Grants Available for Young People in Ontario

Hello all!

I have tweeted about this a bunch in the past, but to restate: I am here and willing to support young folks through the process of grant application. I am not an expert by any means, but have the skill set to help you go through program design, budgeting, and/or overall editing to ensure the best possible outcome. I am focusing my time to better support young women of colour, specifically, who are interested in applying for grants.

Currently, there are two big grants available for young people based in Ontario, Canada!

If you have a moment to read through the grants and find yourself (again, a young woman of colour) interested in applying for them, I’d be happy to assist. You can sign up to chat with me here. I’m down to discuss your potential project in person, too, if you’re Toronto-based. You can also connect with the program manager at each foundation, who are also great and enthusiastic resources in terms of support and clarity.

Good luck, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Inspirit Foundation

ChangeUp grants create opportunities for people aged 18–34 to initiate creative solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. The $10,000 one-time grants are for projects that implement creative strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion. Through the grants, Inspirit Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the development of effective, connected and influential young change leaders. We’re accepting ChangeUp applications until September 25th, 2017.

Laidlaw Foundation

They just announced their new granting strategy!

Here is the current round of funding avalible tied to Scaling Impact.

Scaling Impact supports youth-led groups, youth-­driven organizations and their leaders with a proven program or idea, which has made a significant contribution to the inclusion and wellbeing of young people, to enhance and expand their impact and influence. More specifically, it invests in groups that:

  • have demonstrated relevant and effective approaches for reaching and meeting the needs of underserved young people;
  • are advocates that engage with and work to influence decision-makers;
  • have solid and appropriate partnerships in place; and
  • are recognized as an important and essential service/space/advocate by the young people they reach and other stakeholders.

Applying for a Scaling Impact 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 9th, 2017.
  • If there are any more grants avalible for young folks, please let me know and I can add it to the list.

Kindest Regards,


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