Youth Initiative Grants 2017

Youth Initiative Grants

Do you have an idea for a project that will make your community a better place? Youth Initiative Grants were created to support projects developed by youth for youth (25 years and younger) within the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region.


GenNext® is a program that encourages people in their 20′s and 30′s to become involved with United Way through giving and volunteering. Working with a Council of volunteers, GenNext creates opportunities for people to support United Way, its Community Partners, and to get involved in the community.

The GenNext Council organizes fundraising events, promotes volunteer activities, encourages people to contribute to our city, and provides a forum for people to connect. Meet our Council!

GenNext® is the proud sponsor of the Youth Initative Grants.  Visit to learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!

Applying for Funds

Our Youth Initiative Grant application process is open from  December 1st, 2015 throughout the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region. The deadline for applications will be January 30th, 2017. The application is available only on-line. United Way’s GenNext® Council reviews all applications. Decisions will be made at the end of February. Grant cheques will be presented to successful applicants in March 2017.


Youth Initiative Grant applications must:

•     Be written by a youth or group of youth (age 25 or under).
•     Support youth engagement within the applicant’s community.
•     Be clearly defined, realistic, sustainable, and cost-efficient.
•     Be completed by the end of the 2017 year.
•     Request funds for $2000 or less.

*Grants cannot cover prizes or overseas initiatives (unless the funds requested are for a local component).
*Staff expenses may only be requested in exceptional cases. Please speak with United Way to see if you are eligible.
*Grant applications may include up to 3 additional pages of information including timelines, maps, pictures, etc.

Important Note

Grant cheques can be made out only to organizations that have a registered charitable number. Applicants can partner with an organization. The partnering organization then receives the funds on your behalf and gives you access to the money so you can complete your project. Download the new Partner Organization Agreement here.

Need a partnering organization? Check with your school, church, sports association, arts or culture group, or local government! If you need help partnering with an organization, please contact us at

Reporting on Investments

There is a requirement to submit a report on how the funds invested in your organization, program or project were used. This report is due January 15th, 2017. 

Focus Areas

Your application must align with one of United Way’s focus areas:

From Poverty to Possibility
Helping to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our communities, building the capacity of individuals to become economically independent, and advocating for the removal of systemic and discriminatory obstacles to economic security
All That Kids Can Be
Helping children and youth reach their full potential by supporting education and cognitive development as well as social, emotional, and physical development.
Strong Communities
Building strong communities and promoting health and well-being for community members.


If you would like to have assistance with your Youth Initiative Grant application, please contact Kristi Rintoul at or 250.372.9933.