The Muskoka Community Foundation (MCF) has announced two granting opportunities available through the foundation this summer with the goal of funding youth-led projects as well as projects that support mental health and wellness in Muskoka.
The foundation is offering grants through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge and the Smart and Caring Muskoka Fund. Through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, the foundation is making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities. Applications for the RBC challenge are being accepted until Sept. 18.
“This is incredibly exciting opportunity for youth in Muskoka,” said Lynn DeCaro, executive director of the foundation. “Youth are facing pressures on many fronts, and so are our communities but we know that youth in Muskoka are passionate about making a difference. We are pleased to partner with the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge to be part of creative solutions that enhance equity and sustainability that help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”
The Smart and Caring Muskoka Fund is a community fund that was created by MCF in November 2012 in response to Governor General David C. Johnston’s challenge to Canadians to come together and build a smarter, more caring nation. This year, the focus for the Smart and Caring Muskoka Fund will be projects that support mental health and wellness. Applications are being accepted from July 8 to Aug. 16.
“Each year we have a theme that speaks to the needs of the community,” DeCaro said. “Increasingly, we are hearing about the needs for supports in the area of mental health and wellness in Muskoka. We know that so much work is already being done in this area and we are happy to lend a helping hand with grants up to $5,000.”
To learn more about the granting opportunities, DeCaro encourages local charities to contact the Muskoka Community Foundation at 705-646-1220 or visit the Muskoka Community Foundation website.