Youth Direct Action


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.


  • Increase youth leadership opportunities: Prioritizing young people directly affected by the systems, services or issues the project is addressing.
  • Cultivate new ideas and approaches: community challenges are confronted using innovative models and creative solutions.
  • Inform:  Provide insights into ways to improve policies and services meant to support young people and share these insights with decision makers and communities.
  • Advocate: Help build the capacity of youth-led groups to be strong advocates and voices for the priorities of their communities.
  • Build relationships: Foster collaboration and support reciprocal learning among relevant partners and across generations working on the frontlines

We also consider the following criteria when assessing applications meeting these criteria will strengthen your application

  • Applicant demonstrates they have the ability to carry out the project and deliver
  • There is a clear alignment between the proposed project and the program priorities
  • Project activities are clear and can be accomplished in a realistic timeframe

What are we looking for?

  • Projects which identify specific issue areas they will be addressing and specific groups, communities, (sub)populations they will be working with
  • The project clearly identifies a system/policy/institution with a potential to impact or engage with these broader decision making spaces 


We are seeking young, passionate partners who are committed to bringing about positive social change in their communities.

Applicants must:

  • be aged 14­‐29, living in Ontario,
  • have adequate and established supports (peer mentors, adult allies, or other partners)
  • the project is developed and led by young people who are directly affected by or have personal experience with the policies, practices, and systems that their projects focus on and seek to improve.


The current call for Youth Direct Action grants will support action projects of up to $25,000 that are generally 6 to 18 months in duration.

Eligible Expenses

  • Operational expenses: Salaries, honoraria, stipends
  • Project expenses: Transportation, food, childcare, materials, small equipment purchases and other expenses that make project activities accessible to young people and other stakeholders
  • Administrative costs associated with 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.

  • Youth Direct Action: Expression of Interest Deadline: March 5th, 2018.
  • Successful applicants must be available for the Grantee Orientation tentatively scheduled for June 22nd, 2018

Apply Now: Access the Online Application Portal

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

If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Foundation staff Ajeev Bhatia at

Register for an Online Information Session!

In order to support you through the application process and provide additional information on this program and what we are looking for, we will be offering a few online information sessions which you could tune in to and ask staff questions.

Register for an online information session here!