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Lawson Foundation’s 5G Fund: Accelerate supports 14 projects for youth mental health with micro-grants

The Lawson Foundation is pleased to announce 14 micro-grants for a total of $38,800 in support for youth mental health projects across Canada. Learn more here.

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The next generation of philanthropists: Foundations find value in youth engagement
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2015 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
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A Renewed Strategic Direction for the Foundation
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5G Fund: Accelerate 

Lawson Foundation’s 5G Fund: Accelerate supports 14 projects for youth mental health with micro-grants  

The Lawson Foundation is pleased to announce 14 micro-grants for a total of $38,800 in support for youth mental health projects across Canada.

The 5G Fund: Accelerate (5G) aims to kick-start ideas that will contribute to the wellbeing of Canadian communities. It’s an initiative of the “fifth generation” of Lawson family members who have designed the fund and led the granting process from start to finish. 

In this, its inaugural year, the 5th gen decided to focus on youth mental health and use micro-grants ($3,000 or less) as a means to accelerate or kick-start a number of projects across the country. 

Being youth-led, having a positive impact on youth, and supporting the leadership of youth were important considerations for the selection committee. “Youth mental health matters, and the 5G granting committee felt this was an issue we wanted to help tackle,” says Stephanie Wood, co-chair of the 5G Fund: Accelerate granting committee and fifth generation family member of the Lawson Foundation. “We’re excited about these projects and the positive impact they will have in Canadian communities.”

Decriptions of the funded projects are included in an infographic (click on image below to view).  

 

We look forward to seeing how the projects will be accelerated or kickstarted in the coming months, and sharing the amazing work of our grantees in this first 5G Fund cohort. 

 

For information or media inquiries: 
Amanda Mayer, Communications Director
613.292.0569 | amayer@lawson.ca
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Resources related to 5G Fund: Accelerate
5G Fund: Accelerate Funding Announcement | Annonce de financement 5G Fund: Accelerate 
5G Fund: Accelerate Infographic [overview and individual project profiles]

For Youth By Youth: the Lawson Foundation’s 5th Gen accelerates action on youth mental health [January 28, 2016]
The next generation of philanthropists: Foundations find value in youth engagement [November 10, 2015]
To the fifth generation and beyond: Engaging younger generations in family philanthropy [September 1, 2015]

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