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YMCA Social Innovation Project

What is Social Innovation?

In order to solve some of society’s biggest issues we need to come up with new ideas that allow people and organizations from multiple sectors to work together.  Through Social Innovation we can build imaginative solutions that bring people and organizations from across sectors together.

The YMCA Social Innovation Project, created in 2018 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the YMCA Peace Medallion in Oakville, aims to inspire youth (ages 13 to 24) and support their desire to build creative solutions and respond to complex social issues in their community.

The project is intended to extend the conversation started by the YMCA during Peace Week. During Peace Week each year, we talk about building and rebuilding conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity in our communities.

This is an opportunity for you, to turn your passion for social change into a real, actionable project.

YMCA Social Innovation Project
Grant Application

In order to solve some of society’s biggest issues we need to come up with new ideas that allow people and organizations from multiple sectors to work together. Through Social Innovation we can build imaginative solutions that bring people and organizations from across sectors together.

At the YMCA we have always been dedicated to finding ways to meet the needs of people in our communities. Our mission to strengthen communities in spirit, mind and body has always allowed us to develop programs and services that are innovative, creative and solve identified issues across Halton.

The YMCA Social Innovation Project will help youth between the ages of 13-24 years old understand the real and complex social issues in their community and provide them with the funds needed to build creative solutions to those issues.

We invite you to apply for funding to help you activate your social innovation idea, submission deadline is October 29th. Applications will be reviewed, and a short list of applicants will be selected to pitch their project to a panel of community experts on November 11th. There will be 4 project winners selected to receive funding at that time. Successful candidates will have the ongoing support of project mentors who will help them develop business plans and manage their budgets and will be able to use YMCA connections to open doors to collaborative partners and stakeholders.

Apply Now!

Deadline is October 29, 2019.