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 that serve youth who are facing multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing.

The program will engage and benefit young people ages 12 to 25 who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, racialized, recent immigrants, LGBTTQ, and/or youth with special needs.

The program will also strengthen supports to benefit young people who:
  • Are at-risk of becoming and / or are in conflict with the law
  • Have experience in child welfare services
  • Are in low-income situations or from low-income families
  • Have, 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 will operate 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: hands holding puzzle pieces - clipartThe Strategic Collaborations Stream invests in collaboratives of youth serving organizations that are building on proven initiatives and those that will enhance the quality and responsiveness of service delivery for youth
image: plant sprouting from earthThe Grassroots Innovation Stream will invest in both Promising Initiatives of Grassroots Groups that have a demonstrated an early track record, and in Promising Ideas, which will create space for young leaders and/or groups of youth to access funds, build their skills, grow their networks and strengthen their communities

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