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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.

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Social Planning Council of Ottawa

Canada

Since 1928 the Social Planning Council has been a catalyst for sustainable social & economic development. Our mandate is to provide leadership in planning and establishing priorities for meeting identified needs. Our mission is to provide residents of Ottawa with the means to exercise informed leadership on issues affecting their social and economic well-being. Our goal is to improve quality of life for all members of the community, particularly those experiencing social and/or economic exclusion (especially people from diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds, low income residents, Aboriginal residents, people with disabilities, vulnerable seniors and marginalized and under-employed youth). We deliver our three core services in four strategic service areas: 1. Access to Basics o Emerging governance platform for Synapcity (a civic engagement organization helping to create a better Ottawa) and Youth Action Now (a youth civic engagement initiative). 2. Creating Inclusion • Capacity building for grass-roots ethno-cultural groups; • Creating Community for Ethno-cultural Seniors, reducing seniors isolation through social programs, service navigation and partnerships with 25 grassroots ethnocultural groups and mainstream services; • Culturally Competent Dementia Care Project, piloting culturally appropriate dementia day programs to support ethno-cultural seniors with dementia and their caregivers. 3. Community Economic Development • Partnering for Success in Youth Employment, a collective impact initiative to improve youth unemployment and under-employment; • Hot Shoe Productions, a videography social enterprise for youth; • GenerationeXt Economic Incubator Spaces, youth-focused economic development inubators in three low income neighbourhoods for skill building, trianing, mentoring and business development. 4. Supports to the voluntary sector • Secretariat for neighbourhood community development initiatives, including developing the Neighbourhood Equity Index, used by United Way and the City for evidence based planning; • “Effective Measures”, our social enterprise providing evaluation to non-profits; • Ottawa Region Community Data Consortium enabling affordable access to socio-economic data;

Applications are being accepted from to .

Micro-grant opportunity title

Youth Leadership for Change

Micro-grant opportunity description
Youth Leadership For Change is a project that aims to build a culture of service and volunteering among racialized youth in Ottawa aged 18-30, with activities that strengthen youth resilience, build an inclusive Canada and promote civic engagement. The Canada Service Corps (CSC) through the Social Planning Council of Ottawa (SPCO) will provide funding to youth, in the form of micro-grants, to take ownership of an issue that is important to them, propose a solution, and implement it at the local community level, while developing their leadership, budgeting and planning skills. The objectives of the project are to: Individual-Level Objectives 1. Increase participation of racialized youth aged 18 – 30 in civic engagement and volunteering around inclusion and resilience; 2. Increase skills of individual youth with respect to civic engagement and community improvement (anti-discrimination, how policy change happens, community development skills); 3. Build foundational skills of individual youth, particularly around leadership, resilience and networking, that are transferable to the labour market; 4. Improve the resilience of racialized youth aged 18 – 30, particularly with respect to the capacity to maintain mental wellness and participate effectively in the constant changes in the labour market. Community-Level Objectives 1. Increase opportunities for volunteering by racialized youth (# of hours and # of youth); 2. Increase the number and range of youth-led social-benefit projects addressing inclusion, youth resilience, anti-discrimination, equity, integration of newcomers, sustainable economic development and other issues; 3. Achieve concrete community improvements on inclusion, youth resilience, anti- discrimination, equity, integration of newcomers, sustainable economic development or other issues of high priority to racialized young people (demonstrated by increased awareness, increased assets/resources, new or enhanced programs/services and/or policy changes); 4. Support increased civic participation by youth aged 18 – 30, particularly racialized youth; 5. Increase understanding by mainstream services and decision-makers of the unique needs and assets of racialized youth with respect to youth resilience, advancing inclusion and civic engagement; 6. Increase access by others to resources that support volunteering and civic engagement of racialized youth aged 18 – 30. Application Guideline A grant of $3,000 to $5,000 will be given to the selected youth organizations to support their activities and projects. Who is NOT Eligible? • Youth-led groups living outside of Ottawa. • Youth-led organizations composed of individuals over the age of 30. • Youth-led organizations that are aiming for commercial or fundraising initiatives. • Individuals who are not part of a group. Review Process: The review committee will include at least one representative from each of the following groups: • Members of the SPCO Youth Employment program. • Members of the SPCO Youth Incubator program. • Community leaders. • Members of the SPCO Collective Impact Initiative Group. Reporting and Recognition of Funding: • All grant recipients must submit proof of their activities through social media posts and a brief description report. • All successful applicants must recognize the financial contribution received from SPCO.
Eligibility criteria
Eligibility: • The proposed project must involve youth between the ages of 18-30. • All youth involved in the project must be living in Ottawa/Gatineau. • The project must be submitted by a group of more than one person. • Selected applicants must agree to participate in the Learning Event that will be organized by the SPCO on a later date.
Language of opportunity

Bilingual

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Ifarada: Centre for Excellence

Canada

Ifarada: Centre for Excellence is a non-profit, charitable, and family services organization designed to provide a holistic approach to healing, wellness, and resiliency. With a focus on culturally informed, anti-oppressive practice, and holistic care, Ifarada specializes in supporting Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in the Durham Region. Ifarada is a not-for-profit organization designed to support holistic care, mental wellness, and community enrichment. Ifarada provides mentorship, counselling, group programs, parental education workshops, employment support, and other services within the Durham Region, east [Kawarthas], and GTA. Ifarada's programs are held in a hybrid model, which includes virtual workshops, webinars, and meetings, in-school and in-community programs, and in-office programs.

Applications are being accepted from to .

Micro-grant opportunity title

Adrinka Youth Leadership Program

Micro-grant opportunity description
Adrinka Leadership Project is a one-time leadership program and grant offered to youth ages 16-29 years old. Youth are encouraged to develop a micro-project in their community that focuses on building their employability skills, making a positive impact in their community, and sustaining positive communal changes. This six-week project consists of mentorship workshops, one-to-one coaching, and a start-up fund to initiate your project. Through the leadership project, Ifarada's team will provide mentorship, coaching, and support to Black, Indigenous, and racialized youth ages 15-29 to develop new skill sets, practice leadership skills, and gain valuable experience through the development and execution of youth-led community projects.
Eligibility criteria
Ages 16-29 years old, identifies as Black, racialized, or Indigenous or working in collaboration with a youth who fits the criteria
Language of opportunity

Bilingual

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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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