Youth Opportunities Fund

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YOF Granting Framework

Learn about the Youth Opportunities Fund (pdf)

Investing in Youth Wellbeing

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) is an annual program that provides grants and capacity building supports to youth-led grassroots groups and community-based organizations serving young people who face multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing.

In June 2013, the Government of Ontario released Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed. Stepping Up consists of seven themes and 20 related outcomes that are essential to youth wellbeing.

Five outcomes were selected to create the granting framework for the YOF.

Click on the image below for a larger view of the YOF granting framework.


Who benefits?

The YOF is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of young people who face exclusion and barriers to full participation in community life.

The YOF benefits youth aged 12 to 25 and their families, and who are:

  • Aboriginal youth (i.e. First Nation, Métis or Inuit youth)

  • Racialized youth

  • Newcomer youth

  • Francophone youth

  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer (LGBTTQ) youth

  • Living with disabilities or special needs between the ages of 12 -29 

  • Living in rural and remote communities

  • Vulnerable of becoming or are in conflict with the law

  • In care or leaving care

  • In low-income situations or from low-income families

  • At-risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school

Two funding streams of YOF:

strategic collaborations stream iconThe Strategic Collaborations Stream supports collaboratives that are working to enhance the quality and responsiveness of services for young people facing multiple barriers. Initiatives funded through this stream are focused on improving systems of services and opportunities for marginalized youth.

Details on the Strategic Collaborations Stream

grassroots innovation stream iconThe Grassroots Innovation Stream creates opportunities for grassroots groups and youth-led 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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