Youth-Led Community Change

The Foundation offers funding opportunities for youth-led groups that are working to bring attention to and address concerns that they are passionate about, to their peers & communities.


The Youth-led Community Change Program  offers funding opportunities for youth-led groups (ages 15-29) that are working to bring attention to and address concerns that they are passionate about, to their peers & communities. Details here.

Youth Collective Impact

A program in partnership with the McConnell Foundation’s Innoweave


Youth CI is a new program that helps organizations in local communities across Ontario learn about Collective Impact and enable them to develop, launch and implement collaborations that address major challenges and directly improve outcomes for youth in their community.

Changing the Education System to Meet the Needs of ALL Young People

The Foundation is investing in the documentation, evaluation and piloting of community-based education strategies.


The Foundation believes that meaningful, holistic and relevant education is key to supporting the positive development of young people. The Foundation is working with youth-driven partners to develop more supports for young people who are incarcerated/ remanded or re-entering society. These are community-based models, where young people are working with partners to support the educational attainment and positive transitions of youth involved in the justice system.
In addition, the Foundation is working with youth-driven partners to develop community-based educational attainment strategies that support young people who are outside the education system or marginalized by the education system to attain credits and reconnect with formal education.

PopUP Funding

Check out our previous grantees on the News page!


We occasionally offer youth-led groups the opportunity to apply for micro-grants of up to $500.  When we hear that there’s a burning issue out there that you really want to tackle we rally the forces and try to get money out the door in an expedient way, hence Pop-up!

Nathan Gilbert Youth Innovation Fellowships

The Fellowship offers 2 grants of $20,000 each to young people engaged in a policy related project. Learn about our current Fellows here.

Laidlaw Fellow Herleen Arora's research poster on research findings regarding youth in the York Region School Board education system

The Nathan Gilbert Youth Innovation Fellowship Program supports young people who would like to contribute to the youth sector through research and publication. Learn more.


The Laidlaw Foundation supports young people in being fully engaged in the civic, social, economic and cultural life of diverse and environmentally healthy communities. We accomplish this through grants and partnerships with other organizations active in the youth sector and by influencing policies that affect young people.