Youth-led community projects get the green light for Canada’s 150th

(OTTAWA, ON) August 12, 2016A range of projects led by and involving youth are getting the go ahead thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th – a national initiative that will support local projects which build community and encourage engagement in our sesquicentennial.

Youth-led activities and events, ranging from painted murals to musical celebrations to theatrical performances, are among those receiving funding from community foundations participating in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

Leading up to 2017, the Fund will provide thousands of small grants to local projects in every province and territory to engage the broadest possible array of Canadians with a particular focus on initiatives involving youth, Indigenous groups, official language minorities, and groups that reflect Canada’s cultural diversity.

The collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and matched by community foundations across the country, has already seen extraordinary interest since the first grant applications opened in April. More than 110 communities are already on board or set to announce calls for grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th throughout the fall

“As we mark International Youth Day today we have an opportunity to recognize the many contributions that young leaders are making to our communities,” said Laurel Carlton, Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance with Community Foundations of Canada. “Initiatives involving youth are central to the lasting pan-Canadian impact of the Fund and we’re excited to see such a diverse range of creative projects being led by young people in all parts of the country.”

Community foundations such as the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, Nanaimo Foundation, Edmonton Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, Huronia Community Foundation, and Community Foundation of Ottawa have already funded a wide range of projects led by or centred on engaging young people, including:

  • Mural Project for Canada’s 150th Celebrations: A community initiative led by Town of Canmore Arts and Events department that will engage young people from across the Bow Valley region in street art workshops and the creation of five painted murals to tell the story of the area’s history in consultation with Elders from Stoney Nakoda. (Banff, Canmore, Exshaw, Morley and Lake Louise, Alberta)
  • Ateliers de préparation à la représentation théâtrale The Théâtre la Catapulte will host workshops and training to support the involvement young francophones and francophiles’ in theatre arts in the Ottawa region. (Ottawa, Ontario))
  • The Nanaimo Five Acre Farm Project: An environmental project that will bring Nanaimo youth and community members together to learn agricultural skills from one another and restore an historic parcel of land to a working community farm space for all to enjoy. (Nanaimo, British Columbia)
  • This Land, Our Music – A Celebration of Canadian Music: A musical showcase of song and dance put on by 20 young performers from the Edmonton Musical Theatre to celebrate the legacy of great Canadian artists from Céline Dion to Gordon Lightfoot. (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Of Heart and History: A cultural community action program run by the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development in Halifax that will bring together diverse communities of youth to share their culture, history and identity. (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Founding Families of Huronia – A Pictorial Essay: A photo and storytelling preservation project led by local high school students in partnership with the Askennonia Senior Centre and Huronia Museum to connect youth and community elders. (Huronia, Ontario)

Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th through the community foundation that serves their area.

To learn more about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, including its funding priorities and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We’re a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities.

About Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations.


Community Fund for Canada’s 150th contact:

Laurel Carlton
Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 915-1637

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302


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