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Youth 4 Community Funding


The Youth 4 Community Fund is a way of encouraging young people to get involved in philanthropy, build community awareness and learn new skills.  It will also help address needs in our community around youth priorities.

Students in our local high schools have raised funds that will become part of the United Way Community Fund.  These “student raised” funds will be reserved for youth programs, services and projects.  Registered charitable organizations in Thunder Bay can apply for these funds by filling in the Youth 4 Community Application form.

“All that kids can be” is one of the United Way of Thunder Bay’s focus areas.  The Youth 4 Community Fund will provide support to programs, services and projects in the following areas relating to youth:  Youth recreation and neighbourhood youth hubs; Anti-Racism and Discrimination and Youth Involvement/ Leadership. 

The Youth 4 Community Fund will fund up to $5,000.00 per organization, for one program, service or project that is youth orientated.  Youth are identified as ages 13-24 years old.


January 12, 2018: “Youth 4 Community” Funding Applications are due.
January 2018:  Available funds are determined, as the amount of money available depends on the outcome of the high school fundraising campaign.
February/March 2018:  Youth Granting Committee will receive training on the selection process and review funding requests, interview agencies and develop initial funding recommendations.
March 2018:  Representatives from the Youth Granting Committee will present their funding selections to the United Way Board of Directors for final approval.
April 2018:  The United Way will host the “Youth Funding” Presentation Media Event. The Youth Granting Committee will present the funding to the successful funded agencies.  All funded agencies are required to be present at this media event.

United Way of Thunder Bay is leading the way to a better community by improving the quality of life for all local people. By collaborating with community partners, we are leading the way to addressing social issues in our community and investing in three critical areas: Poverty, Kids and Strong Communities. Donations to the United Way are strategically invested across Thunder Bay to many vital programs and initiatives in these areas, creating a social safety net that works to achieve lasting change for our neighbours, families and friends.

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