Youth ages 15 to 29 can apply for funding from the Osprey Community Foundation to support projects. Photo submitted

Grants available for West Kootenay youth-led projects

Up to $15,000 available in Nelson and area


There’s money in these hills! Osprey Community Foundation, with support from the RBC Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada, is making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects in Nelson and area, and $5,000 for projects in each of North Kootenay Lake, Slocan Valley and Salmo Valley.

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth (aged 15 to 29) to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. Depending upon project location, applicants will apply through either Osprey Community Foundation, Slocan Valley Legacy Society, Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake or the Salmo Valley Fund. For application guidelines and information about how to apply in your community, visit

“We’re challenging youth from all over the West Kootenay to consider some of the pressing issues facing our communities today,” says Tina Choi, executive director of Osprey. “Now consider what you could do to address these issues if you had $5,000 to $15,000 to spend. You can make a difference and we’re thrilled to have the funds to help you turn your ideas into action. Start talking, start planning.” The application deadline is Sept. 18.

“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada.

“Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives such as global student marches against climate change. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands further, by bringing them to the decision-making table where they can lead in developing solutions for the future.”

“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, senior director, youth strategy and innovation with RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada while building the 21st century skills needed to prepare for the future of work.”

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