The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen (CFSOS) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge and granting up to $30,000 for youth-led projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities. (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Up to $30,000 available for South Okanagan-Similkameen youth led projects

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge/Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen join forces

Up to $30,000 will be available for granting to youth-led projects in the South Okanagan Similkameen.

Joining forces with the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen (CFSOS) will be looking for projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities.

“This is incredibly exciting,” said Sarah Trudeau, manager of grants and community initiatives, Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, in a news release. “Youth are facing pressures on many fronts, and so are our communities. We want to be part of creative solutions that enhance equity, sustainability and fairness that help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”

READ MORE: Five youth-led “positive change” projects in the Okanagan receive funding

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth and organizations to co-apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities — all things that will help them prepare for the future of work.

Youth and organizations are invited to team up to submit an application to the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge. All eligible applications will be submitted by a partnership between youth, aged 15 to 29, and a local registered charity. Projects may focus on a wide diversity of local priorities, which could include; the environment, wellness, food security, inclusion, employment, belonging, learning, reconciliation and restoration, health or other community priorities.

“We want to see your most innovative ideas of how you envision your community,” said Trudeau. “The community challenge is the perfect example of how we want to continue to engage with our youth to see and experience their great ideas in action.”

Grant applications will be accepted between May 22 and Sept. 18. Contact CFSOS for more information on how to apply, or visit

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