Apply for a Grant

To apply for a funding opportunity, please visit our Grant Portal . Here you will be able to apply for any current funding opportunities.

We are happy to hear from you at the earliest stages of the development of an idea for a project. Much of funding is about building relationships, not just about an application and a grant. Please feel free to contact our staff to talk about the issue you want to tackle. We’ll also try to help you develop the best proposal that includes a description, work & evaluation plans and a budget. We might also be able to help you find and connect with partners. To apply for a grant you do not need to have charitable status or to be incorporated. However we do not fund individuals so you must have a group of people you are working with. If you are not a registered charity or do not have a registered charity as an administrative partner then the Foundation would contract your group to undertake a charitable act on its behalf. This means that the Foundation would retain control of your project through a formal contract that would stipulate what the deliverables are, reporting requirements and financial controls.

Funding opportunities at the Foundation crop up over the course of the year.  Follow us on Twitter  @laidlawfdn for up to date announcements of opportunities and sign up to our mailing list.

The Youth-Led Community Change Program has a single yearly deadline.  The 2017 deadline is now closed.

Our Pop-up Funding stream is, as the name implies, launched when we hear of a relevant issue that young people want to work on now!  Again follow us on Twitter for announcements of opportunities.

The Nathan Gilbert Youth Innovation Fellowships supports 2 Fellows for the amount of $20,000 each to engage in a self-directed policy project. Call for proposals is released annually in November, learn more here.

We also periodically send out requests for letters of interest on specific topics like educational attainment for youth in the justice system.  Again, follow us on Twitter!