The Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for its Youth in Action granting program. Applications must be filled in via their online site http://cflsa.fluidreview.com/. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Created in 2012, the program focuses on getting young people involved in philanthropy by giving back to their schools and communities. In its first five years, the program has awarded $48,000 to over 45 projects. From recess equipment and gardening supplies, to band instruments and science lab equipment, the program has supported many capital projects. It has also supported community events, mental health-related projects, reading programs, summer camps, and leadership initiatives.
“Youth in Action grants are a favourite at the Community Foundation,” says Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “We are continually impressed with the great ideas our youth come up with when they apply for funding. It’s also very exciting to see how they consider the overall benefits of their project to their community or school. There are a lot of community-minded young people out there, and we’re very proud to support their initiatives.”
Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 for their project. The projects funded must be initiated, led, and organized by individuals (or a group) under the age of 25 in partnership with a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity (this includes schools and municipalities). More information on eligibility and funding criteria for grants at the Community Foundation is available at cflsa.ca/granting.
The selection process for the grants is also handled by youth, with students from the University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club working with Community Foundation volunteers to determine successful applicants.
The funding for Community Foundation grants is generated from the investment income of permanent endowments established by many generous donors throughout southwestern Alberta.