A total of $25,000 in grants will be awarded to young people of African descent!
The funding was made possible through the City of Victoria’s first International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) Youth Grant.
The four successful projects funded by this new grant for the benefit of black youth are:
- A safe and inclusive hub for youth arts and leadership activities.
- A community celebration to honor significant milestones for K-12 and post-secondary students of African descent.
- A project to encourage entrepreneurial, interpersonal and artistic initiatives.
- A series of workshops on inclusion and civic engagement.
A total of 11 project ideas were submitted to the grant jurors.
The City of Victoria said it introduced the IDPAD Youth Grants to empower young black Victorians through leadership opportunities.
They invited people of African descent, community groups and non-profit organizations to submit their project ideas. Each could apply for up to $8,000 in funding.
“This innovative initiative is the first of its kind in British Columbia,” said Dominique Makay, Chair of the City of Victoria IDPAD Advisory Committee.
“I am very pleased that, for the first time, young people of African descent are being directly supported by the City of Victoria in an innovative, deliberate and intentional way.”
The City of Victoria IDPAD Advisory Committee was delighted to fund such innovative projects, but expressed sadness that they could not fund all submitted projects.
They expressed hope that the seven projects that did not receive funding this year will reapply in 2023.
“My gratitude goes to the staff of the City of Victoria under the responsible leadership of Mayor Lisa Helps for awarding the first grant to help empower young people of African descent,” said William Goldiet, Co-Chair of the City of Victoria. Victoria. IDPAD Advisory Committee.
“The future is in the hands of young people. I thank all applicants for applying for the Youth Service Grant.
Victoria City Council said it had adopted the International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015 to 2024 and established the city’s IDPAD Advisory Committee in 2021 to help tackle anti-black racism and make Victoria a more welcoming and safe for all residents.