Grants up to $2K available this spring for youth-led projects in the Central and South Okanagan

$2K grants for youth projects

Youth working hard to help better their communities are being offered support again from United Way SIBC, GenNext Kelowna and the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF) through Youth Initiative Grants.

The grants are awarded to the community projects with project funding of up to $2,000.

Any young volunteers up to age 25 partnering with an organization to create positive change in their local community are invited to apply. The partner organization needs to reside in either the Central or South Okanagan-Similkameen in order to apply, but is open to be a school, church or charity.

Applications are open until March 2, 2021.

"Youth in the Central and South Okanagan want opportunities to have a positive impact in their communities. They care about their communities, the environment, inclusiveness, homelessness, youth engagement and mental health,” co-chairs Charmaine Pearce and Zach Webster stated in a press release.

“Youth Initiative Grants give youth the resources to make those positive impacts possible, and GenNext Kelowna is proud to be a funding partner and part of the granting process every year.”

Last year’s recipients included youth-led projects by Enactus Okanagan College – Green Screen and Silver Surfers programs; CRIS Adaptive Adventures – Scavenger Hunt; and YMCA – Youth Advisory Council.

“The Youth Initiative Grants provide an opportunity for youth to have their voices heard and make an impact in areas that matter the most to them,” Abbie Norrish, grants & community initiatives coordinator with Central Okanagan Foundation said.

“It’s inspiring to see the passion that the youth have for their projects and their community.”

Application packages are available online on the United Way website.

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