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Apply now for Youth in Action grants

April 21, 2010

MISSISSAUGA —Youth in Peel with a passion for making a difference in our community can now apply for funding to help turn their dreams into reality. Through the Youth in Action grants program, offered jointly for the second year by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel, funding of up to $2,000 each is available for youth-led projects. Individuals or groups of young people between the ages of 14 and 24 are encouraged to apply. A total of $20,000 is available.

“We encourage projects that support youth in becoming more involved in their community, empower youth leadership within neighbourhoods, and raise awareness about local issues,” says Nicole Dupuis, United Way’s Volunteer and Youth Engagement Associate. “By leading and implementing their own community projects, youth are empowered as emerging community leaders.”

To receive a grant, applicants must work with an eligible sponsoring organization. The sponsoring organization must be a registered charity based in or operating in Peel. Examples of potential sponsoring organizations include non-profit organizations and schools.

Projects eligible for funding include youth-led and organized community events, awareness campaigns and youth leadership skill development opportunities. All projects should have a positive impact on local residents and neighbourhoods, improving the quality of community life.

The deadline for all applications is Monday, June 7th, 2010.

Information sessions will be held in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon during May. To obtain funding guidelines or to receive an application package, interested youth can contact Nicole Dupuis at 905-602-3622 or ndupuis@unitedwaypeel.org. The guidelines are also available at www.unitedwaypeel.org.

Youth in Action grants are an initiative by United Way’s Young Leaders Council, a group of volunteers aged 20 to 35 who are dedicated to creating a legacy of spirited giving and volunteerism within our community.

About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region serves the communities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Through its Community Fund, United Way invests in services, programs and initiatives that develop resilient people, grow strong families, and build vibrant neighbourhoods and communities. The mission of United Way of Peel Region is to engage with our community, through partnerships, to ensure people are cared for, connected and included.

Media Contact:
Liz Leake
Communications and Marketing Director
905-602-3624 lleake@unitedwaypeel.org

Information Contact:
Nicole Dupuis
Volunteer and Youth Engagement Associate
905-602-3622 ndupuis@unitedwaypeel.org