Funding Opportunities for Youth Violence Prevention

There are numerous funders that exist ranging from the government to private businesses to local foundations.

The funding opportunities listed are specifically geared towards improving outcomes for youth and the community. The granting cycles vary throughout the year depending on the funder, however, where possible it is recommended to subscribe to each funder's listserv or e-mail alerts to receive up to date information on future deadlines.

When you're ready to start working on your grant application, check out the
Grant Writing Tips and Tools section on our site. If you're looking for support to apply to a funding grant please feel free to contact our team.

Charitable Organizations and Foundations

Laidlaw Foundation

The Laidlaw Foundation believes in supporting youth to become healthy, creative and fully contributing citizens through investment in innovative ideas that contribute to youth and civic engagement as well as the fostering of a diverse and socially inclusive society.

Youth-Led Community Change program:

The Youth-Led Community Change program's objective is to motivate and encourage young people to take action on community issues that are relevant to their lives by bringing attention to these issues. Applicants may request a minimum of $5000 and to a maximum of $25,000 in funding.

Capacity Building, Training and Skills Development program:

The Capacity Building, Training and Skills Development program is geared to groups, organizations and individuals in the youth-led sector looking to enhance their leadership capacities, organizational effectiveness, program delivery and skill development through training. Grants range from up to $5,000 for groups and organizations and up to $1,000 for individuals.


Innoweave provides community sector leaders with tools and resources to enhance their impact to effect large-scale changes in the community. It is an initiative of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Social Innovation Generation (SiG), thought leaders, academics, and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

Youth Collective Impact (Youth CI)

Youth CI is a new program that helps organizations across Ontario develop, launch and implement collaborations through a collective impact model to address community challenges and directly improve outcomes for youth. Youth CI is delivered by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundations' Innoweave initiative in partnership with the Laidlaw Foundation and supported by the Government of Ontario.

The funding application process involves various steps to lead groups through a collective impact module process, which includes attendance at information and engagement sessions, workshops and customized coaching. Youth CI has two funding streams:

  • Launch funding
  • Execution grants

United Way of Peel Region

The United Way of Peel Region provides Youth in Action Grants as a one-time grant opportunity focused on creative youth-led projects that address community issues in Peel Region. Youth and/or groups of youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are eligible to apply. Grant requests can be made for up to $2,000 per project.

Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation

The Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation (BACCF), is an independent, philanthropic organization that provides an effective vehicle for donors and philanthropists to leave a legacy for the long term betterment of their community.

Funding opportunities are available for projects that contribute to the community's growing needs for artistic, cultural, recreational, educational, environmental, health and social service-related programs

Community Foundations for Mississauga

The Community Foundations for Mississauga is dedicated to building partnerships with other stakeholders to invest in solutions to meet the needs of the people and neighbourhoods of Mississauga. Through work with their donors and the broader community, they invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play.


Maytree believes that everyone can and should have a role in building and strengthening the communities where they live. Funding opportunities are available to registered charities with a mandate and track record of at least 3 years in reducing poverty in large urban centers in Canada and building strong civic communities.

Federal Government

Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) provides funding to specific projects that, contribute to preventing and reducing crime in Canada and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention.
The NCPC aims to prevent and reduce offending among those most at-risk, especially:

  • Children, youth and young adults who show multiple risk factors known to be related to offending behaviour;
  • High risk offenders in communities; and
  • Aboriginal and northern communities, especially those with high crime rates and persistent crime problems.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice provides funding to community organizations aimed at supporting Aboriginal communities, victims of crime, and individuals with lower incomes, families and young people. There is also specific funding for projects that, support and provide treatment to young people who are in conflict with the law, and organizations that are working to improve the youth justice system and respond to emerging issues.

Youth Justice Fund

The Youth Justice Fund provides grants and contributions to projects under three funding components:

  • Youth Justice Main Fund
  • Drug Treatment
  • Guns, Gangs and Drugs

Status of Women Canada

Status of Women Canada is a federal government organization that works to promote and advance equality for women by focusing its efforts on three priority areas:

  • Increasing women's economic security and prosperity;
  • Encouraging women's leadership and democratic participation; and
  • Ending violence against women and girls.

Provincial Government

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada's largest granting foundation. Grants are provided to community-based initiatives that help build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario. There are various granting streams:

  • Seed grants
  • Grow grants
  • Capital grants
  • Collective Impact grants

Each granting stream has specific application deadlines throughout the year.

Youth Opportunities Fund

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides grants and capacity building supports to community-based organizations and grassroots groups serving young people who face multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing. Specifically, the YOF is seeking to improve outcomes for young people aged 12 to 25 and their families who are:

  • Aboriginal youth (i.e. First Nation, Métis or Inuit youth)
  • Racialized youth
  • Newcomer youth
  • Francophone youth
  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer (LGBTTQ) youth
  • Living with disabilities or special needs between the ages of 12 -29 
  • Living in rural and remote communities
  • Vulnerable of becoming or are in conflict with the law
  • In care or leaving care
  • In low-income situations or from low-income families
  • At-risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school

The Youth Opportunities Fund has two granting streams: Strategic Collaborations and Grassroots Innovation.

Grants Ontario

Grants Ontario provides information about grants provided by the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade; Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; and, the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario; and, selected grants from the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.

Healthy Communities Fund

The Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) is dedicated to helping Ontarian's lead healthy and active lives by supporting communities to deliver integrated programs that improve the health of Ontarians.
The Healthy Communities Fund has three main components:

  • Program Stream (for province-wide projects)
  • Partnership Stream
  • Resource Stream

Local Government

Region of Peel

The Region of Peel's Community Investment Program (CIP) provides grants for non-profit agencies to help build the capacity of the sector and better deliver community and social services in Peel Region.
Community and social service agencies may apply to three main funds:

  • Sustainability Fund
  • Organizational Effectiveness Fund
  • Collaboration Fund

In particular, the Collaboration Fund assists with collective planning and implementation of initiatives and programs that are innovative in meeting a defined need within the community.

City of Brampton

The City of Brampton provides both financial and/or in-kind support to non-profit community groups to create or continue initiatives that raise awareness and foster a positive image of Brampton. The Community Grants Program includes the following grant streams:

  • Arts and Culture Grant
  • Festival and Celebration Grant
  • Sports Parks and Recreation Grant

City of Mississauga

The City of Mississauga has various grant programs listed under their Community Grants Portal. The funding categories may change depending on the current trends and needs of the community. For 2016, the grant programs are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Cultural Festivals and Celebrations
  • Designated Heritage Property; and
  • Recreation & Sport

Private Businesses

Bank of Montreal (BMO)

The BMO Financial Group focuses on supporting social responsibility in the communities it serves with a specific focus on projects or programs that add value to the scope of services offered by an organization in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Hospitals, Health and Research
  • Civic and Community Services
  • Arts and Culture

Requests for funding are reviewed by BMO's Corporate Donations Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis.

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC's Children's Mental Health Project funds programs that address youth and family's immediate need to access mental health services. Funding grants are focused on two key areas:

  • Navigation programs
  • Technology based solutions

Consideration is also given to supporting other programs that increase access to care if they are collaborative and have demonstrated successful outcomes. Priority is given to programs that increase collaboration across service providers to improve integration within the mental health and general health systems.

Don't forget to check out the Grant Writing Tips and Tools section!

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