Frequently Asked Questions

We held an Instagram Live on July 15 to answer your questions! The recording is on IG here.

What is #RisingYouth?

#RisingYouth is a program led by TakingITGlobal to help youth build Canada and develop life skills by giving back to their communities. AYEDI is partnered with RisingYouth to offer funding and support to Afghan youth.

What is the AYEDI x #RisingYouth Partnership?

#RisingYouth has partnered with AYEDI in order to encourage and prioritize applications from the Afghan-Canadian diaspora, particularly projects that are led by and/or support newcomer, refugee, and LGBTQ youth, as well as persons with disabilities. By applying for the #RisingYouth grant through AYEDI’s unique referral link (which will be provided to those who sign up), #RisingYouth will identify you as an AYEDI-referred applicant.

What are the criteria to apply for the funding?

The funding program is available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people who have been granted refugee status in Canada. In the context of the program, “youth” refers to individuals who are between the ages of 15 to 30 years old during the year of their participation in the program. Please see the #RisingYouth application checklist for full eligibility requirements.

Is this only for Toronto or GTA Afghan folks?

No! Afghans from anywhere in Canada can apply, and we encourage you to do so!

What is AYEDI’s role in my project?

AYEDI’s role is to support you with ideation, grant application, and project launch. This year AYEDI will also provide participants with a one-day training summit in September with various workshops, networking events throughout the program, invitation to join the ACIInet, a community organizers database, a chance to feature on our blog and many other invite-only opportunities. AYEDI does not play a role in implementing your project.

Can I apply as an organization?

The program is designed for individuals or a group of youth in Canada with the goal of involving and activating youth through a service initiative. Organizations can support youth-initiated and youth-led projects, but organizations themselves are not eligible to receive funding.

When will I receive the grant funding?

Selected ChangeMakers are encouraged to submit their final grant applications by September 30, 2021 however, the final deadline is November 30, 2021. The turnaround time is up to 30 days.

Where is this money coming from? Is this grant money taxable?

This program is funded by the Government of Canada.

No, the grant money is not taxable. As grants are only reimbursing you for expenses incurred in conducting your voluntary service activity and none of the funds are being paid to you personally, these grants are not considered taxable income as long as your reporting is completed and receipts for expenses are submitted.

I am 31 years old. Can I apply?

Only groups or collectives with a majority of members aged 15 to 30 years old can apply. The group can include people outside of this age range; however, project leads must be within the 15 to 30 range. We encourage you to find and work with Afghan youth to lead the project.

Does my project have to be focused on youth issues?

No. While your team must consist primarily of youth aged 15 to 30 years old, your community service project itself can address any issue in your community.

When can I start my project?

Your project must start and finish within 3 months of your grant approval. The absolute latest you can finish your project is February 28, 2022. 

What happens after I complete my project?

A mandatory project report is to be submitted within 30 days of completing your project. For your report, you need to submit photos of your project activity and receipts for purchases made. You can either complete your report online here, or try #RisingYouth’s easy-to-use mobile app to complete your report along the way.

Additional FAQs can be found on the #RisingYouth website here.