Frequently Asked Questions

What is this funding program?

RisingYouth is a program led by TakingITGlobal to help youth build Canada and develop life skills by giving back to their communities. Together, we are building a program to increase youth involvement through community service. Created for youth, by youth. The program length is 2 years until March 2020.

What are the criteria to apply for the funding?

The funding program is available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people who have been granted refugee status in Canada. In the context of the program, "Youth" refers to individuals who are 15-30 years old during the year of their participation in the program. Please see our application checklist for full criteria.

If you are applying for the $1500 grant, you'll be required to have a community reference or mentor, like a teacher or a member of a local organization to support your project.

How can I apply for the grant?

You can apply online using our website by selecting one of the available grants for $250, $750 or $1500. We also have word word or pdf applications online, as well as a series of in person events planned across the country. Throughout the program we'll also be working closely with a series of National partners to ensure young people across Canada have opportunities to apply and benefit from support with their projects.

Can I apply as an organization?

The program is designed for individuals or a group of youth in Canada. The objective is to involve youth through a service initiative. Organizations can support youth initiated and youth led projects, but organizations themselves are not eligible to receive funding.

If you are looking for funding as a youth organisation, you can apply to the government funding program in the following link:

What is the difference between the different grants available?

$250 - For simple ideas - like community events or gatherings - that can be implemented by you and your friends.

$750 - For bigger ideas that can be implemented with a small group of peers, such as building a community garden, or distributing care packages.

$1500 - For projects that involve a larger group of people to drive impact. Projects at this level of funding need a budget and a mentor or community reference to apply.

When will the money will be sent to me?

We have 3 different deadlines for each grant that are displayed on the website.

Grants of $250 are reviewed and approved monthly - so if you apply with your community service idea today, you can expect to receive the funding at the beginning of next month.

Grants of $750 are reviewed every two months, so you can expect to receive funding resources at the beginning of the month after each funding window concludes.

Grants of $1500 -are reviewed on a quarterly basis, so you can expect to receive funding beginning the quarter after your submission is received.

Quarter 1: Apply in January-February-March to receive funding in April.

Quarter 2: Apply in April-May-June to receive funding in July

Quarter 3: Apply in July-August-September to receive funding in October

Quarter 4: October-November-December to receive funding in January

How many ideas can I submit?

If you have many different ideas to improve your community and you wish to define and refine your project more specifically, we encourage you to use our Guide to Action to help develop your service project concept. Each individual, can only apply once for the program, but you could be involved in multiple group projects if you wish.

If you need more support, you can always reach out to one of your partners: YMCA of Canada, OceanWise, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Apathy is Boring, Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, 4-H Canada, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Katimavik, MindYourMind, Chantiers jeunesse.

What is the Guide to Action?

The creation of this guide was informed by the experiences of youth leaders from around the world as part of research conducted by TakingITGlobal's Co-Founder, Jennifer Corriero, on Youth-Led Action in an International Context.

What is a community reference / Mentor?

Community references and mentors are trusted individuals who will support and advise on project development throughout planning and implementation. These could be members of your community such as Elders, teachers, coaches, members of NGOs or other networks. Essentially, this is someone who can help you plan and connect to maximize the impact and benefit to your community.

Where is this money coming from?

Our program is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps initiative.

Is this grant money taxable?

As grants are only reimbursing you for expenses incurred in conducting your voluntary service activity and none of the funds are being paid to you personally, these grants are not considered taxable income.

When can I start my project?

Your project must begin within 3 months of your grant approval and should be completed within 5 months of receiving the funding.

Are there any special considerations if my project is aiming to serve a community that I am not part of?