It is a pairing that will benefit youth in Muskoka.

A partnership between the Muskoka Community Foundation and RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is bringing much-needed money to youth-led projects. Up to $15,000 will be donated to help deliver these projects.

It is a much-needed initiative says Executive Director for the MCF Lynn DeCaro.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for youth in Muskoka. Youth are facing pressures on many fronts, and so are our communities but we know that youth in Muskoka are passionate about making a difference,” she says. “We are pleased to partner with the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge to be part of creative solutions that enhance equity and sustainability that help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities.

Within the programs, youth get a chance to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities. While Muskoka is benefiting from the Community Challenge, up to 150 communities across the country will also participate.

“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, senior director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada while building the 21st-century skills needed to prepare for the future of work.”

CEO of the CFC Andrew Chunilall recognizes the opportunity local youth can have to benefit from the program.

“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world. Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives such as global student marches against climate change,” he said. “The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands further, by bringing them to the decision-making table where they can lead in developing solutions for the future.”

Grant applications will be accepted between May 22 and September 18, 2019. Contact the Muskoka Community Foundation for more information on how to apply, or visit http://muskokacommunityfoundation.ca/

The Muskoka Community Foundation is one of 191 Community Foundations in Canada administering over $1 million in endowed and other assets. Since it was founded in 2007, the Muskoka Community Foundation has granted over $480,000 directly to a variety of registered charities throughout Muskoka.