Canada Life Youth United accepting grant applications

Header image for the article Canada Life Youth United accepting grant applications Credit: PROVIDED BY MISHAIL BHATIA
Canada Life Youth United wants groups of young people to apply for grants to make a difference in their community.

Canada Life Youth United, part of United Way Elgin Middlesex, is encouraging youth to make a difference in their community.

Interrobang received an email describing the Canada Life Youth United’s grant opportunities for youth-initiated and youth-led volunteer teams with members between the ages of 13 to 24. The teams must create an action plan to address local issues such as poverty to receive up to $1,000 in grant funding.

“If you have a project idea that essentially touches on a local social issue, that would be key and it should also align with the United Way's three impact areas,” said Mishail Bhatia, a member of the Canada Life Youth United Council. “Essentially, the impact areas are helping kids be all that they can be, healthy people, strong communities, and then from poverty to possibility.”

Silence is not consent. Beckett Persoal Injury Lawyers

Bhatia, a Western University alumna, joined the Canada Life Youth United Council in September 2019 because she loves public health and community health initiatives and wanted to see how United Way gives back.

The Canada Life Youth United Council looks through grant applications and decides which ones receive the funding. Canada Life provides $10,000 worth of grants each year. Five grants are given out in each of the two cycles, one in the fall and one in the spring.

“It's just a great way to give back to the community because there is so many issues in our local community.”

Grant applications are due on March 6.

More information can be found on unitedwayem.ca/canadalifeyouthunited