Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) has announced they're launching "Small Grants for Youth 2022."

Lead Coordinator Morag Morison says they felt like giving youth a version of the grant system that's operated by the PCRC, with the difference being that CBYF will prioritize youth-led programs. She says, if people just need the funding then want to do it on their own, they'll let them, but they're also willing to lend a hand to help out if needed.

"We really prioritized funding initiatives that are geared towards youth as well," explains Morison. "So, people between the ages of 15 and 30 can apply for grants of up to $500 to run a project or event over the summer months, and that event can be anything relating to employment, education, or mental health."

She adds those who are wanting to apply will have to give an overview of the program they'll look to run, as well as what type of budget would be needed. She mentions they won't be setting a cut-off date. Instead, they're opting for something that gives them more flexibility.

"We're just keeping it open until we've given out our five grants," notes Morison. "Last year, we only did three. This year, we're expanding it a bit and we already have one selected."

She notes she's unsure whether applications will be open for a couple of weeks or a couple of months but stresses that when they're done, they're closing down the program for the summer.

"Not only is this a chance for youth to kind of build their skills, but it's also a really wonderful thing that they can put on their resume," says Morison. "It can help them get out into the community and be the change they want to see."

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