Eligible Areas

District of Muskoka: Bracebridge, Township of Georgian Bay, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Lake of Bays, Township of Muskoka Lakes

Orillia & Area: Orillia, Township of Oro-Medonte, Township of Ramara, Township of Severn

North Simcoe: Midland, Penetanguishene, Township of Tay, Township of Tiny

Barrie & Area: Barrie, Innisfil, Township of Springwater

South Georgian Bay: Collingwood, Township of Clearview, Wasaga Beach, Town of Blue Mountains

South Simcoe: Township of Adjala-Tosrontio, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Township of Essa, New Tecumseth

United Way Simcoe Muskoka’s Youth United is an entirely youth-driven program for youth ages 15-30 that provides one-time micro-grants to help support youth-led projects in the County of Simcoe, the District of Muskoka or the Town of the Blue Mountains. 

This year, our Youth United program is funded by Canada Service Corps (CSC). A funding pot of $105,000 is available to provide youth with micro-grants up to $5,000 each to support small-scale innovative youth-led community service projects.

Applications for 2024 projects are now closed. We thank everyone who submitted an application.

2024 Projects

This year’s youth-led projects in partnership with 19 community partners are mobilizing collective action in our communities by addressing poverty reduction and social inclusion,  reconciliation, the need to preserve the environment, strengthening youth resilience and building an inclusive community.

Lunchtime ‘Brawta’organized by the Nantyr Black Students & Allyship Association will offer workshops conducted by knowledge sharing mentors to students covering topics such as financial literacy, overcoming adversity, and cultural appropriation versus appreciation.

MYVoice will establish a youth mental health advisory committee to provide a platform where youth can grow, heal, and have a safe place where they feel that their voice is being heard.

The Presenter Series in partnership with the Barrie Public Library will cover a range of topics including environmentalism, confidence, diversity, and belonging.

Youth Essentials will provide supply bags containing essentials such as bus passes and travel-sized hand sanitizers for youth who are currently utilizing the shelter system.

In partnership with the Creemore Food Bank a fully insulated and heated storage shed will be built to significantly increase the amount of storage available to the organization.

Club Alliance, working with the Gilbert Centre, will create information toolkits for francophone LGBTQIA youth peers.

Bridging the Path to a Brighter Future will communicate with local partners on Christian Island to establish the needs and to reach out to local businesses to source discounted items for three categories: medical supplies, school supplies and healthy living items while ensuring designated items reach their intended destination.

Forget Me Not will engage bereaved youth in Muskoka to develop coping skills, improve their grief literacy, and access peer support utilizing mediums including writing, conversation, art, and music.

Special Olympics: Fueling Success through Nutritional Programming will offer healthy lifestyle and nutritional education to athletes through offering workshops, supplying gift bags with healthy snacks, and helping athletes access competitions.

The Barrie Food Pantry will place wooden food pantries stocked with donations in public locations where they can be accessed 24/7.

After School Art Program will encourage youth to build resiliency and learn visual art skills while offering the opportunity to discuss topics such as healthy relationships, managing stress, body image, feminism, colonialism, gender stereotypes, and the Indigenous perspective on the importance of land.

Indoor Ice Jam will host an indoor skating event that will provide youth with physical activity while also learning about the benefits of competitive kayak and canoe activities.

The Youth March Break project will offer Indigenous (First Nation, Metis, Inuit), LGBTQ+, and disabled youth engaging land-based activities and day trips while providing a culturally enriching experience.

Free Workshops For Youth in Low-Income Communities will offer a series of training and professional development courses including, First Aid CPR, High Five, and Food Handlers.

Furnish Futures will divert furniture from landfills while allowing youth participation in furniture upcycling workshops. The refinished furniture will be available to students and vulnerable families.

Mental Health & Afghan Community will develop culturally tailored educational materials and resources for mental health workshops, ensuring they are accessible and relatable to the Afghan community.

The Youth Advisory Council supporting YouthCALL will host a community event to support the launch of an outreach van program.

Peaceful Pages Mental Health Day will host a mental health awareness day to support youth who are struggling.

We Are The Villagers a charity that creates opportunity and inclusion for disadvantaged children and youth to participate in extracurricular activities, will upgrade their float used for parades. Youth will have the opportunity to express their creativity while giving back to the community.

CCI Pickle Bowl Invitational will serve as a comprehensive platform for high school students, providing avenues for competitive engagement, collaborative teamwork, structured training, social interaction, and physical activity.

Youth United is funded in part by Canada Service Corps, a national movement that empowers youth aged 15–30 to gain experience and build important skills while giving back to their community. Learn more at

Youth Council

Youth United projects aren’t just run by youth; they’re approved by them, too!

The Youth Council is a group of young leaders who work together to vet the project applications. The Council, aged 15-30, are a crucial part of the decision-making process. They review the grant applications, make suggestions and ask questions about the programs, and ultimately submit their recommendations to our Community Investment and Engagement Standing Committee.

Being a part of the Youth Council is a rewarding way to get invaluable experience, complete volunteer hours and create positive change in Simcoe Muskoka.

Applications for the Youth Council are now closed. Check back in the fall for opportunities to volunteer with the Youth Council!

Past Recipients

Diversity Week

An interactive week that encouraged Collingwood Collegiate Institute students to celebrate diversity in fun ways. The goal was to reduce stigma, encourage students to be more open and accepting and allow students to learn more about all of he different facets that make everyone unique.

Nighthawks Lunch Program

Created by students at Orillia Secondary School in order to reduce hunger in surrounding elementary schools, the Nighthawks program was able to provide a healthy lunch to 72 students each week. The lunches were prepared after school one day a week and delivered to two elementary schools to be served the next day. The project ensured that kids get the nutrition they need to succeed in school and be their best.

Youth Drop-In Design Advisory Team

A creative youth team gathered together to plan and a design a youth-dedicated programming space within the Community Health Hub in downtown Midland. The goal was to have a space that local youth will truly want to hang out in.