Youth United Grant Program

How would YOU make your community
a better place?


Please note: the application deadline has been extended to March 28, 2018.

Do you have an idea to create positive change in your community, but require funding to make it happen?

UWSM is providing one-time grants of up to $2,500 to help support youth-led projects in Simcoe County, District of Muskoka and/or the Town of Blue Mountains.

Our youth leadership projects require groups of up to 6 imaginative youth, aged 14 to 24, to not only come up with original projects to help our community, but also be the ones who drive them to success. To be a successful candidate for our grant, your youth-group is required to team up with a local Community Partner (registered charity) that will support your group throughout the process.

Once you decide how you would like to help your community, pitch us your idea!

Click here to download our Youth United grant application.

  • Grant application available: February 1, 2018
  • Application deadline: March 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm (EXTENDED!)
  • Application interviews, as determined, by review panel: Early April 2018
  • Applicants advised of funding decision: Mid-April
  • Funding issued to Community Agency Partners (registered charity): End of April
  • Projects to run any time between May 1 to December 15, 2018
  • Final Reports Due: 4 weeks after project completion, by January 31, 2019 latest

You can look through Youth United Frequently Asked Questions here.



Do you possess a desire to lead change in your community? Do you work well in a team? Are you able to meet deadlines and schedules? United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) is looking for youth leaders in our community to be a part of our Youth Council.

Our council is comprised of a group of resilient youth aged 14-24 that will review Youth United grant applications and participate in the decision-making process. Being a part of the Youth Council is a great way to complete your volunteer hours, gain invaluable experience and create positive change in your community.

Thank you to all Youth Council applicants. We now have our 2018 Youth Council – welcome!

  • Volunteer training & orientation: February (Applicants will be contacted directly)
  • Council assessment & review of applications: March 20th to April 6th
  • Allocations & funding recommendations: Mid-April

Youth Grants | Past Recipients

Fitness for Health
Barrie Community Health Centre

A six-week program run at the Allandale Recreation Centre for transitional-aged youth to promote healthy living and increase commitment to regular physical activity.

Sports Unlimited
Youth Haven + Community Wholeness Centre

A free drop-in sports night program for Grades 6 to 8 at the Wellness Centre to help youth make healthy choices and learn positive life skills.

Youth Food Justice Program
Simcoe Alternative Secondary School (SCDSB) + Farm To Table

A program that provided Collingwood youth an opportunity to go to a lunch or dinner, to have access to healthy and affordable local food, and to learn valuable food skills.

Community + Client Lunch
Lighthouse Soup Kitchen + Shelter

Monthly community lunches for clients, volunteers and local community members to create a family-friendly event, show what The Lighthouse does in the community and offer shared nutritious meals.

Special Olympics Volunteer Recruitment
Special Olympics w. Eastview Secondary School (SCDSB) + St. Joseph’s High School (SMCSB)

Outreach at area high schools to recruit new youth volunteers and build capacity for Special Olympics.

SANE Children’s Mental Health Day (Students Advocating Non Violence Everywhere)
Collingwood Collegiate Institute (SCDSB) + local elementary schools

A Children’s Mental Health Day was organized for Grade 8 students to learn more about mental health, how to support each other, and the importance of nutrition and healthy habits.

Entrepreneurial Adventure
Georgian Bay District Secondary School (SCDSB)

GBDSS business students partnered with local businesses to sell chocolates featuring statistics and stories to increase awareness of youth mental health needs and services in North Simcoe.

Youth United is proudly supported by RBC Future Launch