Youth Endowment Saskatoon (YES)

Youth Granting for Youth.

Young people who care about their communities are increasingly getting involved in philanthropy.

By forming Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) within local community foundations, young people come together to raise money, build endowment funds and make grants to local youth projects. YACs are in their teens and twenties, with a lot of ideas and energy to bring to the table. There are already YACs in more than 55 communities across Canada, and the momentum is building.

In 2004, the Saskatoon Community Foundation launched its own Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Between 2004 and 2012, our YAC enhanced the quality of life for Saskatoon children and youth by disbursing grants from the Batting 1000 Endowment for Children and Youth, a fund created from gifts from many donors who wanted to see youth take a greater role in philanthropy in our community. Beginning in 2013, the Batting 1000 Endowment for Children and Youth was renamed Youth Endowment Saskatoon, and grants made from the fund are now known as YES!  Now, the YAC says YES! to projects for children and youth in Saskatoon. To make a donation to support Youth Endowment Saskatoon, visit the Youth Endowment Saskatoon fund page.

2021 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all of the organizations receiving 2021 Youth Endowment Saskatoon grants. They are:

Areas of Focus

The 2021 Youth Advisory Council invited applications for projects focusing on Sustainable and Safe Living.

Particular areas of interest included:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Racism/Belonging
  • Climate Change

“To see positive changes in these areas, we need youth empowerment and employment with special consideration given to access to services and mentorship. Decisions about youth should be made alongside youth. Programs that employ and/or empower youth (for example, through mentorship) will be favoured in this year’s grant application cycle.”

2021 Youth Advisory Council

All applications will be reviewed by the Youth Advisory Committee. The YAC will recommend grants for approval by the Saskatoon Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Important dates

Applications open Feb 1st and close March 1st at 5:00 pm.