Frequently Asked Questions
What is Youth United?
• The Youth United Grant funds groups of young people up to $1,500 each to make their ideas happen
• Youth United involves groups of youth striving to make meaningful change in Simcoe County, the District of Muskoka, and/or the Town of the Blue Mountains
What are the main priority areas (or purposes) of the Youth United program?
• Youth become active and involved in their Simcoe Muskoka community
• Youth leadership will be identified, developed and supported
• Youth realize their potential to create sustainable change
What kind of youth projects is United Way Simcoe Muskoka interested in supporting?
• Create youth-led visible change in our community
• Help youth increase and strengthen their leadership skills and develop new abilities
• Motivate and encourage other youth to become involved in the communities of Simcoe County, the District of Muskoka, and/or the Town of the Blue Mountains
• Create opportunities and solutions for communities
• Encourage youth to form new connections and work collaboratively with networks and organizations in Simcoe County, the District of Muskoka, and/or the Town of the Blue Mountains
• Benefit local communities through the participation in neighbourhood activities to improve quality of life
How much is the grant?
• Each grant is a maximum amount of $1,500
Do I have to apply for the maximum $1,500 grant?
• No, apply for the amount of funds appropriate for your project to be successful (for example, if it will only take $500 to make your project idea happen, you only need to apply for that funding amount)
How can I get involved with Youth United?
When is the deadline for applications?
• UWSM will accept project applications received between December 16, 2017 and February, 13, 2017.b>
What if I am a youth with an idea but don’t have a community organization (Community Advisor) to work with?
• Not a problem! Contact UWSM so we can help you connect with an organization! Please see our contact information below
What if I am a community organization who has an idea but no youth to carry it out?
• We can help you too! Contact UWSM so we can help you connect with a group of youth looking for a Community Adviser to support their project
Do you have any resources to assist in the application process?
• Attend the grant-writing workshop on January 14, 2017. Contact us (see contact info below) to RSVP for the workshop or with additional questions.
• Example Projects
Who will make funding decisions for each project application?
• The project has a Youth United Council made up of volunteers who are responsible for reviewing all applications and deciding which projects will get funding Click here for more information about the council.
• Funding decisions will be made by the end of March 2017.
• UWSM will notify each project team once funding decisions have been made
Who will distribute funds for each project approved for funding?
• UWSM will distribute funds in April 2017, after selected project teams have been approved
• A Funding Agreement must be signed by the Community Adviser and Project Team Leader to receive funds
What happens if I receive the grant but do not use all of the funds (i.e., if there is left over money from the grant after the project ends)?
• Unused funds must be returned to UWSM; we request that copies of all receipts be sent in upon final reporting
If you have more questions about our Youth United Grant Program please contact:
UWSM Associate Director, Community Impact
705-726-2301, ext. 2024