Youth Take Charge

The Youth Take Charge Program aims to strengthen youth attachment to Canada through engagement. Our key expected results include youth being engaged in communities and aware of the importance of being an active and engaged citizen. In this context, youth is defined as individuals between 7 and 30 years of age.

We support organizations delivering youth-led projects that exemplify the ability to strengthen youth attachment to Canada and involve activities in one or more of four thematic areas:

  • Arts and culture;
  • Civic engagement and youth service;
  • Economic activities; and
  • History and heritage.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be:

  • a Canadian registered not-for-profit organization;
  • a Canadian registered charitable group; or
  • an Indigenous representative organization.

In addition, you must:

  • have a minimum of three years of experience in serving youth on a significant national or provincial/territorial scale. This is defined by a number of factors, such as:
    • geographic reach: your activities reach beyond your immediate regional community;
    • demographic impact: you directly engage a significant number of youth on an annual basis;
  • have adequate security and safety policies and procedures in place demonstrating the nature and length of your experience in delivering youth programs.

For-profit entities; governments (federal, provincial/territorial or municipal administrations), Crown corporations or other federal institutions; and public or parapublic groups or organizations (e.g. schools, colleges, universities, school boards, public libraries) are not eligible.

Application deadline

September 15

How to apply

Read the Application guidelines in their entirety before completing your application.

Please contact us to request an application package. You must meet all eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package to be considered for funding.

You are strongly encouraged to discuss your proposal with a Youth Take Charge representative before submitting your application.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Youth Take Charge
15 Eddy Street, 8th floor, 15-8-C
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST).

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