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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to British Columbia registered charities and qualified donees to increase Indigenous, refugee, and racialized immigrant youth leadership in the nonprofit sector. Funding is intended for youth engagement in staff leadership and board governance positions.
The fastest growing youth populations – Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee youth – face disproportionate barriers to influencing change within social, civic, and public systems. They have far fewer opportunities to access the kind of support that would allow them to advocate for public policy change, participate in civic engagement activities, and/or become leaders in the non-profit sector.
LEVEL Youth Granting: Investing in the capacity of the charitable non-profit sector to engage youth in staff and board governance leadership
- LEVEL’s granting stream is available to charities and other qualified donees across British Columbia to engage Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee young people in pathways to staff leadership and board governance.
There are two types of grants available:
- These are short-term grants that generate ideas and build capacity and common ground for shared action and learning by community stakeholders. Grants may support work such as determining organizational readiness or convening stakeholders as a cohort (geographic region, sector-specific i.e. the arts; social services) in development of practice and/or policy changes. For example, organizations could explore what decolonizing their board structure or recruitment and retention strategies might look like. Organizations are encouraged to work together through a cohort model that is place or sector based.
- These grants help project teams test ideas and learn what works. Grants may support work such as piloting an initiative at the staff or board level. For example, a board mentorship program could be used to recruit young leaders as board members or funds could go towards addressing current inequities by increasing the job security for Indigenous or racialized immigrant or refugee young adults (through paying a living wage, providing benefits, full-time employment etc.).
Based on previous youth engagement experience, for the purposes of this initiative youth and young adults will be defined as those between the ages of 18–29.
GrantWatch ID#: 185736
- Develop Grants - Up to $10,000
- Test Grants - Up to $50,000
- Both Develop Grants and Test Grants provide funding for up to one year.
- Develop Grants - Activities are typically completed within six months.
- Test Grant - Activities are typically completed within 12 - 18 months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online Application: https://vf.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp
Joey Cheung, Grant Administrator
Contact Joey if you have questions about or need help with our online application system, or if you are a current grantee and have general questions regarding payments and reporting requirements.
Email Joey at https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/email/node/91362/field_email_new?destination=node/91362
Abeer Yusuf, Grant Coordinator
Contact Abeer for information about the application process, or to discuss the priorities of racial equity and youth engagement and/or general funding policies of the LEVEL youth granting.
Email Abeer at https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/email/node/91009/field_email_new?destination=/our-work/people
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