By Nancy Morgan, NGCF Communications
The North Grenville Community Fund (NGCF) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities.
“This is incredibly exciting”, says Daren Givoque, Chair of NGCF. “Youth are facing pressures on many fronts, and so are our communities. We want to be a part of creative solutions that enhance equity, sustainability and fairness that help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas for addressing urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities – all things that will help them prepare for the future. Later this year, NGCF will also bring youth and community members together for “Vital Conversations”, a community dialogue focussed on creating a better future together.
This Community Challenge goes far beyond North Grenville. Participating community foundations will make grants and learning about opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities across Canada. As a whole, the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and realities of the future.
“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world. Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives and student marches against climate change. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands by bringing them to the decision-making table, where they can lead in developing solutions for the future.” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO Community Foundations Canada (CFC).
“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada, while building the 21st century skills needed to prepare fo the future of work.”
Grant applications will be accepted between May 22 and September 18, 2019. Contact [email protected] for more information on how to apply.