My name is Talen, and I am one of the project assistants of Living Lab! Today, I’m going to tell you a little about a way for youth (Canadian citizens between the ages of 15-30) to gain access to funding to organize service projects in your community.
The name of the funding is the #RisingYouth grant, and it is part of the Canadian Government’s Canada Service Corps project for community service. Here’s a quick breakdown of how the grant works, and how you can apply:
Organization name: Rising Youth
Official Website: https://risingyouth.ca/
What is it?
A grant intended for youth aged 15-30, to create their own project to serve a need their community. A full checklist for the grant can be found here: https://risingyouth.ca/files/CSG-checklist.pdf
How much is the grant?
There are three funding levels which vary depending on the scale of your project:
(Source: Rising Youth website, https://risingyouth.ca/)
How many grants are available? Am I competing with others for this grant?
There are multiples of each of these grants, and application deadlines vary depending on the amount of funding you apply for. Only one grant can be issued per person.
How do I apply?
The Rising Youth website is very user-friendly, and guides you through a brief application process. The application requires you to submit a) a project proposal (~500 words outlining your project), and b) an expenses template.
IMPORTANT: You do not have to have your details finalized to submit a proposal! In fact, Rising Youth is primarily for youth who may not have led these projects before, and who may need additional guidance. It is fine, and in fact encouraged, to submit a proposal with your idea as-is, and the Rising Youth team can provide support if you need assistance in forming the details of your project.
Similarly, if you are unsure of your project’s expenses, feel free to send your best estimates in your application, and let the Rising Youth team know that you are still working out the details.
What happens after I apply?
If approved, you’ll be contacted by the Rising Youth team to confirm your funding. From there, it is up to you and your partner organization (if applicable) to organize your project, while being sure to keep all your receipts for an expense report, which must be provided to the Rising Youth team after the project’s completion.
I was fortunate enough to be approved for the $1500 Rising Youth Community Service Grant. For my project, I am partnering with the Living Lab Project to host an eco-cultural learning event for youth here on Vancouver Island. Thanks to the Rising Youth Grant, I will be able to organize and co-host this event, aiming to engage community and youth to learn about places of cultural and ecological significance on our coastline.
I hope this was helpful, and you feel inspired to apply for this fantastic community resource! If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I can be reached at [email protected]
All the best!
Talen Rimmer, Living Lab Project Assistant