Youth-serving organizations say the Ontario government pulled the rug out from under them when it abruptly ended a years’ long support program — a blow that was compounded by how a private foundation chose to break the news to participants.
Last winter, dozens of social sector organizations learned the provincial government did not renew its contract with the Laidlaw Foundation, a private entity, to fund a youth collective impact program known as Youth CI, which supported groups of organizations working together to develop collaborative, youth-focused projects.
While funders regularly change priorities, Justin Ford, a member of a collaborative supported by the program and CEO of CatalystsX Network Community Incorporated, said this change was particularly painful because of the structure of the Youth CI program. In order to be eligible for a grant of up to $225,000
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