Youth Catalyst Fund

youthThe Youth Catalyst Fund is an innovative initiative that is mobilizing private, public and philanthropic investments to address youth employment issues raised in Community Foundations of Canada’s landmark #GenerationFlux report.

The Youth Catalyst Fund is making available a total of $2 million in grants to Canadian charities and investments in social enterprises across Ontario thanks to our partners.

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Grant Program

The Youth Catalyst Fund program is supporting charities across Canada that are helping young Canadians who are facing barriers or disadvantages to obtaining employment or completing post-secondary education or training. Grants will range from $45,000-$170,000 and be offered over two or three years.

Our impact focus is on building pathways to career success and making a catalytic impact in the critical period that takes place at the end of secondary school when young people are building their capacity and resources to have a successful transition to post-secondary options, be that further education, training or apprenticeships.

Social Enterprise Program

The Youth Catalyst Fund social enterprise program is using a co-investing model to make $1M in investment capital available to support 10 or more social enterprises across Ontario that create employment opportunities for young people facing job barriers, as well as social enterprises that are youth-led.