Youth Engagement Projects (YEP) Grant
Great ideas can come from community members of all ages. Youth have a unique perspective and ideas for how to enhance the neighbourhoods they live in.
The Youth Engagement Projects Grant is a matching grant of up to $1,000 that empowers youth to engage in their community through projects and events. These projects and events are to enhance one or more drivers of neighbourhood/community attachment: inclusion, education, aesthetics, leadership, safety, offerings, or relationships. As youth work together on their proposed projects, this grant will create the opportunity for them to build relationships and leadership skills, develop a sense of belonging and have fun!
This grant stream supports youth ages 13-24 that have ideas to engage their community through matching funding, resource assistance, and staff mentorship/guidance. When a grant is approved, the applicants will work to coordinate and implement their project with support from City staff.
- Projects must enhance one of the following aspects of neighbourhood/community attachment: inclusion, education, aesthetics, leadership, safety, offerings, or relationships
- Projects must be accessible to the public
- Applicants must be between 13-24 years of age
- Grants are available to youth residing in Chilliwack and require a minimum of one youth within the community
- Applications require one adult sponsor aged 25 or older
- Applications must be submitted through our website at chilliwack.com/YouthGrant
- If you have any access needs or questions please contact us and we will be happy to provide additional support.
For more information about the YEP Grant, check out these Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the Recreation and Culture Department at 604.793.2904.
Potential project ideas are endless! We encourage all applicants to get creative and bring your own passion and flavour into your project or event. To get you started, here are just a few ideas that could be eligible for a YEP Grant:
- Community gardens
- Block parties
- Skill building workshops (e.g. cooking, knitting, gardening)
- Bicycle maintenance and/or registration
- Local environmental awareness and stewardship day
- Park or trail clean-up
- Inter-generational or inter-cultural projects/events
- Graffiti removal
- Neighbourhood tree planting
- Storm drain painting
Need help narrowing down your ideas? Contact the Recreation and Culture Department at 604.793.2904 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help!