Youth Opportunities Fund

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The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides grants and capacity building supports to grassroots, youth-led initiatives and community-based organizations serving youth who are facing multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing in the GTA.

The program will engage and benefit young people ages 12 to 25 and their families living in the Greater Toronto Area, who are:
  • Aboriginal youth (Frist Nation, Metis, or Inuit youth)
  • Racialized youth
  • Newcomer youth
  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer (LGBTTQ) youth
  • Youth with disabilities or special needs between the ages of 12 to 29
  • Are vulnerable of becoming or are in conflict with the law
  • Are in care or leaving care
  • Are in low-income situations or from low-income families
  • Have dropped out, or are at-risk of dropping out of school
Launched in the fall of 2013, the YOF is a $5 million per year program of the Ontario government, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The YOF operates in the Greater Toronto Area, including the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York.

Two funding streams of YOF:

image: puzzle pieces - clipartStrategic Collaborations Stream creates opportunities to enhance the quality and responsiveness of services for youth facing multiple barriers with a focus on systems change and collaborative work.
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Grassroots Innovations Stream creates opportunities for youth-led and grassroots groups to implement their bold ideas for how to shape and strengthen their communities. It is a chance for these groups to build skills, grow their networks and to respond to issues in new and inspiring ways.

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Program
Guidelines
(pdf)
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How the YOF
came to be
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YOF News

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Grant Review
Committee