Youth Direct Action

Overview

Youth Direct Action supports young people to respond boldly and collectively to community challenges. In doing so, it invests in youth-led projects that demonstrate creative, relevant and accessible ways of reaching young people who are not engaged effectively by educational, social and community services; bring attention to social justice and community priorities of young people; and work towards having young people’s perspectives and priorities heard by decision makers.

Objectives

  • Increase youth leadership opportunities, prioritizing young people directly affected by the systems, services or issues the project is addressing.
  • Cultivate new ideas and promotes innovative approaches to confronting community challenges.
  • Inform and provide insights into ways to improve policies and services meant to support young people.
  • Foster collaboration and support reciprocal learning among relevant partners and across generations working on the frontlines of
  • Help build the capacity of youth-led groups to be strong advocates and voices for the priorities of their communities.

Eligibility

We are seeking young, passionate partners who are committed to bringing about positive social change in their communities. We encourage applications from youth-led groups who are directly affected by or have personal experience with the policies, practices, and systems that their projects focus on and seek to improve. Applicants must:

  • be aged 14­‐29, living in Ontario,
  • have adequate and established supports (peer mentors, adult allies, or other partners) in

Funding

There are two types of Youth Direct Action grants offered:

  • Project Grants of up to $25 000 to support action projects that are generally 6 to 18 months in duration. Action projects will:
    • demonstrate creative, relevant and accessible ways of reaching young people who are not being engaged effectively by educational, social and community services,
    • bring attention to social justice and community priorities of young people and
    • work towards having young people’s perspectives and priorities heard by decision makers.
  • PopUp Grants up to $1000 to support short-term projects focused on timely and specific issue areas. Themes are identified based on current events and trends that emerge through the applications to the Foundation’s other granting programs and in consultations with our community partners.

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 Project Grant is a two-step process that begins with submitting an expression of interest (EOI). EOIs that meet program priorities may be requested to submit a full application.

Applying for a PopUP grant is a one step process of submitting an expression of interest.

  • Project Grant Expression of Interest Deadline: TBD, likely Winter 2018.
  • PopUP Grant Application Deadline: TBD, likely October 2017.

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

If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Program Manager, Ajeev Bhatia at abhatia@laidlawfdn.org