Knowledge Building


We invest in research, policy, advocacy and communications strategies that ensure our partner’s efforts are recognized and contribute to lasting change. Through Knowledge Building grants, we will collaborate with community partners, experts, think tanks, and research institutes to respond to knowledge gaps to further youth inclusion and equity.

More specifically, our work to date has focused on understanding, identifying and eliminating barriers and challenges to equitable access to education for underserved youth; access to services for youth on remand; and the policy and legislative barriers to grassroots, youth-led work. Moving forward, we are seeking:

  • projects that have identified a clear need where data/evidence is required to further wellbeing and inclusion of underserved young people and/or,
  • partners who have evidence that needs to be shared in accessible and relevant ways to support policy, program and service changes to benefit young people facing exclusion.


  • Identify and respond to specific knowledge needs raised by our grantees and other stakeholders working to advance youth inclusion and wellbeing to inform the Foundation’s work and the wider field.
  • Build knowledge around a specific issue where there is a clear need for data to inform the design and implementation of policy-advocacy strategies.
  • Communicate unique insights and learnings derived from the projects we are supporting for uptake by institutions/service providers, policy-makers, and community practitioners.
  • Support collaborative approaches to research, communications and/or policy-advocacy strategies that bring institutions, researchers, practitioners and young people with lived experiences together in design and implementation.


Applications from individuals, organizations and collaboratives will be accepted. Institutional affiliation is not a requirement. In general, we are seeking partners and projects that will:

  • Generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner.
  • Demonstrate that the proposed methods are appropriate, robust and proportionate to the project aims, and described in sufficient detail for us to assess their suitability to address clear research questions.


One-time or multi-year grants will be considered for:

  • Research activities that fill knowledge gaps, inform the Foundation’s work, and/or supports policy development.
  • Communications, convening, cultural productions/publications/digital media and other knowledge mobilization activities clearly linked to sharing evidence/learnings.

Eligible Expenses

  • Salaries, honoraria, stipends
  • Transportation, food, childcare and other expenses that make project activities accessible to young people and other stakeholders
  • Administrative costs associated with the project
  • Project materials and small equipment/technology as long as it is directly related to the project

Ineligible Expenses

  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Capital projects
  • Direct financial support to for-profit enterprises
  • Endowments
  • Ongoing operating expenses that are unrelated to the proposed project
  • Projects involving Partisan political activities
  • Projects involving strictly religious purposes or activities

Applying for Funding & Key Dates

Applying for a Knowledge Building grant is a two-step process that begins with submitting an expression of interest.

  • Expression of Interest Deadline: September 25, 2017
  • Notification of whether a full application is being requested: By October 10th, 2017

To view the expression of interest template and assessment criteria please click here.

Apply Now: Access the Online Application Portal

To access our online application portal and begin your application click here.

Please note that if a full application is requested, it will be due by the end of October 2017.

If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Program Manager, Betul Keles at