2019 Affiliate Grants
The following two grant opportunities were made possible by the Sunderland Foundation. YVC’s partnership with Sunderland aims to increase the development of and interest in trade skills prevalent in manufacturing and construction, which has been one of the hardest segment of the workforce to staff with skilled workers (Forbes Magazine). Funding from Sunderland Foundation acts as a catalyst for building/construction-based volunteer projects within the network.
Big Build Grants
The Big Build Grant is YVC’s largest, and most competitive, grant opportunity to-date, with grants ranging from $2,000-$40,000. The Big Build Grant was created to improve the outcomes of our entire network through large construction-related initiatives, so our goals were to increase the number of project hours, resulting in increased impact to our communities and youth volunteers. Affiliates were also asked to demonstrate how their Big Build initiative would be used as a recruitment opportunity for new volunteers.
Big Build grantees will be announced later this year. Stay tuned for more information!
Health and Wellness Projects- Youth Volunteer Grant
The Health and Wellness Projects Grant was developed to support youth-created and youth-led service projects that promote health and wellness in the communities that YVC impacts. YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board served as the grant administrators, review panel, and had the responsibility of selecting the recipients of the Health and Wellness Projects Grant. Two grants were awarded to projects in Calgary and St. Joseph.
- Calgary youth volunteers submitted a project entitled “Strong Students,” and was awarded $300. Youth volunteers will come together to build a garden at a local university where university students, and high school students utilizing public study spaces, may take a break from their stressful days and focus on their personal mental health and wellbeing through therapeutic gardening.
- St. Joseph submitted a project entitled “Compassion Cards,” and was awarded $200. Youth volunteers will meet to create and develop positive messages addressing anti-bullying, coping mechanisms, depression, suicide, and general positive thoughts. The cards will also have support phone numbers including a bullying report line and suicide hotline. Volunteers will place these “compassionate cards” on lockers when students may feel increased stress, such as during testing season, graduation, or the holidays.