Youth Opportunities Fund invests over $13m to support grassroots groups and community collaboratives

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
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Today, the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) is pleased to announce over $13 million of funding to support 43 grassroots groups and community collaboratives across Ontario. 

YOF provides grants and capacity building support to grassroots groups and community collaboratives to improve the wellbeing of children, youth, and families facing systemic barriers with a focus on Indigenous and Black communities.

 

The funding announced today will support projects in YOF’s three granting streams: 

 

“These projects give youth across Ontario exciting opportunities to lead projects and drive innovation in their communities.” said Katharine Bambrick, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation. “The Ontario Trillium Foundation is proud to administer this fund on behalf of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to ensure our future leaders get the support they need to help them succeed.”

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Since 2013, the Youth Opportunities Fund has supported 237 grassroots groups and community collaboratives with over $68.1 million in funding, benefitting over 166,000 people.
  • This year, 43 grassroots groups and community collaboratives will receive more than $13 million through the Youth Opportunities Fund.
  • The Youth Innovations Stream invests in the work of grassroots groups that are youth-led or youth-adult partnerships by funding projects that test an idea or grow a successful project.  
  • The Family Innovations Stream invests in the work of parent-led groups delivering culturally-anchored projects that empower, support, and strengthen families.
  • The System Innovations Stream supports collaboratives that are strengthening the quality and responsiveness of systems so they work better for youth facing systemic barriers.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and administers the Youth Opportunities Fund on behalf of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

 

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