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RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

Grants to Canada Qualified Organizations Partnered with
Youth for Youth-Led Programs that Address Community Needs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and RBC Foundation

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Canada qualified organizations partnered with youth for youth-led programs that address critical needs in small and mid-sized communities. The goal of the program is to empower young people, ages 15 to 29, to spearhead projects that focus on community priorities.

The program offers an opportunity for youth to create positive change while also learning new skills, gaining experience, and building relationships across their community — all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. When developing project ideas, applicants are encouraged to experiment with new ideas and to build relationships between community members.

To be considered eligible, youth will lead the creation, design, and/or implementation of the project. As a guide, eligible projects will see the majority of the decisions and activities for each project (60%+) led by youth. Projects may focus on a wide diversity of local priorities, which could include:
- The environment
- Food security
- Employment
- Learning
- Health
- Wellness
- Inclusion
- Belonging
- Reconciliation and restoration
- Other community priorities

Grants from the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge can be used to cover reasonable expenditures to carry out a project, for example:
- Equipment rental;
- Food, transportation, or other logistical costs;
- Purchase of materials necessary for the project (below $2,000 per expense);
- Reasonable salaries, professional fees or other HR costs associated with project activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186044

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $15,000 are available through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge.

Term of Contract:

Projects funded by the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge may take place between November 2019 an August 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is hosted by participating community foundations in over 150 small and mid-sized communities with fewer than 150,000 residents.

Youth and organizations are invited to team up to submit an application to the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge. All eligible applications will be submitted by a partnership between youth, aged 15 - 29, and a partner organization that is a qualified donee, which is a specific category of registration with the Canada Revenue Agency. Qualified donees include registered charities, many municipalities and First Nations, and a range of other organizations. Check the charities listing and list of other qualified donees to identify potential local partners.

Applications may be submitted by youth or by the partner organization. Each application will be required to demonstrate the role played by both youth and the partner organization. Each grant will be made to the partner organization, who would accept it on behalf of the partnership.

The following projects are ineligible for funding:
- Infrastructure or capital-only projects (ie. construction, a building, buying a vehicle);
- Major capital purchases (over $2,000 per purchase);
- Ongoing programming or recurrent events (unless the proposed project is significantly different from regular programming);
- Advertising or promotional campaigns (exclusively);
- Travel-related events, including student trips or tours (exclusively);
- Events involving ticket-sales or fundraising;
- Awards or prizes;
- Projects that have already received funding from RBC or the RBC Foundation for the same activity. Organizations that have received funding from RBC and the RBC Foundation are eligible to apply, as long as the Challenge application is for activities that are distinct from previous funding.

The following expenditures are ineligible:
- Expenditures made before the signing of the grant agreement (November 2019)
- Infrastructure or large capital expenses (above $2,000 per expense)

Pre-Application Information:

Participating community foundations will accept applications from May 22 to September 18, 2019. Grant announcements will be made at the beginning of November, 2019.

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Qualified donees:

Contact Information:

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

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Community Foundations of Canada
123 Slater Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H2

Community Foundations of Canada
c/o Foundation House
2 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M4T 2T5

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon