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Canada Service Corps Micro-grants

What are micro-grants?

Micro-grants are small cash payments provided to youth applicants between the ages of 15 and 30 to carry out innovative, youth-led community service projects.

Available micro-grant opportunities

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Ocean Wise

Remote, National

Ocean Wise is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities and individuals to take action to protect and restore our world’s oceans.

Applications are being accepted from to .

Micro-grant opportunity title

Eco-Action Accelerator

Micro-grant opportunity description

The Eco-Action Accelerator is a 16-week micro-grant program that provides Canada Service Corps (CSC) alumni with the tools to scale up a service project and produce expansion plans that focus on the long-term sustainability of the project. The program consists of 3-interconnected components that support the development and delivery of grantee service projects: a 3-day retreat in British Columbia, 6 entrepreneurial workshops, and bi-weekly mentorship calls with a triad of your peers. Grantees are expected to spend 8-10 hours/week working on the program to meet the deliverables and will benefit from:

  • Funding from one of three competitive streams:
    • 45 grants of $1,500,
    • 30 grants of $3,000,
    • 15 grants of $5,000.
  • Guidance to develop a long-term sustainable business plan for successful delivery or scaling of their project.
  • A collaborative approach to project development that taps into participants’ knowledge and experience to build a unique network of support.
  • Access to professional resources and subject matter experts.
Eligibility criteria

Participation in the program is limited to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons with official refugee status between ages 19-30 and who have successfully completed a CSC program.

Language of opportunity

English and French

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Volunteer Alberta

National, Alberta

Volunteer Alberta is a diverse and inclusive member association strengthening and creating pathways for volunteerism and civic engagement in Alberta. Our strategic priorities are:

  • Convening networks and collaborates across sectors to nourish relationships and advance collective work.
  • Amplifying diverse voices to elevate the power of volunteerism and civic engagement in communities across Alberta.
  • Strengthening non-profits and community capacity to engage Albertans.

Not currently accepting applications

Micro-grant opportunity title

Alberta Civil Society Emerging Leaders Microgrant Program

Micro-grant opportunity description

ACSEL encourages the civic participation of Alberta youth. It provides 35 Canada Service Corps alumni support and resources to develop new or enhance pre-existing community-based projects. Successful applicants will receive a $5,000 grant to help implement their work. They will participate in a series of learning workshops on the fundamentals of project management and community service.

Eligibility criteria
  • Must be 18-30 years of age at the time of application;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or has been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Must have participated and completed a program funded by the Canada Service Corps; and
  • Must have a significant tie to Alberta (e.g., have some kind of residence in the province, attend school in Alberta, etc.).
Language of opportunity

English

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Chantiers jeunesse

National

Chantiers jeunesse helps create a supportive community with a global worldview.

Through our projects, we help young volunteers and communities reach their full potential.

Our initiatives are part of an international trend that considers individual and collective needs when developing projects.

Not currently accepting applications

Micro-grant opportunity title

Social Impact Accelerator Projects (SIAP)

Micro-grant opportunity description

SIAP offers the opportunity for Canada Service Corps alumni, ages 15 to 30, to:

  • Have access to a micro-grant of up to $5,000;
  • Get personalized coaching in creating a new community service project, or
  • Get personalized coaching in the continuation of an existing project.

The Accelerator program will help youth volunteers improve their social entrepreneurial skills and develop their project for long-term, sustainable growth.

Eligibility criteria
  • Be a former participant of a program funded by the Canada Service Corps (CSC);
  • Be between 15 and 30 years old;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
  • Be ready and able to participate in training events and produce project deliverables throughout the 6-month program;
  • Have a service project idea that addresses a real need in a community.
Language of opportunity

English and French

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TakingITGlobal

National

TakingITGlobal uses a co-creation approach rooted in design thinking and social innovation. It creates safe spaces for youth collaboration, collective impact and growth. The organization helps youth design and carry out service projects.

Not currently accepting applications

Micro-grant opportunity title

Sprout Ideas: Community Impact Fellowships

Micro-grant opportunity description

The Fellowship is a 10-month guided experience from April 2023 to January 2024 with:

  • Training
  • Mentorship
  • Seed grants; and
  • An opportunity to fundraise in support of a volunteer-led project

All Fellows will receive a $500 grant upon completion of specific training and submitted project elements.

Fellows have the opportunity to raise additional tax-receipted funds with the first $1,000 matched by Fellowship partners.

Fellows will engage in a curated and supported learning experience. It will help them build skills, connections and resilience as they implement their projects.

Eligibility criteria
  • You are between the ages of 15 and 30 as of the date you apply.
  • You received a Canada Service Corps micro-grant between 2018 and 2022.
  • Your project focuses on and directly benefits local communities in Canada.
  • You commit to dedicating an average of 3–5 hours per week between April 2023 and January 2024 to:
    • Fellowship activities; and
    • Project implementation.
  • You can attend a live 60-minute program orientation in March 2023.
  • You can participate in twelve live virtual 45-minute tutorials on select Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Eastern, between April 2023 and August 2023.
  • Between August 2023 and January 2024, you can attend:
    • A 30-minute deep listening & facilitation training; and
    • 7 peer learning circles.
  • You commit to submitting a final budget and completing a fundraising page to be eligible to receive a $500 seed grant.
  • You commit to independently fundraising money for your project with the first $1,000 eligible to be matched by Fellowship partners.
  • You commit to preparing a final report and completing a feedback survey.
Language of opportunity

English and French

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About the Canada Service Corps

The Canada Service Corps (CSC) promotes civic engagement among young people from 15 to 30 years old through access to meaningful volunteer service placements that help them gain essential life skills and experience.

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