Apply for a YOF Grant

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How do I apply?


Learn more about the YOF
If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to scan the About the YOF Presentation (pdf). This will give you a quick snapshot of the YOF.

For a deeper dive into the YOF, review the 2017-2018 YOF Program Guidelines (pdf).

Youth-led Groups! If you are a youth-led group, make sure to check out the video about the Grassroots Innovation Stream.


Complete the YOF Self-Assessment

At Ontario Trillium Foundation, we are always striving to improve our service by listening and responding to your needs. Currently, we are redeveloping our Self-Assessment Tool to further improve your application experience.

Please be patient during this time and check back in the near future to view the new Self-Assessment Tool. In the interim, please contact our Support Centre if you have any questions at:
1 800 263-2887 or email us at


Review Application Tools
Review the application questions, application writing tips and consider the YOF assessment criteria to ensure you can provide us with the information we need to fairly assess your project idea.

Read the Strategic Collaborations Application Tools (pdf)
Read the Grassroots Innovation Application Tools (pdf)


Participate in information webinars and Idea Labs

Throughout the summer, we will offer information sessions via webinar for those who want to learn more about the YOF and ask questions. 

youth-led groups! We will host Idea Labs in communities across the province. In these workshops, groups will have a chance to do some hands-on work to build ideas for community change.

Register to participate and attend – Visit the OTF Calendar.


Register your organization or group by 5 p.m. on July 19, 2017

new to yof?
Before you can apply to the YOF, you will need to register your group or organization.
Register early! Once your registration is reviewed and verified, we will send you an email with your user ID, temporary password and instructions on how to access the online application. Register now!

applied to the yof before?
Access your profile using your user ID and password to view the online YOF Application – Expression of Interest (EOI). If you can’t access the YOF EOI, please call the YOF Team – 1.800.263.2887 or email

registered or applied to otf before?
YOF needs to update your account. Please call the YOF Team – 1.800.263.2887 or email before July 19th, 2017, to receive access.

Only registered organizations and groups will be able to submit an Expression of Interest.


Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) on-line by 5 p.m. ET on August 2, 2017
The EOI must be completed and submitted online. Let us know if you require an alternative method for submitting the EOI. In fairness to all, late submissions cannot be accepted.

All EOIs will be reviewed by the Grant Review Committee (GRC). All applicants will receive news on the status of their EOI at the end of September 2017.


Shortlisted EOI applicants will be asked to submit a Full Application online by 5 p.m. ET on November 15, 2017

Only shortlisted EOI applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application.

All Full Applications will be reviewed by the Grant Review Committee (GRC). Due to high demand,  not all Full Applications can be funded. All applicants will received news on the status of their Full Application in March 2018.


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