The Identify 'N Impact Investment Fund aims to support and encourage the valuable contributions young people make to their communities. The INI Fund helps youth turn IDEAS into ACTION.
Investment Funding Programs
MVP youth definition: TYES recognizes that there are various and intersecting factors that affect youth's resilience and vulnerability to involvement in serious violence and crime. The term MVP youth (Most Vulnerable People) is used to describe youth who face multiple and/or intersecting vulnerabilities identified in the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services' Roots of Youth Violence report. These roots include: Poverty, Racism, Community Design, Issues in the Education System, Family Issues, Health/Mental Health, Lack of Economic Opportunity and Issues In the Justice System. Through the City's work on gender based youth violence, Ability, Homophobia & Transphobia have been added as roots of youth vulnerability.'
The City of Toronto will support projects that:
• Work to advance issues outlined in the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy including: educational attainment, employment, housing, youth justice, mental health, life skills,mentorship and/or gender-based youth violence.
• Show that youth are the leaders in the project planning, management and delivery
• Involve youth from and/or based in one of the City's 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas(formerly Priority Neighbourhoods)
• Are led by or work with MVP youth
• Are youth-led by groups that did not receive 2016 INI funding (Youth-led groups that received an INI grant last year are not eligible for INI funding this year)
Feel free to share information about the INI Grant by circulating this INI 2017 promo flyer to any Toronto youth groups interested in learning more!
The INI 2017 online written application DEADLINE is extended to July 21, 2017.