Youth Justice Fund: Guns, Gangs and Drugs

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Today, I want to let you know that the Youth Justice Fund still has funding available under the Guns, Gangs and Drugs component.  This funding is intended to respond to youth involved in the  justice system and involved in, or vulnerable to, gun, gang and drug  activities. It promotes the provision of community-based educational, cultural,  sporting and vocational opportunities to these youth to allow them to make  “smart choices” and resist gang involvement or exit gangs.

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. 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, funding is based on  the availability of funds and current priorities. Not all eligible projects can  be funded.  Youth Justice  cannot provide operational costs to sustain existing programs.  The Fund does not support projects  focusing on youth who are “at risk of” becoming involved in the criminal  justice system.

Eligible applicants include:

  • 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.

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