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)

  • 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

scaling impact

  • Overview +

    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.

  • Objectives +

    Increase the capacity of youth-­led groups that have interventions/ideas with proven impact and need supports to scale and opportunities to be more impactful.

    Support youth-­driven organizations that are operating successful programs and services primed to go to scale. This may include program expansion beyond current level by growing in size and coverage and/or adding new areas of activity that will increase the organization’s impact.

    Support young leaders working on the frontlines of social change to further the skills and competencies they need to be effective.

  • Eligibility +

    We are seeking partners who enable young people to lead efforts to change the systems that directly affect their lives and respond to challenges facing youth in bold and creative ways. Priority will be given to former Laidlaw grantees. Applicants must be:

    youth-­‐driven or youth-­led, keeping youth at the centre of the organization/group at all times;

    effective leaders in their field, working to promote inclusion and wellbeing of young people in Ontario;

    willing to share results, knowledge and resources among stakeholders; and

    based and active in

  • Funding +

    Applicants can apply for grants of up to three years. Grants will generally range from $50 000-­$100 000/year depending on the nature of the activities and operational needs of the group. These grants support activities that will scale and deepen impact and include leadership and professional development supports.

  • 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 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 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, Ana Skinner at askinner@laidlawfdn.org.

Knowledge Building

  • Overview +

    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.

  • Objectives +

    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.

  • Eligibility +

    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.

  • Funding +

    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 bkeles@laidlawfdn.org

Indigenous Youth & Communities Future Fund

  • introduction +

    Are you an Indigenous youth-led group based in Ontario? Do you have a project that will connect Indigenous young people with opportunities to learn about your culture, rights, lands and languages? Apply before November 6th to the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund.

    Download: Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund Guideline

    Download: Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund Application Template

    Apply Now: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=laidlaw

  • background +

    The Laidlaw Foundation is committed to unpacking our role as a philanthropic organization in contributing to reconciliation with Indigenous communities. One of the ways we are doing this is to support Indigenous young people to take action on projects that they know are important for their communities. Through the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures fund, we are investing in Indigenous youth-led groups to connect with land, languages and cultures, strengthen and deepen their relationships within and across communities, and support the transmission of cultural practices and knowledge to future generations.  We believe these processes support decolonization, nation building and cultural resurgence and these are cornerstones of reconciliation efforts.

    In that spirit, this funding stream supports Indigenous youth to develop and lead projects where Indigenous young people:

    learn and are immersed in their lands, languages, rights, laws and cultures

    participate in everyday acts of resurgence, reclamation and wellbeing

    build relationships within and across Indigenous communities

    learn about and define for themselves what reconciliation means

  • guiding us +

    To ground and guide this work, we are so fortunate to be working with an Indigenous Advisory committee to inform our operations, knowledge building and funding strategies.

    Click here to meet our Indigenous Advisory Committee

  • types of activities +

    Your group can apply for funding to support youth-led projects and activities that will connect yourselves, your peers, friends and Indigenous youth communities to your lands, languages, rights, laws and cultures. Projects could include:

    Land-based learning opportunities and culture camps

    Language immersion opportunities

    Culture-based education that includes ceremonies, medicines, arts, sciences, intergenerational health and healing

    Social justice, law and rights-based education

    Healing, life promotion and community building

    Other projects that communities deem important to support decolonization, reconciliation, nation building and cultural resurgence

  • funding available +

    You can apply for a one-time event or small project (think up to $5000)

    You can apply for a larger project (think up to $25 000)

    And if you’ve already been running projects that fit with the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund, you can apply for multi-year funding to support your operations and help grow your work  (generally $25 000-$100 000/year)

  • eligible / Ineligible Expenses +

    You can apply for funding to cover:

    Expenses associated with project activities and project materials

    Ways to compensate people’s time and contributions to the project (ie. salaries, honoraria, stipends)

    Ways to make project activities accessible to young people and the communities you are working with ( ie. Transportation, food, childcare, meeting space/venues )

    Costs associated with documenting and sharing your project (i.e. videography, photography, design)

    Administrative costs associated with the project

    As a general rule, we are unable to fund

    Direct financial support to for-profit enterprises

    Fundraising campaigns

    Capital projects

    Projects involving Partisan political activities

    Projects involving strictly religious purposes.

    *Please note, we do not consider Indigenous ceremonies to be religious purposes and we will fund the costs associated with ceremonies under project expenses.

  • how to apply +

    Applications can be submitted in writing, or you can submit using a combination of some written components, in addition to video or voice recording. We welcome creative, visual and other means to share your ideas.

    We recognize that not all young people have access to a computer or high speed internet. Please consider one of the following ways to submit your application, and reach out to us if you need any support.

    Online: We have an online application portal where you can fill in the application form. In it, you will have the option to upload audio/visual files.

    Online Portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=laidlaw

    Email/Mail: If submitting the application through the online portal is not a possibility, you can email, fax or mail it to us. If you have a recording of an oral submission, you can attach it to an email or mail it to us on a usb.

    Email: Info@laidlawfdn.org

    Mailing Address: 2 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M4T 2T5

    By phone: you can phone us if you need help filling in the application form or submitting it and we will do our best to help.

    Ana Skinner: 416 964 3614 x 305

    Ajeev Bhatia: 416 964 3614 x309

  • application form +

  • deadline +

    The deadline to submit your application is November 6th 2017.

    If you are mailing your application, please make sure it is mailed by the deadline (it’s ok if it arrives after the deadline…no one can control the mail. Please call or email us to let us know that it has been sent). Please reach out to us if you require any accommodation.

  • timelines +

    We anticipate reporting back on the outcome of your application by mid-December 2017.  Please feel free to reach out to us for updates at any point.

  • connecting +

    If you have any questions or if you need help with your application, please reach out to us.

    Ana Skinner: askinner@laidlawfdn.org/ 416 964 3614 x305

    Ajeev Bhatia: abhatia@laidlawfdn.org/ 416 964 3614 x 309

    Mailing Address: 2 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M4T 2T5

Youth CI

  • background +

    Youth CI aims to help organizations in local communities across Ontario learn about, develop, launch and implement collective impact approaches that directly improve outcomes for youth in their community.

    Youth CI supports communities through a process of information sessions, workshops, coaching and grants to build and execute a successful collective impact strategy.

    If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with the Youth Collective Impact Manager, Tamer Ibrahim at tibrahim@laidlawfdn.org

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