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Grants to Ontario Youth and Groups of Youth in Eligible Counties for Youth-Led Projects that Benefit the Community

Youth in Action Grant


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Funding Source
United Way Perth-Huron
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Ontario: Perth and Huron Counties;

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/13/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ontario youth and groups of youth for projects that benefit the community in eligible counties. Eligible applicants are teen and young adult leaders between the ages of 14 and 24. Projects and programs must be led by youth and offer original ideas to address youth community issues in Perth and Huron counties.

United Way Perth-Huron is looking for: 

  • Projects created and driven by youth.
  • Projects that feature youth working together.
  • Projects that address important youth issues.
  • Projects that improve the lives of youth and/or the community.
  • Projects that share a youth perspective on local issues.
  • New, imaginative ideas United Way hasn't seen before.
  • Projects with a clear goal.

Projects must be:

  • Created and driven by youth from Perth and/or Huron Counties.
  • Taking place in Perth and/or Huron Counties.
  • Open, unbiased, and accessible for youth.
  • Legal and safe.

Examples of Successful Projects from Past Years:

  • Events, workshops, guest speakers, multi-media presentations, musical acts, skill development, collective brainstorming, discussions of tough topics.
  • Wellness Wednesdays – series of weekly workshops promoting different wellness skills.
  • The Art Cart – art supplies made available for all students. 
  • Career Workshop – class talk helping students think through their options after graduation.
  • Schoolyard Naturalization – creation of outdoor learning space and self-sustaining semi-wild area.
  • Mentoring program pairing older and younger students.
  • Youth Cooking in Action program providing meals to classmates and cooking classes to younger students.

Some Example Project Ideas:

  • Conflict resolution workshops leading to the creation of a youth conflict resolution team to help classmates resolve issues.
  • Mindfulness, mental health, and emotional regulation training.
  • Financial literacy training.
  • Mental health resources lending library.
  • A student magazine covering important youth issues.

Eligible Uses of Funds:

  • Direct programming (resources, guest speakers, thank you gifts, non-cash prizes)
  • Project materials (printing, photocopying, food, promotional)
  • Equipment (short term rental) and facility rentals


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Youth and/or groups of youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are invited to submit an application in partnership with an adult trustee (25+).

Ineligible Uses of Funds:
- Projects created and/or driven by adults (age 25+).
- Projects that are primarily recreational.
- Projects with no immediate impact.
- Projects that benefit only a few individuals.
- Normal operations expenses of existing organizations (i.e. buying equipment/capital, salaries, benefits, administrative costs, office space rentals, training, web development, marketing, etc.)
- Cash prizes.
- Fundraising.
- Individual or team travel.

Pre-Application Information
2023-2024 grant applications are open from September 11, 2023 to October 13, 2023.

You can expect a decision on your application in the last week of October.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1,000

Term of Contract
Funds must be spent by May 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Email the application in Word format to

If you have any questions about applying, please contact Megan Partridge (Director Governance & Community Impact) at 519-271-7730 ext. 225 or via email at

For any questions or for guidance in developing your project, please contact Will Wellington at or 519-271-7730

The United Centre
32 Erie Street
Stratford, Ontario
N5A 2M4
(519) 271-7730

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