The ACCESS Fund
Allowing youth the opportunity to make a difference and carry on the work ACCESS began 12+ years ago as high school students.
Applications for The ACCESS Fund are open.
However, there are upcoming no pitch-nights scheduled.
(Please read the background info first, and apply using the form at the bottom of this page).
The ACCESS Fund has supported several youth-led initiatives, including the select few featured below. For announcements on funding, please visit accessinnovation.ca.
Since our 10th anniversary in 2016, 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: There are no current deadlines or pitch nights scheduled. 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. Approved ideas will be provided with an invitation via email.