The Canadian Roots Exchange (CREation) is seeking applications for the Multi-Year Funding Stream under the Community Grants Program to support Indigenous youth-led non-profits, organizations and charities that seeks to create impactful community change and increase the wellness, resiliency and engagement of Indigenous youth.
Funded groups must demonstrate Indigenous leadership and youth-leadership at all levels (Board of Directors, Leadership, Staffing, Advisory, etc). Successful applicants must be either an incorporated organization or have a trustee in place to hold grant funds.
CREation is a multi-level funding program that will support strengths-based, community-focused and youth-led projects taking place in communities across Canada. Groups are eligible to apply for funding to support community programs and projects, while receiving innovative mentorship, training and capacity-building opportunities.
Funding Stream Priorities
- There is a priority in this stream to support:
- Indigenous youth-led non-profits and registered charities
- Indigenous youth-led grassroots groups that have strong experience running programming and projects (and a trustee to hold funds)
- Projects that are large in scale and scope (i.e. high impact over a long period of time)
- Projects that are multi-dimensional (i.e. are doing more than just one thing, and are looking to improve wellness overall)
- Please note that groups funded in this stream must have a formal governance system in place (whether grassroots organizations or incorporated organizations).
Project Focus Areas
Successful projects will fall within the following areas:
- 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).
- The Multi-Year Project Funding Stream will provide two years of funding of up to $150,000 ($75,000 in Year One and $75,000 in Year Two).
- Funding in this stream is only open to incorporated/registered non-profit organizations and charities that are Indigenous youth-led OR grassroots groups who have an incorporated group trustee.
- 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 include:
- Indigenous youth-led incorporated non-profit organizations
- Indigenous youth-led registered charities
- Indigenous youth-led organizations
- Grassroots groups that have an incorporated organization that has agreed to trustee the project (please include a trustee letter as a part of your application)
- Ineligible groups:
- Unincorporated and grassroots groups without a trustee
- Non-Indigenous organizations
- Organizations that are not Indigenous youth-led
- For profit corporations
- Groups or projects operating outside of Canada
- Groups with an organizational budget of over $2,000,000
For more information, visit Canadian Roots Exchange (CREation).