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LEVEL Youth Granting

Grants to British Columbia Registered Charities and Qualified
Donees to Increase Youth Leadership in Nonprofits

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Vancouver Foundation

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to British Columbia registered charities and qualified donees to increase Indigenous, refugee, and racialized immigrant youth leadership in the nonprofit sector. Funding is intended for youth engagement in staff leadership and board governance positions.

The fastest growing youth populations – Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth – face disproportionate barriers to influencing change within social, civic, and public systems. They have far fewer opportunities to access the kind of support that would allow them to advocate for public policy change, participate in civic engagement activities, and/or become leaders in the non-profit sector.

LEVEL Youth Granting: Investing in the capacity of the charitable non-profit sector to engage youth in staff and board governance leadership
- LEVEL’s granting stream is available to charities and other qualified donees across British Columbia to engage Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee young people in pathways to staff leadership and board governance.

There are two types of grants available:
Develop Grants:
- These are short-term grants that generate ideas and build capacity and common ground for shared action and learning by community stakeholders. Grants may support work such as determining organizational readiness or convening stakeholders as a cohort (geographic region, sector-specific i.e. the arts; social services) in development of practice and/or policy changes. For example, organizations could explore what decolonizing their board structure or recruitment and retention strategies might look like. Organizations are encouraged to work together through a cohort model that is place or sector based.

Test Grants:
- These grants help project teams test ideas and learn what works. Grants may support work such as piloting an initiative at the staff or board level. For example, a board mentorship program could be used to recruit young leaders as board members or funds could go towards addressing current inequities by increasing the job security for Indigenous or racialized immigrant or refugee young adults (through paying a living wage, providing benefits, full-time employment etc.).

Based on previous youth engagement experience, for the purposes of this initiative youth and young adults will be defined as those between the ages of 18–29.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185736

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Develop Grants - Up to $10,000
- Test Grants - Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

- Both Develop Grants and Test Grants provide funding for up to one year.
- Develop Grants - Activities are typically completed within six months.
- Test Grant - Activities are typically completed within 12 - 18 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include registered charities and qualified donees under the Income Tax Act as well as some First Nations bands that may be considered a public body performing a function of a government body. All these organizations must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management.

Grants are not made to individuals or to businesses.

LEVEL Youth Granting does not fund:
- Projects that take place primarily outside of BC
- An organization’s core operational expenses
- Project expenses that have been incurred prior to the application date or that the Foundation feels should be covered by other funding sources
- Event sponsorships
- Bridge funding, debt retirement, reserves or mortgage pay-downs
- Endowment matching grants
- Capital and public infrastructure projects (e.g. libraries, schools, health care facilities)
- Travel to and/or attendance at conferences, competitions, symposia or annual events
- Bursaries, scholarships, and awards

Pre-Application Information:

Key dates:
- Week of June 24, 2019: Open for proposals
- August 9, 2019: Deadline to submit Letters of Intent
- September 23, 2019: Deadline to submit Full Applications (invite only)

Vancouver Foundation has a two-stage online application process. Stage 1 is a Letter of Intent, which consists of a brief proposal with responses to either one or two questions (depending on whether you apply for a Develop or Test Grant) to determine basic suitability. Once a fit has been established with Vancouver Foundation staff, a short-list of organizations will be invited to submit a full application as part of Stage 2.

Applicants who are invited forward to Stage 2 to submit a full proposal will be notified of funding decisions by early December 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

Joey Cheung, Grant Administrator
Contact Joey if you have questions about or need help with our online application system, or if you are a current grantee and have general questions regarding payments and reporting requirements.
Email Joey at

Abeer Yusuf, Grant Coordinator
Contact Abeer for information about the application process, or to discuss the priorities of racial equity and youth engagement and/or general funding policies of the LEVEL youth granting.
Email Abeer at

Vancouver Foundation
Suite 200, 475 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 4M9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia