Grant Opportunities

Canada: Medium Project Stream ($30,000 grants)

Canada: Medium Project Stream ($30,000 grants)

Deadline: 2-May-22

The Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is now inviting applications for its Medium Project Stream to Indigenous youth-led projects and groups of non-profits that seek to create impactful community change and increase the wellness, resiliency, and engagement of Indigenous youth.

Projects must be led by 3+ Indigenous youth (ages 15-29) who are meaningfully involved in project guidance, planning, implementation, and/or evaluation.

CREation is a multi-level funding program that will support strengths-based, community-focused, and youth-led projects taking place in communities across Canada. Grassroots and incorporated youth groups/collectives are eligible to apply for funding to support community programs and projects while receiving innovative mentorship, training, and capacity-building opportunities.

Focus Areas

Successful projects will fall within the following areas:
Assessment and Feasibility Studies: Projects will focus on assessing community and youth needs, doing feasibility projects, and engaging the community in consultation.
Arts and Culture: Projects that increase access to arts, art-based workshops, cultural knowledge, traditions, and ceremony
Innovation and Change: Projects will support youth groups in accessing capacity-building, knowledge mobilization, and funding resources. Projects will focus on innovating healthcare systems, developing solutions to infrastructure and resource challenges (such as access to clean water and sustainable food sources), and increasing access to technology.
Intergenerational Relationship Building: Projects will engage multiple age groups and should help to enhance the sense of community (i.e. projects where youth participate in programs with Elders, families, adults, etc).
Resiliency Building: Projects will focus on organizational development in Indigenous agencies. The intention of this focus area is to increase leadership, governance, capacity, and opportunity for Indigenous organizations to impact communities and systems. Projects can include organizational enhancements (i.e. training, website development, strategic plan development, consulting projects, purchase of supplies, etc).
Youth and Community Wellness: Projects will focus on enhancing community wellness and can include one-off events or long-term programs and any type of programming related to wellness (i.e. workshops, teachings, gatherings).
Funding Information

The Medium Funding Stream will provide funding of up to $30,000.
Funding Stream Priorities

There is a priority in this stream to support:
Indigenous grassroots groups and collectives
Groups that have experience running programming and projects, but are looking to scale to a new level or try something new
Projects that have an appropriate in scale and scope for the funding provided (i.e. engagement numbers and frequency make sense for the funding requested)
Projects that are multi-dimensional (i.e. are doing more than just one thing, and are looking to improve wellness overall)
Eligibility Criteria

CREation will prioritize funding grassroots youth groups consisting of a minimum of 3 Indigenous youth.
Please note: for the purpose of this program CRE defines Indigenous as status and non-status First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada, living both on and off-reserve.
Eligible groups and projects include:
Unincorporated/grassroots youth groups and collectives
Small, incorporated youth groups (note: CRE defines a small organization as groups that have 1-8 full-time employees and an operating budget of less than $500,000)
Youth Councils
Ineligible groups and projects:
Projects that are not youth-led (or where the majority of the leadership is 30+)
Non-Indigenous organizations
Projects taking place outside of Canada
For-profit corporations and businesses
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