RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

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Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation joins national community challenge and will distribute $30,000 to bold youth-led initiatives focused on addressing local needs

(Kitchener, Ontario) May 22, 2019

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge making up to $30,000 available to youth-led projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities in Kitchener, Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot or Woolwich. This initiative is possible through a $15,000 grant provided by the RBC Foundation that is being matched by KWCF. 

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities -- all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. Later this year, KWCF will also bring youth and community members together for ‘Vital Conversations’, community dialogues focused on creating a better future together. 

“Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation is excited to partner with the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) to help youth between the ages of 15 and 29 lead initiatives that will make a difference in their future,” says Elizabeth Heald, President & CEO, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. “Local youth will have the chance to partner with charitable organizations and apply for funding in support of a wide range of areas”.

This Community Challenge goes far beyond our community. Participating community foundations will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities from coast to coast to coast. As a whole, the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and community realities of the future.

“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. 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,” says Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada. 

“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." 

Grant applications will be accepted between May 22 and September 18, 2019. For more information on how to apply visit www.kwcf.ca/rbcflchallenge or https://www.communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/rbc-future-launch/.  


About Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation
Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) enables people, companies and organizations to do more good by making it easy for fundholders to give and for charities to receive money. When you make a donation to KWCF, they invest that gift into a permanent endowment fund which generates income that is then distributed through grants to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community. As a leading community-building organization in Waterloo Region, KWCF is focused on collaborating with partners to identify and meet current and future needs of our community, by enabling social capital and developing creative forward-thinking innovative solutions for place-based philanthropy. www.kwcf.ca

Participating in the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge builds on KWCF’s long-time support to local youth and youth leadership.

About RBC Future Launch Community Challenge 
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will be hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations, and is made possible thanks to a $5M donation from RBC Foundation. It is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment by RBC and the RBC Foundation to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, RBC Future Launch is dedicating $500 million to help young people access meaningful employment through practical work experience, skills development opportunities, networking solutions and mental well-being supports and services. 

For more information contact:
Lynne Short
Vice President, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation
519-725-1806 ext. 204