DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:00pm.
NOTE: Your project idea does not have to be perfect. It can be rough. You will be supported to further refine it throughout the program.
When you complete the form, you will be automatically signed up for ACII’s Ideation and Grant Writing Workshop taking place on Saturday, November 14 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
This workshop is MANDATORY as part of the Incubator program.
Keeping scrolling for more information about our program, eligibility requirements, our ResourceHub with sample project ideas, and Frequently Asked Questions.
Do you have an idea for a project in the Afghan community but need financial support? Are you an inspired 15-30 year old ready to take action?
AYEDI is partnering with TakingITGlobal’s RisingYouth Program to launch the first Afghan-focused community impact incubator of its kind in Canada. The Afghan Community Impact Incubator (ACII) powered by AYEDI x RisingYouth will provide Afghan youth-led participants with funding to achieve their ideas for Afghan community service projects in Canada.
Sign up today and be apart of ACII’s first cohort.
Successful participants will receive up to $1,500 each for their project
What You Get
A fast-paced 1 month program that offers you with access to:
Ideation and Project Design Advice
Grant Writing and Application Support
Project Launch and Follow Up
How to Apply
1. Sign up for our Information Session on Saturday, November 7
2. Sign up for the program by Friday, November 13 at 5:00pm – it takes 2 minutes!
3. Receive training and exposure to experts from RisingYouth during our mandatory Ideation and Grant Writing Workshop on Saturday, November 14, 2020
4. Submit your final grant applications by Saturday, November 28, 2020
5. Projects must be completed by February 28, 2021
– Any informal or formal group of more than 1 Afghan youth can apply. You do not have to be an official group or a registered not-for-profit. It could be just you and a friend!
– Permanent residents, Canadian citizens, and youth with refugee status can apply
– Projects must be initiated and led by Afghans aged 15-30 anywhere in Canada. People outside of this age range can be on your team, however the project lead who signs up must be a youth
– Projects should integrate outreach to newcomer and/or refugee Afghans where possible
2. Additional project ideas – For examples of virtual project ideas, click here – For safe in-person project ideas, click here
3. Sample budget template here. Please note: you are not required to submit a budget when you sign up.
4. Watch our Information Session on YouTube:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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 to Afghan Youth Change Makers.
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 our 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!
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? You can expect to receive your funding in mid/late December or in extenuating circumstances early January 2021, and must complete your project by February 28, 2021. What is AYEDI’s role in my project? AYEDI’s role is to support you with ideation, grant application, and project launch. We do not play a role in the logistics and nuances of implementing your project. After you receive your funding you must file a grant report within 30 days of project completion.
Where is this money coming from? This program is funded by the Government of Canada.
Is this grant money taxable? No. 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? People outside of the 15 to 30 age range can be involved with the project however the project lead who signs up must be a youth within 15-30 years old.
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 Afghan community issue.