This is of Interest to Toronto-based Agencies applications are now being accepted for the Youth Community Violence Prevention grant.
On February 19, 2020, City Council approved the Community Youth Violence Prevention Grants to support the de-escalation of violence in Toronto communities. Programming will be aimed at violence prevention and interruption activities for youth, aged 10-29.
Youth are at the centre of this programming. Agencies will engage youth to identity the programming required and youth will advise on the implementation and evaluation of these programs. Youth engagement is also reflected in the granting process, as youth will be part of the review panel recommending successful grantees for approval.
A data driven approach to selecting communities that have identified escalated risks and increased impact and exposure to community violence has been used to identify the following priority neighbourhoods.
The nine (9) sites/communities selected for investment are:
- Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown (Priority: Pittsboro/Orphington)
- Lawrence Heights (Priority: Neptune)
- Regent Park (Priority: Regent Park, St. James Town, Yonge & Gerrard and the Esplanade)
- Malvern/Morningside/Woburn (Priority: Empiringham, Orton Park, Cedarbrae and Danzig)
- Rexdale/Kingsview Village (Priority: Willowridge, Capri, East Mall and West Mall)
- Dorset Park (Priority: Glenmorgan, Canlish)
- Steeles L'Amoureaux (Priority: Glendower, Bay Mills and Chester Le)
- Oakwood Village (Priority: Eglinton West, Little Jamaica and Vaughn Road
A 10th site in Jane Falstaff was funded at the end of 2019.
- Applicants may apply for up to $200,000 per site
- Applicants may apply for programming in a maximum of 2 sites
- Funding is available for up to a maximum of three (3) years, contingent on performance
- A community service organization, or coalition in each of the nine (9) communities (identified above)
- Organizations must demonstrate a proven track record of working with Youth Most Vulnerable to Involvement in Serious Violence and Crime (MVP youth)
- Organizations must have extensive experience in delivering anti-violence initiatives, conflict de-escalation training, mental health supports that are youth informed
- Organization must have the ability to provide programming in Safe Spaces in the selected communities
- Partnerships are encouraged and the lead organization must be incorporated and have a recent audited financial statement
The complete grant guidelines as well as the letter of intent application questions are attached. Please visit www.toronto.ca/preventyouthviolence for additional information. To apply, please click here. Only online applications will be accepted.
Deadline: May 25, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.
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