The Conversation Starter Grant has been announced that supports youth-led and youth-serving groups across Ontario to get conversations started that can help identify a common issue affecting young people that needs to be addressed, and/or identify who needs to be involved in a collective effort to improve the conditions of young people in their community.
- Elevate the voices of young people with lived experiences in the justice, education,
and child welfare systems;
- Support initiatives working on or advocating for early intervention;
- Promote equitable and accountable institutions and systems;
- Support initiatives working on or advocating for evidence-based policy;
- Support initiatives that are informed by youth, families and communities.
- Grants are up to $1,000.
Priority will be given, but not limited to:
- Initiatives supporting youth that have lived experience with at least one or more of these systems: justice, child welfare and education;
- Initiatives that are Black youth-led and/or Indigenous youth-led;
- Initiatives that take on a youth-centred approach;
- Initiatives that engage families and communities and/or promote healthy relationships with caring adults;
- Projects working to combat systemic racism and discrimination presented across all three systems;
- Collaboratives that demonstrate trusting partnerships;
- Initiatives that connect services and advocacy across all three systems;
- Projects that promote or develop better practices for supporting youth disadvantaged by the justice, education and child welfare.
- You are a youth-led or youth-serving group looking to build a collaborative to work in a community in Ontario.
- You are a new or informal group.
- You are convening to identify specific youth priorities for your community that needs to be addressed.
- You are looking for funding/resources to help you get your youth collective impact conversation going in your community.
For more information, visit http://laidlawfdn.org/grants-and-programs.html