Through the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund (IYCFF), the Laidlaw Foundation invests in opportunities for Indigenous youth to connect with their land, languages, and cultures, and each other. We want to support change-makers to engage in acts of decolonization, nation and community building, and cultural resurgence.
More specifically, the IYCFF grants are for Indigenous youth to develop and lead projects where they:
- learn about and are immersed in their lands, languages, rights, laws, and cultures
- participate in acts of resurgence, reclamation, and cultural care
- build relationships within and across diverse Indigenous communities and nations
This call is open to Indigenous youth-led groups that are based in remote, rural, and urban territories spanning Ontario. A youth-led group is a project that has been developed by and will be led by at least two Indigenous young people 35 years and under. We also welcome groups with adult allies, community members, elders or knowledge keepers playing supportive roles as long as young people, who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples, come up with the project idea and lead the project. Our grant is inclusive of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Afro-Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+ and disabled young people.
You can apply for up to $30,000 for small-scale projects that can last between 6 to 12 months. Please note that due to the number of applications we receive and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
Click on the Learn More link for details and to apply!