The City of Grande Prairie has announced the launch of a new microgrant program for individuals aged 13 to 30 to help overcome financial barriers to education and employment.
According to the city, the Communities Building Youth Futures Microgrant offers up to $750 per individual to help address specific needs such as transportation, educational materials, work attire, and other related fees.
Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton says the program is significant as young people “continue to face barriers” while pursuing education and their careers.
“Young people in our community often face small but significant barriers in their pursuit of education and employment. This Microgrant Program is our way of saying, ‘We believe in you and are here to support your journey.'”
The city says applicants must live, work, attend school, or access services in Grande Prairie and be able to identify a specific barrier to their education or employment.
The application deadline is March 1, 2024, or until the allocated funding is fully disbursed. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure their request is considered.