The Gwaii Trust Youth Grant provides funding for programs that increase opportunities for children and youth on Haida Gwaii. Priority is given to applications that support Youth Centres and other youth gathering places, recreational activities, sports, education or youth wellness. The Youth Board also prioritizes economic development opportunities such as youth work experience programs and projects that promote the entrepreneurial spirit in youth.
The Youth Board will prioritize applications that maximize the number of individuals and communities impacted and which include all island youth over projects which include youth from only one community. The Youth Board recognizes that transportation is a barrier to participation for Youth and will fund transportation costs associated with maximizing participation.
Guide to Applicants:
This Grant is open to communities, groups, and/or societies on Haida Gwaii; it is not available to individuals or for-profit businesses.
Applications must be received no later than one month before the beginning of your project
No projects will be approved if already in progress.
Youth Grants are intended to support projects where the majority of participants are school aged (K-12).
Projects cannot receive funding from more than one Gwaii Trust Grant.
Projects that have received support from the Youth Centered Communities grant in the same calendar year are eligible to apply to the last Youth Grant intake of each year.
Equity requirement: 25% total, which can include cash, in kind donations or labour or “sweat equity’ (volunteer effort towards the project.
Core funding: permitted
All projects must be completed within one year from the approval date
Incomplete applications may not be considered by the Youth Board. Please ensure that you read the criteria thoroughly and that you include all required documentation. Please contact the Project Officer, Dana Bellis if you have questions or need assistance.
Early applications are encouraged to ensure application is complete.
Compliance to the grant guidelines in no way guarantees proposals will be approved. The completion of applications ensures Directors and staff have all available information necessary to make reasonable choices and decisions. Approval is at the sole discretion of the Board and staff who manage particular grants.
Detailed workplan outlining all aspects of the project, from start to finish, including how success will be measured
Clear budget (Spreadsheet template provided) indicating which funding agencies will be funding which expenses in your budget. Income must equal expenses
Signed cost quotes from all suppliers and other verifiable expenses. (Internet printouts are acceptable for supplies)
Standardized costs can be used for flights (return to Vancouver $700), meals ($65 per day) and hotels ($150) without providing quotes. Receipts for these expenses will be required prior to reimbursement if approved.
Facilitators cost maximum $500.00 per day.
In-kind service rate is calculated at the minimum wage rate (currently $12.65) per hour) unless evidence supporting a higher value for the service is provided
Confirmation of all other income sources, which may include bank statements, confirmation of pending grants and signed confirmations of in kind contributions
Letters of support; a minimum of two (2) – from unrelated parties. Application must clearly demonstrate support for project from youth (letters, collection of signatures, survey, video etc)
All supporting documentation should be uploaded to the online application prior to submission.
Minimize barriers to youth participation.
Build relationships, and communicate with existing youth groups and organizations.
Support youth opportunities.
Support expansion of youth grants to include: sports, culture, arts, and outdoor activities.
To promote quality youth programming, and a vibrant youth community network.
To advocate and support an island community characterized by inclusive, infinite, relevant possibilities, unified experiences, and collaborative youth.
Respect: listening and valuing youth voice.
Collaboration: working together to increase opportunities for youth.
Leadership: promoting leadership development across the youth network.
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