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Grants to support community projects, youth

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:06 PDT, Mon June 29, 2020

A new $5 million program encourages youth to engage with community service projects to “build back better” from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communities around BC—including local governments, non-profit community and environmental organizations, employer associations, chambers of commerce and Indigenous communities—can apply to fund a community service project of their choice.

Projects can include trail building, beach clean-up, upgrading parks or working for a local charity. Unemployed young people who are between 15 and 29 can benefit from the program.

“We recognize that COVID-19 continues to dramatically impact young people’s prospects for work, which they typically use to leverage future job prospects or to pay for their education or training,” said Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training. “Now, more than ever, young people are looking for ways to support themselves, while giving back to their communities. Engaging in safe, physically distanced local projects is an incredible opportunity for young people to acquire new skills, earn money and contribute to building back an even better BC.”  

Applicants can receive grants of up to $10,000 per youth for projects running up to 16 weeks. The youth then receive a training stipend of up to $2,000 per four-week period (to a maximum of $8,000) for work between June and Oct. 31.

Participants can also receive wraparound supports like bus passes, child care, work boots and personal protective equipment for the work, which will incorporate physical distancing and include no more than 10 youth per project.

It is anticipated that up to 500 youth and more than 50 communities in BC could benefit from the grant. 

To learn more about the project, click here.

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