YOF Granting Framework
Investing in Youth Wellbeing
The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) is an annual program that provides grants and capacity building supports to youth-led grassroots groups and community-based organizations serving young people who face multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing.
In June 2013, the Government of Ontario released Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed. Stepping Up consists of seven themes and 20 related outcomes that are essential to youth wellbeing.
Five outcomes were selected to create the granting framework for the YOF.
Click on the image below for a larger view of the YOF granting framework.
The YOF is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of young people who face exclusion and barriers to full participation in community life.
The YOF benefits youth aged 12 to 25 and their families, and who are:
Indigenous youth (i.e. First Nation, Métis or Inuit youth)
Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer youth
Living with disabilities or special needs between the ages of 12 -29
Living in rural and remote communities
Vulnerable of becoming or are in conflict with the law
In care or leaving care
In low-income situations or from low-income families
At-risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school
Two funding streams of YOF:
The Strategic Collaborations Stream supports collaboratives that are working to enhance the quality and responsiveness of services for young people facing multiple barriers. Initiatives funded through this stream are focused on improving systems of services and opportunities for marginalized youth.
Details on the Strategic Collaborations Stream
The Grassroots Innovation Stream creates opportunities for grassroots groups and youth-led groups to implement their bold ideas for how to shape and strengthen their communities. It is a chance for these groups to build skills, grow their networks, and to respond to issues in new and inspiring ways.