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Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) - Family Innovations Scale Grant

Grants to Ontario Grassroots Organizations to Enhance and Expand
Projects to Support Families Facing Systemic Barriers to Well-Being

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Foundation / Corporation

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Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

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Deadline Date:

12/08/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to Ontario grassroots organizations to enhance and expand projects to support families facing structural barriers to well-being. Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest prior to applying. Priority will be given to projects led by and for Indigenous and Black parents, guardians, and caregivers.

The YOF supports projects led by parents, guardians, and caregivers who share identities, experiences, and face the same systemic barriers as those who will benefit from the project. This “by and for” principle is a requirement in all YOF funding streams.

Apply for a Family Innovations Scale grant to support a project that the applicant has been delivering for over two years, and that is designed to engage parents, guardians, and caregivers in the community. Parent-guardian-caregiver groups can:

  • Add to an existing project: This is a project that has already been successfully delivering for more than two years. Now applicants want to make it even better to increase its positive impact on parents, guardians, and caregivers. Choose this project type if:
    • This is a project that the organization currently delivers
    • Applicants have strong evidence of the project's success and impact
    • Applicants can demonstrate how they can improve and develop it to deliver even more positive change in the community while aligning to the YOF Priority outcome
    • Applicants have a core team of three or more members that have experience delivering the project
  • Expand an existing project: This is a project that applicants have already been successfully delivering for over two years. Now applicants want to reach more parents, guardians, and caregivers and expand its impact. Choose this project type if:
    • This is a project that is currently delivered
    • Applicants have strong evidence of the project's success and impact
    • Applicants can demonstrate how you can expand its reach and achieve the chosen Priority Outcome
    • Applicants have a core team of three or more members that have experience delivering the project

Priority Outcomes:

  • Creating safe spaces for Indigenous and/or Black parents, guardians, and caregivers to strengthen relationships, build strong community and cultural connections, and heal from trauma
  • Supporting parents, guardians, and caregivers to navigate and access resources for economic stability
  • Supporting parents, guardians and caregivers to effectively navigate, access, and influence systems that affect family well-being

Priority Beneficiaries and Eligible Expenses can be found on the URL for Full Text, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197248

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum: N/A
- Maximum: $125,000

Term of Contract:

Term length: Minimum 3 years, Maximum 4 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible groups
Your group may be eligible if it:
- Is led by parents, guardians, and caregivers who share identities and experiences with those they will engage in project activities
- Exists independent of a larger organization.
- Is based in Ontario
- Has three or more core members
- Is either an unincorporated group or an incorporated non-profit organization with independently managed revenues no higher than $50,000 in either of the last two years.
- Agrees to work with an Organizational Mentor (OM)

Ineligible groups
The following are not eligible to apply:
- Registered charities
- Groups specifically designed to serve parents, guardians, and caregivers through committees or clubs of institutions, including municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals
- Groups looking to design programming for children
- For-profit businesses
- Individuals

Ineligible expenses:
- Capital infrastructure expenses (renovations to space)
- Expenses related to political or religious activities
- General or ongoing operating expenses (unrelated to the project)
- Bursaries, scholarships, sponsorships or individual requests (including regranting funds to other projects or people)
- Fundraising campaigns

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is hosting online information sessions on the YOF's Family Innovations Stream!

This Family Innovations Stream invests in the work of grassroots groups delivering culturally anchored projects that empower, support, and strengthen parents, guardians and caregivers. These projects will engage parents, guardians, and caregivers who face multiple barriers.

The sessions will cover information about the grant stream, eligibility requirements and provide next steps about the application process. There will be opportunities to ask questions and learn more about supports available.

- July 7: Wed, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
- July 20: Tue, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
- August 19: Thu, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
- September 2: Thu, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

For more information and to register:

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates and Deadlines
- Expression of Interest deadline: September 29, 2021, 5p.m. ET
- Notification of status of EOI: Approximately 4-6 weeks after EOI deadline
- Grant Application deadline: December 8, 2021, 5p.m. ET
- Notification of Grant Application: Approximately 6-7 weeks after grant application deadline
- Organization Mentor Application open: November 1, 2021
- Organizational Mentor Registration deadline: February 16, 2022
- OM-Grassroots Group Collaborative Agreement deadline: February 16, 2022
- Start date for all Grants: No earlier than May 1, 2022

The online application portal will open in early August 2021.

OTF will tell you the status of your EOI around 4-6 weeks after the EOI deadline. If your group is shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a Grant Application.

All groups applying to the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) Youth Innovations and Family Innovations Streams must partner with an OM and enter into a collaborative agreement.

Organizational Mentor information:

Applicants may book a coaching call:

Contact Information:

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

Register in the online system:

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Direct questions to:
1 800 263-2887 or email for immediate support

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario;

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