns
    • Capital projects
    • Direct financial support to for-profit enterprises
    • Endowments
    • Sponsorship of events and conferences
    • Ongoing operating expenses that are unrelated to the proposed project
    • Projects involving partisan political activities
    • Projects involving strictly religious purposes or activities
    • Projects outside of Ontario
  • Applying for Funding & Key Dates +

    The first round of applications has been closed. A new call for applications will be issued in 2020.

    Questions/Need more information about the grant?

    Please reach out to us via email: info@laidlawfdn.org

Youth

Action Fund

The Youth Action Fund, as informed by our Strategic Plan, offers grants to grassroots initiatives working with youth who are underserved by the education system and overrepresented in the justice and child welfare systems. The development of this fund was guided by a series of consultations with experts and advocates in the field, please visit the ‘Briefing Notes’ section of our website to learn more.

Indigenous Youth

& Community

Futures Fund

Through the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund (IYCFF), we invest in opportunities for Indigenous youth to connect with their land, languages and cultures, and strengthen and deepen their relationships within and across Indigenous communities. We also support the transmission of cultural practices and knowledge to future generations.

  • Overview +

    Youth Direct Action supports young people to respond boldly and collectively to community challenges. In doing so, it invests in youth-led projects that demonstrate creative, relevant and accessible ways of reaching young people who are not engaged effectively by educational, social and community services; bring attention to social justice and community priorities of young people; and work towards having young people’s perspectives and priorities heard by decision makers.

  • Objectives +

    Increase youth leadership opportunities, prioritizing young people directly affected by the systems, services or issues the project is addressing.

    Cultivate new ideas and promotes innovative approaches to confronting community challenges.

    Inform and provide insights into ways to improve policies and services meant to support young people.

    Foster collaboration and support reciprocal learning among relevant partners and across generations working on the frontlines of

    Help build the capacity of youth-led groups to be strong advocates and voices for the priorities of their communities.

  • Eligibility +

    We are seeking young, passionate partners who are committed to bringing about positive social change in their communities. We encourage applications from youth-led groups who are directly affected by or have personal experience with the policies, practices, and systems that their projects focus on and seek to improve. Applicants must:

    be aged 14­‐29, living in Ontario,

    have adequate and established supports (peer mentors, adult allies, or other partners)

  • Funding +

    There are two types of Youth Direct Action grants offered:

    Project Grants of up to $25 000 to support action projects that are generally 6 to 18 months in duration. Action projects will:

    demonstrate creative, relevant and accessible ways of reaching young people who are not being engaged effectively by educational, social and community services,

    bring attention to social justice and community priorities of young people and

    work towards having young people’s perspectives and priorities heard by decision makers.

    PopUp Grants up to $1000 to support short-term projects focused on timely and specific issue areas. Themes are identified based on current events and trends that emerge through the applications to the Foundation’s other granting programs and in consultations with our community partners.

  • Eligible Expenses +

    Salaries, honoraria, stipends

    Transportation, food, childcare and other expenses that make project activities accessible to young people and other stakeholders

    Administrative costs associated with the project

    Project materials and small equipment/technology as long as it is directly related to the project

  • Ineligible Expenses +

    Fundraising campaigns

    Capital projects

    Direct financial support to for-profit enterprises

    Endowments

    Ongoing operating expenses that are unrelated to the proposed project

    Projects involving Partisan political activities

    Projects involving strictly religious purposes or activities

  • Applying for Funding & Key Dates +

    Applying for a Project Grant is a two-step process that begins with submitting an expression of interest (EOI). EOIs that meet program priorities may be requested to submit a full application.

    Applying for a PopUP grant is a one step process of submitting an expression of interest.

    Project Grant Expression of Interest Deadline: TBD, likely Winter 2018.

    PopUP Grant Application Deadline: TBD, likely October 2017.

    To view the expression of interest template and assessment criteria please click here.

    If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Program Manager, Ajeev Bhatia at abhatia@laidlawfdn.org

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Program Manager,
Tamer Ibrahim at tibrahim@laidlawfdn.org

  • Overview +

    Youth CI aims to help organizations in local communities across Ontario learn about, develop, launch and implement collective impact approaches that directly improve outcomes for youth in their community.

    Youth CI supports communities through a process of information sessions, workshops, coaching and grants to build and execute a successful collective impact strategy.

  • Objectives +

    Increase youth leadership opportunities, prioritizing young people directly affected by the systems, services or issues the project is addressing.

    Cultivate new ideas and promotes innovative approaches to confronting community challenges.

    Inform and provide insights into ways to improve policies and services meant to support young people.

    Foster collaboration and support reciprocal learning among relevant partners and across generations working on the frontlines of

    Help build the capacity of youth-led groups to be strong advocates and voices for the priorities of their communities.

  • Eligibility +

    We are seeking young, passionate partners who are committed to bringing about positive social change in their communities. We encourage applications from youth-led groups who are directly affected by or have personal experience with the policies, practices, and systems that their projects focus on and seek to improve. Applicants must:

    be aged 14­‐29, living in Ontario,

    have adequate and established supports (peer mentors, adult allies, or other partners)

  • Funding +

    There are two types of Youth Direct Action grants offered:

    Project Grants of up to $25 000 to support action projects that are generally 6 to 18 months in duration. Action projects will:

    demonstrate creative, relevant and accessible ways of reaching young people who are not being engaged effectively by educational, social and community services,

    bring attention to social justice and community priorities of young people and

    work towards having young people’s perspectives and priorities heard by decision makers.

    PopUp Grants up to $1000 to support short-term projects focused on timely and specific issue areas. Themes are identified based on current events and trends that emerge through the applications to the Foundation’s other granting programs and in consultations with our community partners.

  • Eligible Expenses +

    Salaries, honoraria, stipends

    Transportation, food, childcare and other expenses that make project activities accessible to young people and other stakeholders

    Administrative costs associated with the project

    Project materials and small equipment/technology as long as it is directly related to the project

  • Ineligible Expenses +

    Fundraising campaigns

    Capital projects

    Direct financial support to for-profit enterprises

    Endowments

    Ongoing operating expenses that are unrelated to the proposed project

    Projects involving Partisan political activities

    Projects involving strictly religious purposes or activities

  • Applying for Funding & Key Dates +

    Applying for a Project Grant is a two-step process that begins with submitting an expression of interest (EOI). EOIs that meet program priorities may be requested to submit a full application.

    Applying for a PopUP grant is a one step process of submitting an expression of interest.

    Project Grant Expression of Interest Deadline: TBD, likely Winter 2018.

    PopUP Grant Application Deadline: TBD, likely October 2017.

    To view the expression of interest template and assessment criteria please click here.

    If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Program Manager, Ajeev Bhatia at abhatia@laidlawfdn.org

Youth CI

Youth CI aims to help organizations in local communities across Ontario learn about, develop launch and implement collective impact approaches that directly improve outcomes for youth in their community.

 

Youth CI supports communities through a process of information sessions, workshops, coaching and grants to build and execute a successful collective impact strategy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Program Manager,
Tamer Ibrahim at tibrahim@laidlawfdn.org

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