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Who can apply for grants through the Youth Creativity Fund?
Applications are open to youth attending school in Waterloo Region in grades 5-12. Youth who are under 18 also require a project advisor who can supervise their project and receive the grant on their behalf.
How are applications evaluated?
Applications are reviewed by our Program Committee. Our goal is to say yes to all projects that meet this criteria: A) Projects have the primary goal of solving a problem and learning from the experience rather than personal monetary gain; B) Projects are socially and environmentally responsible: we have a responsibility not to fund ideas that will create environmental or physical harm, or which discriminate against people based on who they are, what they look like, or where they were born; C) Projects follow current public health guidelines
How much money can we apply for?
Individual applicants can request up to $500.
A group of students can apply for up to $1000.
Is there a limit to the amount of funds you give out each month?
There is no monthly limit. As long as funds are available, our goal is to say yes to all applications that meet our criteria.
How do we apply?
When applications are open, you can access our online application form. Answer a few questions about who you are and what you want to do, and then you’ll be asked to book a quick chat on the phone with us to make any clarifications before our Program Committee considers the applications.
What tips do you have to make our application as strong as possible?
Simply be yourself. We aren’t looking for professional pitches or faultless ideas. We just want to understand who you are, your idea, and why it’s important to you.
Is there an application deadline?
Our Program Committee meets on a monthly basis to review applications received by the end of each month.
What happens after I submit an application?
You’ll receive an email asking you to book a quick call with us to review your application, using an online calendar. Your idea will be reviewed by our Program Committee within the first two weeks after the month it was received, and you should expect a response by the 15th of the month.
How many times can we apply?
If your application isn’t accepted, we’ll give you feedback so you can apply again at any time. If your application is approved, you can re-apply again in the future once you have completed your report. This policy may be subject to change to ensure participation is available to a wide audience.


How is this program funded?
The Youth Creativity Fund is made possible through donations from people and organizations who want to encourage creativity among the next generation of young people in Waterloo Region. Check out our Supporters page for more details.
Can you issue tax receipts for donations?
The Youth Creativity Fund is a shared initiative of BEP Waterloo Region and the Creative Capital Of Canada (CCOC) movement. As a registered charity (#861228849RR0001), BEP Waterloo Region can issue tax receipts for donations made towards this program.

“ Imagine a future in which our children, supported and mentored here in Waterloo Region, can creatively change the world without having to leave home.”