Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund

Are you an Indigenous youth-led group based in Ontario? Do you have a project that will connect Indigenous young people with opportunities to learn about your culture, rights, lands and languages? Apply before November 6th to the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund.

Download: Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund Guideline
Download: Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund Application Template
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Background
The Laidlaw Foundation is committed to unpacking our role as a philanthropic organization in contributing to reconciliation with Indigenous communities. One of the ways we are doing this is to support Indigenous young people to take action on projects that they know are important for their communities. Through the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures fund, we are investing in Indigenous youth-led groups to connect with land, languages and cultures, strengthen and deepen their relationships within and across communities, and support the transmission of cultural practices and knowledge to future generations.  We believe these processes support decolonization, nation building and cultural resurgence and these are cornerstones of reconciliation efforts.

In that spirit, this funding stream supports Indigenous youth to develop and lead projects where Indigenous young people:

  • learn and are immersed in their lands, languages, rights, laws and cultures
  • participate in everyday acts of resurgence, reclamation and wellbeing
  • build relationships within and across Indigenous communities
  • learn about and define for themselves what reconciliation means

Guiding Us
To ground and guide this work, we are so fortunate to be working with an Indigenous Advisory committee to inform our operations, knowledge building and funding strategies.
Click here to meet our Indigenous Advisory Committee

Fund Eligibility
This funding stream supports:

  • Indigenous youth-led groups that are based in traditional territories spanning/encompassing Ontario
    • Generally aged 14-29, and it’s ok if you have members that are older and younger than this
    • You don’t need to be a charity or working with a charity to apply for funding. We work with grassroots groups and collectives

Types of Activities
Your group can apply for funding to support youth-led projects and activities that will connect yourselves, your peers, friends and Indigenous youth communities to your lands, languages, rights, laws and cultures. Projects could include:

  • Land-based learning opportunities and culture camps
  • Language immersion opportunities
  • Culture-based education that includes ceremonies, medicines, arts, sciences, intergenerational health and healing
  • Social justice, law and rights-based education
  • Healing, life promotion and community building
  • Other projects that communities deem important to support decolonization, reconciliation, nation building and cultural resurgence

Funding Available

  • You can apply for a one-time event or small project (think up to $5000)
  • You can apply for a larger project (think up to $25 000)
  • And if you’ve already been running projects that fit with the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund, you can apply for multi-year funding to support your operations and help grow your work  (generally $25 000-$100 000/year)

Eligible/Ineligible Expenses
You can apply for funding to cover:

  • Expenses associated with project activities and project materials
  • Ways to compensate people’s time and contributions to the project (ie. salaries, honoraria, stipends)
  • Ways to make project activities accessible to young people and the communities you are working with ( ie. Transportation, food, childcare, meeting space/venues )
  • Costs associated with documenting and sharing your project (i.e. videography, photography, design)
  • Administrative costs associated with the project

As a general rule, we are unable to fund

  • Direct financial support to for-profit enterprises
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Capital projects
  • Projects involving Partisan political activities
  • Projects involving strictly religious purposes.
  • *Please note, we do not consider Indigenous ceremonies to be religious purposes and we will fund the costs associated with ceremonies under project expenses.

How to Apply
Applications can be submitted in writing, or you can submit using a combination of some written components, in addition to video or voice recording. We welcome creative, visual and other means to share your ideas.

We recognize that not all young people have access to a computer or high speed internet. Please consider one of the following ways to submit your application, and reach out to us if you need any support.

  • Online: We have an online application portal where you can fill in the application form. In it, you will have the option to upload audio/visual files.
  • Email/Mail: If submitting the application through the online portal is not a possibility, you can email, fax or mail it to us. If you have a recording of an oral submission, you can attach it to an email or mail it to us on a usb.
    • Email: Info@laidlawfdn.org
    • Mailing Address: 2 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M4T 2T5
  • By phone: you can phone us if you need help filling in the application form or submitting it and we will do our best to help.
    • Ana Skinner: 416 964 3614 x 305
    • Ajeev Bhatia: 416 964 3614 x309

Application Form
You can download the application form here 

Deadline
The deadline to submit your application is November 6th 2017.

If you are mailing your application, please make sure it is mailed by the deadline (it’s ok if it arrives after the deadline…no one can control the mail. Please call or email us to let us know that it has been sent). Please reach out to us if you require any accommodation.

Timelines
We anticipate reporting back on the outcome of your application by mid-December 2017.  Please feel free to reach out to us for updates at any point.

Connecting
If you have any questions or if you need help with your application, please reach out to us.
Ana Skinner: askinner@laidlawfdn.org/ 416 964 3614 x305
Ajeev Bhatia: abhatia@laidlawfdn.org/ 416 964 3614 x 309
Mailing Address: 2 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M4T 2T5

 

 

Key Terms and Frequently Asked Questions

Indigenous
Indigenous refers to First Peoples and Original Peoples of this part of Turtle Island now known as Canada. Indigenous includes a diversity of Indigenous nations, whether or not they are recognized by the Canadian state(1). You do not need an Indian status card, Metis status card, or Inuit Enrollment Card to apply.

Indigenous youth-led
Young people, who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples, came up with the project/idea and will be leading the project with adults/community members/elders/knowledge holders play supportive roles as needed and defined by youth. Youth-led is intergenerational, as often there are members older or younger that play important roles in the work. The key thing is that young people 14-29 are at the core of decision-making and leadership.

Based in traditional territories spanning/encompassing Ontario
The Laidlaw Foundation has a general geographical catchment area of Ontario. However, we recognize that many Indigenous traditional territories include Ontario but can also extend beyond Ontario.

Resurgence
Resurgence includes personal and community-centred actions to strengthen Indigenous presence, reconnect with homelands, cultures and communities, and support the transmission of cultural practices and knowledge to future generations.

Do we need to be a charity or working with a charity to apply?
You do not need to be a registered charity or working with a charity to apply for funding. We work with unincorporated, grassroots groups, directly.

If we want to talk to someone at Laidlaw about our ideas and project, who do we reach out to?
We are a small team and happy to help. You can reach out to Ana Skinner and Ajeev Bhatia with any questions about your application and this funding stream.

Ana Skinner: askinner@laidlawfdn.org/ 416 964 3614 x305
Ajeev Bhatia: abhatia@laidlawfdn.org/ 416 964 3614 x 309

If we are emailing/faxing/mailing our application, where do we send it?
Email: askinner@laidlawfdn.org
Mailing Address: 2 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M4T 2T5

 

 

[1] Adapted from Seeding Reconciliation on Uneven Ground: the 4Rs Approach to Cross-Cultural Dialogue