The ACCESS Fund

Allowing youth the opportunity to make a difference and carry on the work ACCESS began 10 years ago as high school students.

Applications for The ACCESS Fund are now available.
(Please read the background info first, and apply using the form at the bottom of this page).

Since our 10th anniversary, ACCESS has been allocating a majority of the funds raised for our projects over the majority of the organization’s history (raised by the hundreds of school presentations, events, fair-trade products sold, and more, all to raise funds for international projects) to new youth projects. We will be transforming those funds into impact over the next 2 years. This includes a few overseas projects with our original international partners, and supporting some youth-led groups who can grow the funds and allocate them to larger projects. The ACCESS team is looking forward to seeing the impact this hard-earned money will make, which we have made a very conscious effort to save (and not allocate toward operations, supplies, or promotions). The funding has all been saved up over the last several years and we look forward to making an impact through new projects.

Who Should Apply?

Youth-led organizations, student groups or individuals with an idea to create social change and make a positive impact in their community or abroad. We are funding both local and international projects that focus on youth empowerment, education and entrepreneurship.

  • AMOUNT: You may request up to $1,000 per project and can re-apply multiple times. 
  • DEADLINE: We are currently accepting applications. We have pitch nights planned (see below). Projects are reviewed on an ongoing basis. If you require your funding for an event or immediate initiative, please specify in your message.
  • LEGAL: You do NOT need to be a registered charity, incorporated non-profit or business. Grassroots groups and youth-led projects will be considered equally.

Where to Apply

In addition to the online form on this page, applicants will also have the opportunity to pitch in-person at events in Toronto and Brampton, Ontario. Dates will be announced on social media and provided via email to applicants who have been invited.

Upcoming pitch nights being planned for November and December.

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Apply to the access fund

online application

Your Name *
Your Name
What is the title of your project or organization? Please add it to the sentence below.
Describe your organization or project description. Include information such as: What do you plan to do with the funds? What city or country will the project take place, and where are you based? How many people will be working on this? How long will the project take?
Age of Project Leader
Have you received funding before? *
Select all that apply.
Where will the project take place?
If you are invited to present your idea in-person, would you be available on either of the upcoming tentative dates?