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Youth-led Community Change Program

Grants to Ontario, Canada Youth-Led Groups
for Social Justice & Community Action

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Foundation / Corporation

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Laidlaw Foundation

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Grants to Ontario, Canada youth-led groups that are working to bring attention to and address concerns that are important to them, their peers, and their communities. The Foundation is particularly interested in creative projects that reach underserved youth, addressing social justice and youth community priorities, and efforts to get young people’s perspectives heard by people making decisions that have an impact on their lives (eg. Politicians, School Boards, Community Housing, Service Providers, Parents).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143396

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The group running the project must be a youth-led group working in Ontario, consisting of at least 3 members who are committed to making the project happen and who are between the ages of 15-29.
-The project brings attention to community and social issues that impact the health and wellbeing of young people.
-Young people must have developed the idea, planned the project and be the ones making the project happen.
-Youth-led groups can apply for funding as independent groups or in partnership with another organization that offers mentorship and administrative support.

Not Funded:
-Projects that are not youth-led
-Projects outside of Ontario and Canada
-Non-secular and faith-based projects
-Fundraising campaigns, benefits, endowments and/or sponsorships
-Emergency appeals, personal appeals and deficit reduction programs
-Building and capital campaigns, renovations, vehicles or other acquisitions
-Retroactive requests

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may wish to review the Assessment Criteria (attached below) prior to applying.

Submit your application using this form:

During the assessment process, Foundation staff may follow-up with you to collect more information, contact community partners listed in your application, and request a site visit or an in-person meeting. A summary of this information will be included in the materials presented to the Proposal Review Committee.

The Review Committee will assess the proposals and makes the final decisions on all applications. You will receive an email letting you know the outcome of the committee’s decision. In general it takes 10-12 weeks to review all the applications and to report decisions. You are encouraged to follow-up with Foundation Staff for feedback on your application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ana Skinner, Program Manager
416-964-3614 ext. 307

Laidlaw Foundation
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 2000
Toronto ON M4W 3L4


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Canada: Ontario;

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