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Every good project needs funding to get off the ground. Find out about funding opportunities across Canada that you may be eligible for.

ViaSport is leading the development of a sport sector for British Columbia that is committed to upholding a balanced representation of gender in sport.

The Professional Development Fund for advancing gender equity in sport looks to build leadership throughout B.C. by providing funding for individuals to attend courses, conferences or alternative training. These educational opportunities will inspire participants to be leaders in their community and advocate for equitable sport opportunities.

Eligible applicants are invited to apply for subsidies of up to $1,000 to help cover the cost of registration fees and travel expenses.

Who can apply?

Applications may be submitted by:

Residents of British Columbia who are directly contributing to the advancement of gender equity in sport
*Only one application per individual, per intake will be accepted

Opportunities of use:

Possible opportunities for professional development may include the events listed below. Selected training must be completed by August 31, 2015 and will directly lead to advancement of gender equity in B.C.

  • Every Women Conference, May 29-21, 2015 (Whistler, BC)
  • Women and Sport Conversation, June 9-12, 2015 (Quebec, QC)
  • International Physical Literacy Conference, June 13-16, 2015 (Vancouver, BC)
  • Extended travel within BC to CAAWS workshops (various BC cities)

Looking for more detail? See the Guidelines & Final Reporting section to download specific grant guidelines or find our to how report on your successful project.

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We at The North Face love the outdoors. It's in our DNA, and it defines us as a company. This passion and our desire to share is the catalyst behind The North Face® Explore Fund™. Our goal is to inspire and enable the next generation of explorers by funding non-profit organizations that are working to re-connect children with nature. We believe in the physical, emotional and social benefits of a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle, and that a strong connection with the outdoors will lead to greater support and protection of our natural landscapes.

The Explore Fund will support organizations that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front & backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal & environmental health. Grants will be given up to $2,500, and to maximize the impact of The Explore Fund, we limit our grants to those applications that comply with the following guidelines:

  • Organizations that are registered with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Projects that include community demographics, estimated number of participants, and anticipated outcomes.
  • Proposals that encourage community involvement.
  • Programs that focus on breaking down barriers to getting youth outdoors.
  • The project or program should seek a specific audience and reach out to a specific community or place of interest.
  • All funding requests should be quantifiable with specific goals, objectives, and action plans, with a clear measure for evaluating success.
  • Your program should have a good chance of significant measureable results & momentum over a fairly short term (one to three years).
  • Potential grantees should include a specific communications plan in the application that demonstrates how you plan to disseminate information about your program, as well as maintain visibility of your program & organization on PlanetExplore™.
  • Applications that come with matching dollars will be viewed favorably & this will be taken into consideration during the granting

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Between now and March 29, State Farm is seeking applications for a chance to win $25,000 – one of 40 such grants that will be awarded to improve neighborhoods.

The insurance company’s “Neighborhood Assist” program is a “youth-led philanthropic program” that provides an opportunity to receive a grant to help solve a problem. The program is in its fourth year.

One of last year’s winners was Camp Journey, a weeklong outdoor camp in Idaho for kids with cancer. Campers come from Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana. The State Farm grant covered the cost of camp for all 130 campers last summer.

Here’s how it works, according to a news release: People submit causes through the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app. The deadline is March 29. No more than 4,000 submissions will be taken. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review the submissions and pick the top 200 based on a scoring rubric. Those causes will be announced April 28.

Then public voting begins. Anyone who has the free Facebook app can vote for their favorite causes, with up to 10 votes per day between May 13 and June 3. The top 40 causes then will each receive a $25,000 grant.

Since the program began, according to the release, State Farm has awarded more than $3 million to 120 communities across North America.

Go to for the app.

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The Winnipeg Foundation is committing $100,000 for projects that address key concerns of young Winnipeggers.

Last fall, the Foundation released Youth Vital Signs, a report card in which 1,800 young Winnipeggers ranked 15 key areas of life in our city and shared personal stories and called for change.

“We were impressed by the thoughtful comments we received in Youth Vital Signs and we want to make sure we follow through with action,” says Richard L. Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. “Some of the things we heard, about widespread racism in our community, have been highlighted again in the recent Maclean’s article.”

In addition to concerns about racism, Youth Vital Signs found that young Winnipeggers struggle with housing, poverty, employment and mental health issues. They called for greater investment in these areas and now the Foundation is doing just that. A committee made up of 11 Winnipeg youth leaders will oversee the Youth Vital Signs Response Grants program.

Local charitable organizations are invited to apply to the special grants program. They may request up to $10,000 for projects that address any of the areas identified in Youth Vital Signs. Full details on the grants program are available here.

Grants will be decided in June.

The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada’s first community foundation, was established in 1921. Built by people from all walks of life, the Foundation pools and invests gifts entrusted to it in order to generate grants that benefit a variety of local charitable needs.

— Winnipeg Foundation

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Organizations with projects that directly benefit Columbia Basin youth may apply for funding through Columbia Basin Trust’s youth grants program.

A range of organizations can apply — including non-profit, public and First Nations groups, plus youth aged 15 to 29 with a sponsoring organization. Projects that meet eligibility requirements can receive up to $15,000. The application deadline is March 10.

“Thanks to the dedication and creativity of projects that organizations bring forward, young people have a range of opportunities to engage in their communities and with one another,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, the Columbia Basin Trust’s senior manager for delivery of benefits. “From theatre projects to powwows, robotics teams to youth-led television networks, funding is being used to benefit youth in the Basin in meaningful and diverse ways.”

In the fall 2014 intake, 17 projects received more than $153,000. Successful projects were determined by the Trust’s youth advisory committee, a group of Basin residents aged 15 to 29 who volunteer with the Trust to adjudicate applications and provide recommendations.

One successful applicant was the Castlegar and District Community Services Society. Its youth art project engages youth aged 12 to 18 in the Castlegar area through three projects: a mural that helps celebrate diversity and Aboriginal culture, an aboriginal drum-making workshop and a theatre group that gives youth an opportunity to express their feelings about difficult situations in their lives.

“Thanks to this funding, youth have an opportunity to share their voice with the community by participating in three distinct projects that provide both creative and tangible forms of expression,” said Zoe Mackay, program coordinator of the Castlegar Youth Council. “Several members partook in the grant proposal process, both by generating the ideas and writing letters of support, and were able to take pride in having their voices heard when the grant was approved.”

For more information or to discuss your project idea, contact Basin Youth liaison Michelle d’Entremont at 1-800-505-8998. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Youth Investment Fund is providing $57,000 in funding this winter to communities across Yukon, $36,000 of which will go towards community, culture and education initiatives.

“The Yukon government is happy to provide opportunities for youth through supportive initiatives such as the Youth Investment Fund,” Premier and minister responsible for the Youth Directorate Darrell Pasloski said. “These worthy projects will enrich the lives of young people across the territory this winter.”

The Youth Investment Fund supports short-term community-driven initiatives throughout Yukon, addressing the needs and interests of youth under 19 years of age. Funded projects aim to promote self-esteem or create social or recreational opportunities.

“I was very excited and grateful to be approved for funding through the Youth Investment Fund,” Health and Hope for Families youth outreach worker Joy Reams said. “The funds mean I can continue our weekly girls’ night and expand our current activities. I am looking forward to starting a youth initiative through the local school to bring awareness and action to issues like violence against women, bullying, and racism.”

The next Youth Investment Fund intake is April 1, for applications for amounts over $500 and up to $5,000. Applications to the fund for amounts less than $500 can be submitted at any time.

Learn more: Youth Investment Fund

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The Youth Investment Fund is providing $57,000 in funding this winter to communities across Yukon, $21,000 of which will go towards sport and recreation initiatives.

Starting today, youth-serving organizations in Manitoba are invited to apply for one of 10 MTS Future First grants. Valued at $10,000 each, the grants will be awarded to organizations focused on improving the lives of Manitoba’s young people for the second year in a row.

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