Community Investment Grants for Youth

For youth, by youth.

If you're a non-profit or charitable organization, we provide grants up to $30,000 for programs that help build a richer future for youth in our communities. Grant applications are reviewed by our Youth Get It™ Community Councils. Why? Because they know the best and most meaningful way to impact other youth.

Our grants support programs that help youth aged 13 to 29 years:

  • build a strong financial future
  • succeed during their school years
  • build a sense of belonging to decrease stress and depression

We help organizations that:

  • are non-profit societies, co-ops or have an approved sponsor organization
  • demonstrate a strong need for the project/program that is proposed for funding
  • demonstrate a strong track record, organizational capacity and the ability to complete their project
  • propose projects/programs that benefit a significant number of youth in one or more of the communities where we do business: the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the South Okanagan
  • identify practical and realistic evaluation plans with achievable and measurable outcomes
  • encourage innovation through new approaches, new models and new ways of making change for individuals in our communities
  • promote collaboration through mobilizing and facilitating individuals, groups and communities to work together
  • have taken demonstrable action to secure additional funding and community resources
  • have prepared realistic and appropriate activity plans and budgets for the initiatives proposed

We're not able to help with:

  • political parties or affiliated activities
  • religious activities
  • individuals seeking grants (see Youth Get It Education Awards for help)
  • deficit or retroactive funding
  • programs or initiatives outside Coast Capital Savings' market areas
  • controversial issues
  • healthcare, health events, medical equipment, individualized therapy or counselling services
  • capital campaigns and infrastructure, (e.g., for new buildings, monuments, playgrounds, etc.)
  • capital expenses, (unless they are small expenses and are part of a broader project proposal)
  • fundraising events or projects (see Community Sponsorships for Youth for help)
  • more than 70 per cent of a project’s budget (in-kind contributions will be considered)
  • organizations that have not submitted satisfactory final reports from previously received Coast Capital Savings funding

Winter Grant Cycle

Expression of Interest Deadline: January 10, 2017
Application Deadline: February 9, 2017
Notification: End of March

This grant cycle focuses on funding that:

  • helps youth build a sense of belonging to decrease stress and depression, contributing to healthy minds

We want to help vulnerable youth aged 13 to 29 years in our communities have healthy minds so we're interested in supporting programs that:

  • build self-esteem and positive social skills through constructive interactions with peers and mentors
  • support bullying prevention initiatives that promote inclusion and social connectedness
  • provide access to resources and support for youth experiencing stress and depression

Spring Grant Cycle

Expression of Interest Deadline: February 24, 2017
Application Deadline: March 27, 2017
Notification: Mid-May

This grant cycle focuses on funding that:

  • helps build a strong financial future for youth
  • helps youth succeed during their school years

We want to help vulnerable youth aged 13 to 29 years in our communities achieve financial empowerment and educational success so we're interested in supporting programs that:

  • provide financial literacy and life skills training to help prepare youth for independence
  • help youth to earn money and become self-reliant through programs that build employment skills, provide pre-employment training or work experience
  • help youth succeed during their school years through programs such as homework clubs, mentorship programs and initiatives that encourage high school completion

Fall Grant Cycle

Expression of Interest Deadline: August 25, 2017
Application Deadline: September 18, 2017
Notification: End of October

This grant cycle focuses on funding that:

  • helps youth build a sense of belonging to decrease stress and depression
  • helps build a strong financial future for youth
  • helps youth succeed during their school years

This is a smaller granting round targeted at supporting programs that help vulnerable youth aged 13 to 29 years in our communities. Programs should occur between December 2017 and May 2018. Programs with time frames that fall outside this timeframe should apply for the 2018 Winter or Spring granting cycles.

Ready to apply?

Step 1

Fill out an online Expression of Interest (EOI) that outlines your proposal for a Community Investment Grant - we want your “30 second pitch” on your project, so be sure to tell us why your project is one we should consider funding. We’ll review your submission for basic eligibility and fit, and contact you if additional information is needed.

Step 2

If we like your Expression of Interest, we'll invite you to submit a full application together with two letters of support which will then be reviewed by one of our Youth Get It Community Councils. We’ll let you know our decision by email.

 

Notifications for the Fall 2017 Granting Cycle will be mid-November


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Questions?

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If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email grants@benevity.com.

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