Feature Funder: Youth Justice Fund

Youth Justice accepts applications year-roundGood day, Funds Fans!  For those of you interested in our Youth Justice system, please have a look at this Feature Funder.

The Youth Justice Fund provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. Projects must meet at least one of the following objectives:

Establish special measures for violent young offenders;

Improve the system’s ability to rehabilitate and reintegrate young offenders;

Increase the use of measures, outside the formal court process, that are often more effective in addressing some types of less serious offending;

Establish a more targeted approach to the use of custody for young people; and

Increase the use of community-based sentences for less serious offending.

The Fund supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of pilot projects that provide programming and services for youth in conflict with the law. It supports professional development activities, such as training and conferences, for justice professionals and youth service providers. Additionally, it funds research on the youth justice system and related issues.

Projects must target youth who are between the ages of 12 and 17 and currently in conflict with the law, or justice professionals and/or service providers who work with these youth. Please note that the Fund cannot support projects focusing on youth who are “at risk of” becoming involved in the criminal justice system, but not actually involved.

Funding flows through three components: the Youth Justice Main Fund, Drug Treatment and Guns, Gangs and Drugs. Funding priorities within the Main Fund are determined annually; priority target groups or activities may also be set within the Drug Treatment and Guns, Gangs and Drugs components. All projects must meet one of the Fund’s identified priorities.

Applications for funding are normally received and evaluated on an ongoing basis. The Fund also periodically issues Calls for Proposals for projects that address emerging issues or specific priorities.

The Fund generally supports projects for no more than $500,000, for a period of up to three years. The funding amount is determined by assessing the individual project proposal.  Please note that the Youth Justice fund cannot provide operational costs to sustain existing programs.

Any of the following may be eligible for funding:

  • Non-profit community organizations, societies, and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose;
  • Canadian institutions/boards of education;
  • Bands, First Nations, Tribal Councils, local, regional and national Aboriginal organizations;
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments and their agencies and institutions;
  • Private sector organizations as long as such organizations will not make a profit on the work performed;
  • For-profit enterprises, research/evaluation organizations and individuals are eligible for funding to conduct research and evaluation activities; and,
  • Individuals.

Stay tuned!  We’ll have a list of Ontario specific funders soon as well as a December 2012 Deadline Alert.

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