What is the CREation Community Grants Program?
The CREation Community Grants Program was started in March 2020 in response to a need for community funding during COVID. During that first initiative, we mobilized over $300,000 in funding to youth-focused projects and initiatives taking place across Canada.
Since then, CREation has grown into a full funding program that runs over 10 intakes each year and provides funding of between $2,500-$80,000 to Indigenous youth-led projects and initiatives. Our priority is to support projects that center Indigenous youth in meaningful project leadership roles and focus on promoting wellness for Indigenous youth and their communities.
Youth project leaders
To provide low-barrier funding opportunities to grassroots and community initiatives that address emerging needs and respect the autonomy of communities to self-determine their priorities.
A future where Indigenous youth-led organizations and grassroots groups have access to the skills and resources to provide youth-focused programs and initiatives and are empowered to take ownership over the wellness of their communities.
CREation prioritizes funding for grassroots groups and collectives but also supports youth-led initiatives from incorporated organizations. We focus on providing supports in diverse communities and working to ensure equal access to funding for communities that need funding support the most. (See plant graphic on right)
- Prioritize funding for groups that face barriers in accessing mainstream funding opportunities (i.e. grassroots groups)
- Support rising youth voices and meaningful youth engagement
- Enhance youth capacity in program delivery and implementation
- Support long-term sustainability of youth initiatives
- Develop best practices for Indigenous funding models that are rooted and responsive to community needs
Connections & teachings to last a lifetime
Youth & Community members engaged
Accessible funding coast to coast to coast
Since 2020, CREation has funded projects in all 13 provinces & territories. Hover over an area to see how many projects were funded and click on a circle to check out the featured project!
100% Indigenous youth-led
CREation is led by a 15-member Advisory Circle made up of Indigenous youth. Members of this circle provide guidance on policies, practices, strategic direction and the implementation of the granting program.
All funding decisions are made by Community Review Circles. These circles are made up of Advisory Circle Members, other Indigenous youth and community members.