Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Young Edmonton Grants (YEG) program provides local youth with funding to turn their ideas into reality.
The YEG program gives funding for projects initiated, led, and organized by Edmonton and area youth. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24.
In 2016, Todd Houseman and Ben Gorodetsky received $2,950 from ECF to produce an Indigenous storytelling event called Stories on the Hills. The event took place at Fort Edmonton Park and featured Ben and Todd’s improv troupe Folk Lordz. They also featured other respected Indigenous storytellers, including Elder Jerry Saddleback and Grand Chief Tony Alexis. This event had musical entertainment by Quantum Tangle and visual storytelling through painting and poetry by Lana Whiskeyjack. You can read all about Ben and Todd’s project here.
Stories on the Hills is just one example of the dozens of youth-led projects funded by ECF’s YEG program. If you have an idea or project, we encourage you to apply!
The key to a successful application is “youth initiated and organized”. This granting program is not intended to support charities or agencies that already provide youth programming or services. Instead, it is intended to support youth who create their own projects or initiatives.
Application deadlines are twice a year, on February 15 and October 15. Applicants will need to partner with their school or a registered charity to accept the money on their behalf.
Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by a committee of young Edmonton and area residents.
Here are some other things to consider when applying:
- Applications must be received by ECF no later than the deadline.
- All applications must address the information requested in the application form.
- Most kinds of activities can be funded, as long as they are youth led.
- Funding will NOT be awarded for any projects, programs, or initiatives that:
- involve direct religious activity;
- involve partisan political activity;
- benefit an individual (such as a scholarship);
- have already occurred;
- involve funds being redirected to activities beyond the Edmonton area (e.g. disaster relief in another country).
- For the purpose of this program, youth are considered to be persons 13 to 24 years of age.
- A Young Edmonton Grants Advisory Committee will review applications and provide feedback.
- To receive funding, applicants must partner with a registered Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) charity.
- The partner charity must be aware of all applications. A representative from that charity must endorse the application.
- For junior and senior high school students, Edmonton Public or Edmonton Catholic School Boards may be willing to accept grants. A principal’s signature is required. Please see the application.
- For post-secondary institutions, a director of student services may be the appropriate endorsing authority.
- Some community leagues have CRA status and may agree to accept grants.
- This is a one-time grant. Multi-year requests will not be considered.
- It is anticipated that the number of applications will be greater than the funds that are available to disburse. Not all applications will be approved.
- At the conclusion of the project or activity, we would appreciate receiving a brief update about the initiative. This informal reporting may include:
- a brief description of the activities;
- photos or videos;
- notable successes or lessons learned;
- plans for follow-up activities (if any).
- All approved grants – including the names of the charities and the names of the youth projects involved — will be listed in Edmonton Community Foundation’s publications (such as Legacy in Action magazine, website, podcast and newsletters).