Youth Mental Health Grant

Kindred Foundation

The Kindred Foundation Youth Mental Health Grant is focused on providing financial support to Canadian organizations providing mental health services to Black and/or 2SLGBTQ+ youth across the country. The goal of the Youth Mental Health Grant is to ensure that organizations directly assisting Black and/or 2SLGBTQ+ youth communities with mental health challenges and illness have the funds they need to carry out their mission.

Kindred Foundation is honoured to be guided by two organizations who are experts and decision makers in this funding initiative. The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black Communities in Canada. It Gets Better Canada envisions a day when no young person in Canada feels marginalized, isolated, excluded, or rejected because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The Black Health Alliance and It Gets Better Canada will be a part of the review committee who will be equal decision makers on the projects that move forward for funding.

The grant is NOW OPEN and accepting applications until April 18, 2023, at 5pm EST.

A maximum of $30,000 will be awarded to each successful application, with approximately 5 grants provided in total. The grant duration is for one year. For awarded grants, if all funds can not be used in one year, there is the possibility of a 6- or 12-month extension on the gift agreement.


  • Must be an organization with a Canadian charitable registration number (Canadian charitable status, a qualified donee). If the organization does not have a Canadian charitable registration number (Canadian charitable status), they can be associated with an organization that does have Canadian charitable status who can receive the donation for them.
  • A Canadian charitable organization providing mental health support to Black and/or 2SLGBTQ+ youth communities.
  • Preference given to Black-led and/or 2SLGBTQ+-led charitable organizations. If the applying organization is not Black-led and/or 2SLGBTQ+-led then there must be a clear illustration of partnership with one or both of these communities to ensure that services provided are informed and sensitive to the needs of these two youth communities.
  • Focus on the immediate provision of mental health services directly to Black and/or 2SLGBTQ+ Canadian youth (not research). This may be the entire focus of the organization or a specific program/project within a larger organization that has a wider mission. Priority given to smaller-sized organizations who may not have a clear pathway to funding sources (e.g., government funding).

The supported initiative may be a project or program – the term “project” is used inclusively for both projects and programs.

Please note: the definition of “youth” can be defined broadly. Youth, as defined by the Government of Canada, is considered to be from ages 15-34 years old. However, it is up to the organization as to what they classify as “youth.”

Click on the Learn More link for details and to apply.

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