New Leaf Community Challenge 2019

Submit your initial idea by June 19

The opening stage of the 2019 NLCC process is a Call for Initial Ideas, in the form of a 2-page brief. Up to 6 of the submitted ideas will receive seed funding and opportunities for expert input to support their evolution into detailed proposals. The idea brief is therefore intended to be aspirational and high level. The initiative it describes should:

  • Involve or propose to involve players with convincing delivery capacity
  • Have the potential to benefit a significant number of youth and employers, with demonstrable impacts and outcomes that will be sustained into the future
  • Leverage multiple resources and broaden collaboration between players from a range of relevant organizations and backgrounds—for example, employment service providers, other youth-serving not-for-profits, employers, entrepreneurs, educators, and government agencies
  • Engage youth directly
  • Be in a position to make meaningful progress within one to two years of receiving a $125,000 grant in late 2019

Please review the additional information below before preparing your brief. To be eligible for both the seed funding, and for the NLCC grant, one of the partners must be a charitable organization. Funds will be disbursed to the charitable partner.

Submit your Initial Idea Brief by June 19, 2019.

Background and Focus

For a fourth and final year the Ottawa Community Foundation’s New Leaf Community Challenge (NLCC) will focus on improving youth employment in the Ottawa region. The unemployment rate for Ottawa youth has been more than double the general unemployment rate for most of the past 10 years. The effects of youth unemployment on well-being and mental health, and the associated costs to society, are both immediate and long term.

All initiatives that would boost youth employment, and/or improve employment outcomes for both youth and employers, are welcome. That said we are also particularly interested in effective approaches to:

  • Enable youth to acquire and to have proof of the skills, in particular “softer” skills, that many employers perceive to be lacking; and to also build employer recognition of “hidden” skills that may be work-relevant.
  • Help interested youth move from entry-level and/or non-standard to more career-oriented work.

Proposals can be for a new initiative, but can also involve the scale up or replication of an existing successful initiative. They do not need to be specifically focused on a target population of youth, but it should be evident that youth who are more likely to face challenges in finding employment or in career development will benefit from the initiative.

This Year’s Process

The NLCC culminates in a $125,000 grant to a systems-oriented, high impact initiative. Along the way, building on the momentum and learnings from the previous three years, the process yields important benefits for multiple participants. This year, it will also leverage the expertise of the Leadership Table for Partnering for Success in Youth Employment (the LT).

This process is designed to:

  • elicit collaborative, systems-level, “what if” ideas
  • provide time and support for further exploring and developing those ideas and the associated partnerships
  • bring additional expert insight and networking assistance to the design and planning of selected high-impact initiatives

Specifically, NLCC 2019 involves the following steps:

  1. Submission of initial idea briefs
    Proponents are invited to submit an initial idea brief outlining their concept. A committee of the LT will select up to six of these initial ideas based on merit, impact, and viability
  2. Further development and partnership-building
    Proponents of each of the selected submissions will receive up to $3,000 in seed funding (collaboratively provided by the Ottawa Community Foundation and RBC Foundation), and additional input from the LT, to evolve their proposals and associated partnerships.
  3. Submission of more detailed proposals
    Proponents will submit more fully developed proposals. Guidance on the format and content will be provided at the time of selection. The LT committee will select the three finalists for the NLCC.
  4. Preliminary presentation to the Leadership Table
    The three finalists will have an opportunity to present their proposal to the LT for feedback and further input.
  5. Final written submission
    Following LT feedback, the proponents will submit a final proposal for Jury review
  6. Final presentation at the New Leaf Community Challenge event
    Presentation to the Jury and NLCC grant award.

Timeline

  • June 19, 2019 – Deadline for Initial Idea Brief
  • July 2, 2019 – Decisions shared on seed grants for further proposal development
  • August 23, 2019 – Deadline for Written Proposals
  • Early September 2019: Three Proposals selected as finalists
  • Mid to late September 2019: Presentation to Leadership Table
  • Late October 2019: Final written submission
  • November 2019: New Leaf Community Challenge Event

For inquiries about the New Leaf Community Challenge, please contact grants@ocf-fco.ca.

New Leaf Community Challenge 2019

Submit your initial idea by June 19

The opening stage of the 2019 NLCC process is a Call for Initial Ideas, in the form of a 2-page brief. Up to 6 of the submitted ideas will receive seed funding and opportunities for expert input to support their evolution into detailed proposals. The idea brief is therefore intended to be aspirational and high level. The initiative it describes should:

  • Involve or propose to involve players with convincing delivery capacity
  • Have the potential to benefit a significant number of youth and employers, with demonstrable impacts and outcomes that will be sustained into the future
  • Leverage multiple resources and broaden collaboration between players from a range of relevant organizations and backgrounds—for example, employment service providers, other youth-serving not-for-profits, employers, entrepreneurs, educators, and government agencies
  • Engage youth directly
  • Be in a position to make meaningful progress within one to two years of receiving a $125,000 grant in late 2019

Please note that to be eligible for both the seed funding, and for the NLCC grant, one of the partners must be a charitable organization. Funds will be disbursed to the charitable partner.

Submit your Initial Idea Brief by June 19, 2019.

Background and Focus

For a fourth and final year the Ottawa Community Foundation’s New Leaf Community Challenge (NLCC) will focus on improving youth employment in the Ottawa region. The unemployment rate for Ottawa youth has been more than double the general unemployment rate for most of the past 10 years. The effects of youth unemployment on well-being and mental health, and the associated costs to society, are both immediate and long term.

All initiatives that would boost youth employment, and/or improve employment outcomes for both youth and employers, are welcome. That said we are also particularly interested in effective approaches to:

  • Enable youth to acquire and to have proof of the skills, in particular “softer” skills, that many employers perceive to be lacking; and to also build employer recognition of “hidden” skills that may be work-relevant.
  • Help interested youth move from entry-level and/or non-standard to more career-oriented work.

Proposals can be for a new initiative, but can also involve the scale up or replication of an existing successful initiative. They do not need to be specifically focused on a target population of youth, but it should be evident that youth who are more likely to face challenges in finding employment or in career development will benefit from the initiative.

This Year’s Process

The NLCC culminates in a $125,000 grant to a systems-oriented, high impact initiative. Along the way, building on the momentum and learnings from the previous three years, the process yields important benefits for multiple participants. This year, it will also leverage the expertise of the Leadership Table for Partnering for Success in Youth Employment (the LT).

This process is designed to:

  • elicit collaborative, systems-level, “what if” ideas
  • provide time and support for further exploring and developing those ideas and the associated partnerships
  • bring additional expert insight and networking assistance to the design and planning of selected high-impact initiatives

Specifically, NLCC 2019 involves the following steps:

  1. Submission of initial idea briefs
    Proponents are invited to submit an initial idea brief outlining their concept. A committee of the LT will select up to six of these initial ideas based on merit, impact, and viability
  2. Further development and partnership-building
    Proponents of each of the selected submissions will receive up to $3,000 in seed funding (collaboratively provided by the Ottawa Community Foundation and RBC Foundation), and additional input from the LT, to evolve their proposals and associated partnerships.
  3. Submission of more detailed proposals
    Proponents will submit more fully developed proposals. Guidance on the format and content will be provided at the time of selection. The LT committee will select the three finalists for the NLCC.
  4. Preliminary presentation to the Leadership Table
    The three finalists will have an opportunity to present their proposal to the LT for feedback and further input.
  5. Final written submission
    Following LT feedback, the proponents will submit a final proposal for Jury review
  6. Final presentation at the New Leaf Community Challenge event
    Presentation to the Jury and NLCC grant award.

Timeline

  • June 19, 2019 – Deadline for Initial Idea Brief
  • July 2, 2019 – Decisions shared on seed grants for further proposal development
  • August 23, 2019 – Deadline for Written Proposals
  • Early September 2019: Three Proposals selected as finalists
  • Mid to late September 2019: Presentation to Leadership Table
  • Late October 2019: Final written submission
  • November 2019: New Leaf Community Challenge Event

For inquiries about the New Leaf Community Challenge, please contact grants@ocf-fco.ca.