Grant Name: Youth Innovations Test Grant





Expression of Interest deadline August 24, 2022, 5p.m. ET
Notification of status of EOI Approximately 7 weeks after EOI deadline
Grant Application deadline November 9, 2022, 5p.m. ET
Notification of Grant Application Approximately 5-6 weeks after Grant Application deadline
Organization Mentor Application Open year round
Organizational Mentor Registration deadline January 27, 2023, 5p.m. ET
OM-Grassroots Group Collaborative Agreement deadline January 27, 2023, 5p.m. ET
Start date for all Grants No earlier than May 1, 2023


Looking for better ways to support young people?

Are you a youth-led grassroots group or a youth-adult partnership? Apply for a Youth Innovations Test grant for a project designed to support other youth in your community in one of these three areas:

  • Research a new concept or issue
  • Strategize around issue(s) affecting people you want to support
  • Test a new project idea


Group eligibility

The YOF supports projects led by youth who share identities, experiences, and face the same systemic barriers as the people who will benefit from the project. This “by and for” principle is a requirement in all YOF funding streams.

We prioritize projects led by and for Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) youth and Black youth.

Eligible groups

Your group may be eligible if it meets our definitions of a youth-led group or youth-adult partnership, and:

  • Is led by youth, ages 29 years or under, who share identities and experiences with those they will engage in project activities
  • Exists independent of a larger organization. This means the group has autonomy to choose their Organizational Mentor, design the project, identify group members, and plan for the future.
  • Is based in Ontario
  • Has three or more core members
  • Is either an unincorporated group or an incorporated non-profit organization with independently managed revenues no higher than $50,000 in either of the last two years.
  • If group is incorporated as a not-for-profit; board members and day-to-day management continues to meet youth-led and youth adult-partnership models
  • Agrees to work with an Organizational Mentor (OM)

Ineligible groups

The following are not eligible to apply:

  • Registered charities
  • Groups specifically designed to serve young people through committees or clubs of institutions, including municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals
  • For-profit businesses
  • Individuals

Project eligibility

Your project may be eligible if it:

  • Includes all required information
  • Strongly aligns with your chosen YOF Priority Outcome
  • Complies with OTF policies. Our policy requirements define eligibility for OTF funding and outline exclusions. Funds are granted to eligible applicants delivering eligible project activities that directly align with YOF Priority Outcomes.
  • Benefits young people ages 12-25, and/or 12-29 for youth living with special needs and/or disabilities

How to Apply?

1.       Key dates and Expression of Interest (EOI) submission

  • Review the Grant Application deadlines
  • Review the EOI questions at YI Resources to prepare your responses
  • Submit your application online

2.       Create a user profile

  • Start your application by logging in or creating a new user profile in our application portal
  • If you are creating a new user profile, please enter the name of your group’s primary contact with their email address. We will email this person a user ID, temporary password, and instructions on how to access the online Expression of Interest (EOI).

3.       Notification of shortlisting and Grant Application submission

  • We will tell you the status of your EOI around 4-6 weeks after the EOI deadline
  • Begin to research potential organizational mentors (OM)
  • If your group is shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a Grant Application

4.       OM application and assessment (OMs only)

  • Review relevant deadlines for the OM application
  • Is your organization new to OTF? If yes, Register online once the OM application is live
  • Is your organization already registered with the OTF? Once the OM application is live, you will Log in to apply online Look for Applications (YOF) in the top right corner. Click to access OM Application.
  • The YOF team will verify your organization’s eligibility
  • If your organization is not eligible, we will ask you to notify the relevant groups and project leaders impacted by this decision

5.       Recommendation and selection

  • The volunteer YOF Grant Review Committee will finalize funding recommendations following the submission of OM information
  • OTF’s Board of Directors approve these recommendations

6.       Notification of funding approval

  • If your Grant Application is funded, your OM will sign and uphold the grant contract with OTF
  • All applicants will be notified of the status of their Grant Application two months after you submit your Organizational Mentor – Grassroots Group Collaborative Agreement

7.       After approval

  • Start date: The start date is no earlier than May 1st of the year your grant starts.
  • Reporting & monitoring: In addition to scheduled touch points, grantees track activities, spending, and learning to complete the annual progress report and a final report.
  • Capacity building: Learn and connect with other YOF grantees by participating in YOF led events and making the most of capacity building funds available in your project budget.
  • Evaluation: Grantees must work with an external evaluation team to evaluate progress towards the chosen YOF outcome.
  • Completion: After OTF staff approve a Final Report, the grant hold-back funds are released and the grant is closed.
  • Grantee compliance: A random sample of grants are subject to a Grantee Compliance Audit. Grant files can be audited for compliance at any point during the grant’s life, or after the grant has been closed.

Funding Amount

  • Minimum N/A
  • Maximum $85,000

Contact Information

1 800 263-2887
416 963-4927
TTY: 416 963-7905
Fax: 416 963-8781

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