Youth Opportunities Fund - Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides grants and capacity building supports to grassroots, youth-led initiatives and community-based organizations that serve youth who are facing multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing.
The program benefits young people aged 12 to 25 who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis youth, racialized youth, recent immigrant youth, LGBTTQ youth, and/or youth with special needs.
The YOF is a $5 million per year program of the Ontario government, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The YOF will operate in the Greater Toronto Area, including the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York. It includes two funding streams:
- The Strategic Collaborations Stream invests in collaboratives of youth serving organizations that are building on proven initiatives and those that will enhance the quality and responsiveness of service delivery for youth
- The Grassroots Innovation Stream will invest in both Promising Initiatives of Grassroots Groups that have a demonstrated an early track record, and in Promising Ideas, which will create space for young leaders and/or groups of youth to access funds, build their skills, grow their networks and strengthen their communities