Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects that address urgent local priorities.
“This is incredibly exciting,” says Bre Thompson, 29, a member of the GBCF Community Challenge review team. “Our communities are facing challenges on many fronts. Youth want to be part of creative solutions that enhance equity, sustainability and fairness and 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 to address 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 of work. Later this year, Grand Bend Community Foundation will also bring youth and community members together for ‘Vital Conversations,’ a community dialogue focused on creating a better future together.
This Community Challenge goes far beyond the communities of Lambton Shores, South Huron and Bluewater. Participating community foundations will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities from coast to coast to coast. As a whole, the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and community realities of the future.
“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to connect with the youth in our communities,” says Penny Nelligan, GBCF Chair. “Although all applications will be considered, we hope the focus will be on environmental issues, especially plastic pollution and climate change – major challenges in our communities and across Canada. I can’t wait to see what creative ideas our young people come up with!”
“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world. Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives such as global student marches against climate change. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands further, by bringing them to the decision-making table where they can lead in developing solutions for the future,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of 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 for the future of work.”
Grant applications will be accepted between May 22 and September 18, 2019. Contact Grand Bend Community Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information on how to apply, or visit grandbendcommunityfoundation.ca.