Codiac Youth and Family Well-Being Grant Program
The Codiac Region, which includes Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview, supported by Public Safety Canada funding, is embarking on a comprehensive initiative to enhance the well-being of youth and families within our community.
The Codiac Youth and Family Well-Being Grant Program offers grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 for projects executed between Jan. 1, 2024, and March 31, 2024. These grants will empower local organizations to address immediate needs and lay the groundwork for longer-term interventions.
This grant program can be considered a standalone opportunity and is a precursor to a more comprehensive funding program. However, receiving funding through this short-term grant program does not guarantee subsequent funding in the larger, integrated program. This approach allows for immediate, high-impact interventions, while also laying the groundwork for potential future involvement in the broader youth and family support initiatives within the region.
The Codiac Youth and Family Well-Being Grant Program, underpinned by Public Safety Canada's Building Safer Communities initiative, is focused on youth gang and violence prevention. Recognizing the complex web of factors contributing to these issues, our program extends funding to a wide range of community needs that are interconnected with youth gang involvement and potential violence.
Through extensive consultations with community partners and thorough research, we have identified specific risk factors relevant to our community's context. These include, but are not limited to, the vulnerability to criminal exploitation and the risk of organized crime.
While our funding aims to tackle these deep-rooted challenges, we encourage applicants to approach these issues with a broader perspective, focusing on enhancing family and youth well-being and resilience. This approach allows for a more comprehensive impact beyond the direct concerns of gang-related activities.
Please note, the funding provided is intended primarily for preventative measures and upstream interventions. Enforcement-related activities or programs focused on gang exits are not eligible. This strategic decision aligns with our region’s focus on younger demographics, aiming to address issues before they escalate into more serious challenges.
- To support youth facing challenges such as housing instability, substance abuse, mental health issues, and educational barriers.
- To assist families affected by conflict, disconnection, and socioeconomic deprivation.
- To encourage interventions that foster resilience and offer targeted support for individual and family-level well-being.
Applicants may choose to focus their proposals on one or more of the identified risk factors, which have been categorized into groups: individual, family, and equity. It is not mandatory to address all risk factors within a chosen group or to cover each group in your application.
Individual Factors for Youth
- Housing instability
- Substance use and early onset of substance use
- Unmet mental health needs
- School disengagement and/or learning difficulties
- Experiences of racism and discrimination
- Lack of positive adult role models
- Antisocial behaviour
- Violent victimization
Family and Economic Factors
- Family conflict and/or violence
- Family disconnection
- Parental substance use
- Lack of adult and parental role models
- Family criminality or vulnerability to criminal exploitation
- Economic exclusion and deprivation
Equity and Inclusion
Grants that demonstrate a response to the needs of one or more of the following groups will be considered favourably:
- Newcomer and Immigrant Families: Initiatives explicitly addressing the unique challenges and integration needs of newcomer and immigrant families in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.
- Indigenous Youth: Proposals that focus on supporting Indigenous youth, acknowledging and addressing their specific cultural, social, and community needs.
- 2SLGBTQI+ Individuals: Initiatives that cater to the needs of 2SLGBTQI+ youth and families, ensuring inclusivity, support, and understanding of their experiences.
- Rural Communities: Proposals that recognize and address the challenges faced by youth and families in rural areas within Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.
- Proposals must address the needs within the Codiac Region, encompassing Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.
- While initiatives may prioritize certain areas based on need, they should demonstrate a strategy to impact the broader region.
Target Age Demographics
- Initiatives should primarily focus on youth aged 10-13 and/or 14-19.
- Proposals should specify their chosen age range and justify the focus, ensuring that strategies are age-appropriate and relevant.
Eligibility and Restrictions
- Organizations with the capability to fully expend funds by March 31, 2024.
- Proposals from entities addressing the specified risk factors for youth and family well-being.
Eligible Use of Funds
The grant funds are dedicated to the following eligible expenditures to support the objectives of the program:
- Salaries, wages, and benefits for project-related personnel.
- Professional services, including consultancy and specialist training.
- Recruitment and training expenses to enhance project implementation.
- Costs associated with conference and meeting room rentals for project activities.
- Necessary travel for project execution.
- Office equipment, supplies, materials, and software.
- Translation and interpretation services to ensure program accessibility.
- Costs for meals and refreshments for participants in project activities.
- Honoraria for guest speakers or facilitators.
- Expenses related to culturally appropriate programming.
- The grant must not replace existing federal or provincial funding.
- Grants cannot be used to fund gift cards.
- Capital expenditures are not eligible.
- It cannot be used for ongoing core activities, but should support new or expanded initiatives.