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Grants For West Kootenay Youth through Osprey Community Foundation

There’s money in these hills.

Osprey Community Foundation, with support from the RBC Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), is making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects in Nelson and area, and $5,000 for projects in each of the regional affiliate areas of North Kootenay Lake, Slocan Valley and Salmo Valley.

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth (aged 15-29) to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. Depending upon project location, applicants will apply through either Osprey Community Foundation, Slocan Valley Legacy Society, Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake or the Salmo Valley Fund. For application guidelines and information about how to apply in your community, visit this link.

“We’re challenging youth from all over the West Kootenays to consider some of the pressing issues facing our communities today,” says Tina Choi, Executive Director of Osprey.

“Now consider what you could do to address these issues if you had 5 to 15 thousand dollars to spend. You can make a difference and we’re thrilled to have the funds to help you turn your ideas into action. Start talking, start planning, application deadline is September 18th .”

“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world. Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives such as global student marches against climate change.  The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands further, by bringing them to the decision-making table where they can lead in developing solutions for the future,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of CFC.

“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, senior director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada while building the 21st century skills needed to prepare for the future of work."

Grant applications will be accepted between May 22 and September 18, 2019.

About Osprey Community Foundation:

Osprey Community Foundation is a public, charitable foundation, created in 2000 by and for the people of Nelson, BC and the surrounding area. Donations to Osprey are pooled in a permanently-endowed fund, generating income each year that flows back to local charities and eligible organizations.

Osprey is governed by a local board of directors, and is a member of Community Foundations of Canada.  Participating in the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge builds on the community foundation’s long-time support to local youth and youth leadership.