Last updated: May 26, 2020 at 1:30 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 and intervention.

The Youth Violence Prevention Grant call has closed.

Given the complexity of the initiatives, partnership applications are highly encouraged.

To be eligible to apply for the Youth Violence Prevention Grant:

  • The lead agency must be an incorporated for public benefit organization with audited financial statements for the last fiscal year.
  • Applicants are required to specify the expertise, roles and responsibilities of each partner in the proposal.

Organizational Experience

  • 3+ years of evidence-informed programming focused on anti-violence work with diverse youth, specifically in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA), Emerging Neighbourhoods (EN), Neighbourhoods Slated for Revitalization, and/or with Toronto Community Housing
  • You currently work in the larger community, or in the specific pockets identified in the nine sites above
  • Strong skills in delivering violence prevention programs to youth and adults, particularly with MVP youth (i.e. youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime)
  • You have access to safe spaces for youth in these communities
  • Strong understanding and awareness of trauma-informed practices
  • Knowledge of positive youth development principles and practices, mental health, and justice sector
  • Experience working with diverse groups including Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ2 youth, young women, and immigrant and refugee youth
  • Experience in data collection and evaluation processes.

Organizational Status

  • Be an incorporated for public benefit organization (a for public benefit organization operates without financial gain for its members or directors)
  • Be based in the city of Toronto (this means the organization’s head office must be located in Toronto, and grant supported activities must take place in Toronto)
  • Be accountable to the community through an elected Board of Directors representing the community it serves
  • More than 50 per cent of Board members reside in the city of Toronto
  • Have audited financial statements for the most recent fiscal year
  • Be in good standing with the City of Toronto
  • Comply with the City of Toronto Grants Policy
  • Have effective financial and program management experience
  • Have experience and demonstrated ability to manage the project (administrative oversight, processes and procedures)
  • If applying as a partnership, partners have a clear role in this project and a clear structure for the decision-making process.

Eligible Neighbourhoods

Project programming should take place in one of the following neighbourhoods:

  1. Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown (with a priority in the Pittsboro/Orphington area)
  2. Lawrence Heights with a priority in the Neptune area)
  3. Regent Park (with a priority in the Regent Park, St. James Town, Yonge & Gerrard and the Esplanade areas)
  4. Flemingdon/Thorncliffe
  5. Malvern/Morningside/Woburn (with a priority in the Empiringham, Orton Park, Cedarbrae and Danzig areas)
  6. Rexdale/Kingsview Village (with a priority in the Willowridge, Capri, East Mall and West Mall area)
  7. Dorset Park (with a priority in the Glamorgan, Canlish area)
  8. Steeles L’Amoureaux (with a priority in the Glendower, Bay Mills and Chester Le areas)
  9. Oakwood Village (with a priority in the Eglinton West, Little Jamaica, and Vaughn Road areas)
  10. Black Creek/Jane and Finch/Jane and Sheppard/Shoreham – New

The City of Toronto is currently seeking a community service organization, or coalition in each of the nine (9) neighbourhoods identified in the Eligibility section. Applicant organizations must demonstrate a proven track record of working with Youth Most Vulnerable to Involvement in Serious Violence and Crime (MVP youth), and must demonstrate success in implementing violence intervention and de-escalation strategies.

Funding requests should include programming that is informed by a youth-driven consultation, or a needs assessment and may include the following activities:

  • Community engagement activities
  • Trauma-informed programming
  • Leadership development programming
  • Employment development and supports
  • Mental health supports
  • Reintegration services and/or programs

All activities must follow physical distancing protocols as indicated by Toronto Public Health, which can be found on the City’s COVID-19 page.

  • Applicants may apply for up to $200,000 per neighbourhood. Multiple applicants per neighbourhood may be funded if requests are submitted for less than $200,000. Collaborations are strongly encouraged to maximize funding impact.
  • Applicants may apply for programming in a maximum of two neighbourhoods.
  • Funding is available for up to a maximum of three years.
  • Activities funded through this grant should begin in July 2020.
  • 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.

Given the complexity of the initiatives, partnership applications are highly encouraged.

Applications will be assessed by a combination of City staff and MVP youth (i.e. youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime).

Neighbourhoods 1-10 deadline has passed and the Youth Violence Prevention Grant call is closed.

There are no virtual information session scheduled at this time.

Letter of Intent applications will be reviewed and assessed for eligibility by City staff.

Eligible applicants will be shortlisted and invited to present a virtual pitch on their program to a grant review panel consisting of City staff and MVP youth (i.e. youth most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime).

Review panels will recommend successful applicants to the Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration for final approval. Successful applicants will be notified of their funding approval in late June. Contract signing, work plan and budget submission will follow.