The deadline to submit the Youth Violence Prevention Grant Letter of Intent is Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 12 p.m.
The Youth Violence Prevention Grant was established in 2020 to provide agencies with funding to support the de-escalation of youth violence. Agencies can apply for up to $200,000 in funding for projects aimed at programming that is responsive to violence prevention, intervention and interruption in thirty (30) Toronto Communities. The Youth Violence Prevention Grant launches March 2, 2023. For additional information please see the Youth Violence Prevention Grant Guidelines.
Applications to the Youth Violence Prevention Grant will be accepted from partnerships comprised of an established, community-based non-profit lead organization and a grassroots group/organization. These two parties must demonstrate a balanced division of labour, a strong commitment to collaboration and partnership, a proven track record of two (2) or more years of working with youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime (MVP youth, aged 10-29) and solid communication and risk mitigation plans.
To apply, the Established Not-for-Profit Lead and Grassroots Partner must both beet the following Eligibility Criteria:
The Established Not-for-Profit Lead Must:
The Grassroots Partner Must:
The Youth Violence Prevention Grant will prioritize the leadership and participation of Indigenous, Black, and other equity-deserving organizations and groups. Indigenous applications will be reviewed by an Indigenous Grant Review Panel.
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The list of prioritized communities that will receive intensive, locally based supports through this Grant were identified through an extensive analysis of data that combines key trends and themes associated with risk factors, the number of critical violent incidents, and social determinants of health that are impacting youth, aged 10-29.
|Zone 1||Black Creek, Glenfield-Jane Heights, York University Heights, Oakdale-Beverley Heights, and Humbermede|
|Zone 2||Elms-Old Rexdale, Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown, and Kingsview Village-The Westway|
|Zone 3||Beechborough-Greenbrook, Rustic, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Yorkdale-Glen Park, Englemount-Lawrence, Weston, Brookhaven-Amesbury, and Weston-Pelham|
|Zone 4||Kensington-Chinatown, Regent Park, Parkdale and Moss Park|
|Zone 5||Golfdale-Cedarbrae-Woburn, Oakridge, Malvern East, Eglinton East, L’Amoreaux, Morningside, West Hill, and Dorset Park|
|Zone 6||Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, and Victoria Village|
Each zone will receive at least one Grant. Additional Grants will be prioritized for:
Funding is directed at violence prevention, intervention, and interruption programming. Social development programming will only be considered if in combination with one of these 3 prioritized streams.
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it is the responsibility of applicants to stay up to date and adhere to all public health measures, advice and restrictions that may impact the implementation of a project.
This Grant application will consist of two stages:
|April 11, 2023||Stage 1 – Letter of Intent Applications Due|
|Mid-April to Late-May 2023||Stage 2 – Pitch Presentation invitations sent to shortlisted applicants|
|Mid-to-Late May 2023||Grant Panel Review Process|
|May 31, 2023||Funding Recommendations Announced|
|June 2023||Funds Released|
Agencies will be asked for a fulsome year one work plan and budget if you are one of the successful Grant recipients. Please note that year two and year three budgets and work plans will be confirmed during the reporting and monitoring process.
Participants will receive an overview of the 2023 Youth Violence Prevention Grant where you will learn more about the Grant priorities and eligibility criteria. There will be a Q&A session after with City of Toronto staff. Attendance is not mandatory.
|Tuesday, March 7, 2023
3 – 4 p.m.
|Join via WebEx.|
|Tuesday, March 14, 2023
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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Have questions about the Grant? Unsure if your project idea is eligible? Feel free to drop in during our virtual office hours where you can connect with the Grant staff leads. Attendance is not mandatory.
|Wednesday, March 15, 2023
6 – 7 p.m.
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|Monday, March 20, 2023
12 – 1 p.m.
|Join via WebEx.
|Monday, March 27, 2023
5 – 6 p.m.
|Join via WebEx.|
Letter of Intent applications will be reviewed and assessed for shortlisting by City staff from the Community Funding, Community Safety and Wellbeing and Youth Development Units. Youth in the communities identified in this Grant call will be trained to review and recommend proposals that address the needs within their communities as part of the review process.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to record a video pitch about their program for the Grant Review Panel. The panel will consist of youth who reside in the zones applicants have requested to work in, and of City staff. Review panels will recommend successful applicants to the Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration for approval.