Youth Opportunities Fund

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides annual grants and capacity-building supports to community-based organizations and grassroots groups serving young people who face multiple barriers to economic and social well-being.

In June 2013, the Government of Ontario released Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed, consisting of seven themes and 20 related outcomes essential to youth well-being. Five of these outcomes were selected to create the granting framework for the Fund.

The YOF aims to enhance the well-being of young people who face exclusion and barriers to full participation in community life. It targets youth aged 12-25, and their families, who are:

  • Indigenous youth (i.e., First Nation, Métis, or Inuit youth)
  • Racialized youth
  • Newcomer youth
  • Francophone youth
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer (LGBTTQ) youth
  • Living with disabilities or special needs between the ages of 12 and 29
  • Living in rural and remote communities
  • Vulnerable to 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

Eligible groups:

  • Grassroots groups (3+ people) that are youth-led or youth-adult partnerships
  • Unincorporated grassroots groups or grassroots groups that incorporated in 2010 or late

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