The City of Toronto has awarded the recipients of its second Youth Violence Prevention Grant to support the de-escalation of violence in 23 priority Toronto communities. The Grant will allocate approximately $2.7 million in annual funding to 13 community organizations and 12 grassroots partners for up to three years. It supports the implementation of programming in communities identified as Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and/or revitalization sites.
The approved programming aims to de-escalate violence through effective community engagement approaches and trauma-informed programming. This updated 2023 Grant prioritized investing in intervention and interruption program models that serve justice-involved and/ or gang-associated and gang-involved youth participants, aged 10-29.
The 2023 community organizations and their grassroots partners that will receive funding are:
|Kids with Incarcerated Parents & Y.A.A.A.C.E
York University Heights Humbermede
|Jane Finch Centre & Think 2wice
|Rexdale Community Health Centre & Think 2wice
Kingsview Village-The Westway
|Midaynta & Mending a Crack in the Sky
Kingsview Village-The Westway
|Unison Health and Community Services & Mind on Strength
|Jane Alliance Neighbourhood Services (JANS) & Black Creek Youth Initiative
|The Neighbourhood Group & St. Jamestown Youth United
|YouthLink & MIC Chek
|Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities & The Good Guides
|East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club & Bridging Borders with Inmates
|Harriet Tubman Community Organization & National African Integration and Families Association
|Flemingdon Health Centre & Engaged Communities
|Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig, Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying – ENAGB Youth Program
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.
|Black Creek, Glenfield-Jane Heights, York University Heights, Oakdale-Beverley Heights, and Humbermede
|Elms-Old Rexdale, Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown, and Kingsview Village-The Westway
|Beechborough-Greenbrook, Rustic, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Yorkdale-Glen Park, Englemount-Lawrence, Weston, Brookhaven-Amesbury, and Weston-Pelham
|Kensington-Chinatown, Regent Park, Parkdale and Moss Park
|Golfdale-Cedarbrae-Woburn, Oakridge, Malvern East, Eglinton East, L’Amoreaux, Morningside, West Hill, and Dorset Park
|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.
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.