Community Investment
Grants For Youth

Each year we provide grants up to $30,000 for programs that give youth a hand up on their journey to financial independence.

Our granting program aims to help youth aged 13 to 29 achieve what is important in their lives and build a strong financial future. We invest in programs that help young people build the foundation that will help them navigate life, achieve the education they need, prepare for the world of work and build their financial capabilities; all with a goal of contributing to a young person’s journey to becoming empowered and financially independent. We want all youth to have the opportunity to reach their full potential and have a particular interest in helping vulnerable youth who face more significant challenges.





Foundational Support: Prepare youth with resources and skills to navigate life
Foundational Support: Prepare youth with resources and skills to navigate life

  1. Promote equity, foster inclusion, and build social connectedness
  2. Develop resilience and coping skills to manage stress
  3. Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills, improve self-advocacy
  4. Ensure basic needs are met including safe and supportive housing and nutrition

Education Support: Help youth succeed at school


  1. Promote active engagement in school to support high school completion
  2. Support student preparation and transition to post-secondary



Employment Support: Preparing youth for the world of work

  1. Build work readiness skills, including leadership skills
  2. Provide pre-employment, self-employment training or work experience
  3. Help youth earn income through co-ops or volunteer opportunities

Ongoing Financial Literacy Support: Helping youth achieve the tools, skills and behaviours that build financial capability
Ongoing Financial Literacy Support: Helping youth achieve the tools, skills and behaviours that build financial capability

  1. Provide money management and budgeting skills
  2. Deliver financial education and life skills training to help prepare youth for independence

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 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

Ready to Apply?

Coast Capital Savings has a two-step application process.  The first step is to submit an online expression of interest (EOI), which is an opportunity to pitch us on your program and the impact it will have on youth. Once a fit has been established with our grant guidelines, a short-list of organizations will be invited to submit a full application as part of Step 2. Note that applicants can request up to 70% of their project’s/ program’s overall costs, showing 30% funding from other sources, be it cash or in-kind. 

Once these steps are complete, applications will be reviewed by our Youth Community Councils. Why? Because we know this for youth, by youth approach is the most meaningful way to positively affect the lives of youth in your communities.

Round 1 Grant Cycle Round 2 Grant Cycle
Expression of Interest Deadline: January 20, 2020 Expression of Interest Deadline: June 15, 2020
Application Deadline: February 23, 2020 Application Deadline: July 26, 2020
Notification: Week of April 27 Notification: Week of Oct 5

Community Investment Grant Highlights

Since their inception in 2013, our Youth Community Councils have awarded more than $8.8 million in grants to 678 youth-serving programs in our market areas. In 2018, $1,665,765 was granted to 109 youth-serving programs in our communities.


Questions?
Send us an email and we'll be happy to help you.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email grants@benevity.com.