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Types of Grants

We are interested in considering multi-year requests of up to two years for a maximum amount of $150,000 total in the following categories:

Youth Engagement

We would like to see proposals that demonstrate significant opportunities for youth and young leader voices to be engaged in ongoing advocacy, policy development, research and community engagement. Projects that focus on leadership development, alumni networking and connections to community will be prioritized. Engagement through arts, media or additionally creative means are also encouraged. Projects must demonstrate youth engagement in its design, development and implementation for consideration.

Capacity Development

We would like to see proposals that contribute to increased capacity of front line staff, organizations, researchers and community stakeholders for increasing or sustaining the meaningful engagement of young people in decision making related to practice, policy and/or legislation that impacts their transition from foster care to adulthood. Projects may include:

  • staff and board level training on meaningful youth engagement and/or how to build stronger youth-adult partnerships;
  • youth-led and or developed training for young people, organizations, researchers;
  • development or piloting of training to increase youth engagement in public policy development and or political advocacy.

Shared Learning

We would like to see proposals focused on the increased and/or sustained connection between young leaders, front line staff, researchers, and organizations to convene and connect. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate strong partnerships; focus on shared learning, creative convening and dissemination of knowledge; showcase effective and/or emergent practices; and engage young people and alumni of foster care.

Research

We would like to support research that contributes to improved policies or practices that increase successful transitions to adulthood.
Research may be related to:

  • Agreements with Young Adults;
  • relational and or legal permanency;
  • practices, programs, and policies that increase cultural connections and belonging between Indigenous young people and their families;
  • decreasing intergenerational connection to the child welfare system.

Post Majority Research pilot

A major research gap in the British Columbia landscape is the lack of longitudinal data about the experiences of young people who age out of care in this province. We are looking for BC-based researchers who have a history of working with young people with lived experience to develop a pilot study to collect data about this post-majority experience.