Applications for the 2021-2022 Leadership Fund are now OPEN!

Everything we do at BYTE is about creating spaces for Northern youth to lead. We want youth to have the strengths and skills they need to lead happy, healthy and meaningful lives and to be heard in their communities. With this goal in mind, we launched the BYTE Youth Leadership Fund to celebrate our 20th Anniversary in 2018. For 20 wonderful years we have had the honour of working with and investing in young people in the North, and we are excited to continue to do so with this fund! Our goal is to use the fund to connect youth aged 14-25 to experiences and resources to help develop their passions, gifts and identity.

Since the launch of this fund in 2018, we have funded $15,000 in experiences and opportunities for over 12 Northern youth! The fund has connected youth with equipment such as cameras and on the land gear to pursue their passions as well as travel and leadership opportunities!

For 2021 we have been able to increase the fund to a total of $10,000, thanks to generous donations!

The fund is available for youth who need support attending or participating in any opportunity they think will build their leadership, self-esteem and confidence. The fund aims to connect young people with experiences and resources to help develop their passions, gifts and identity. 

Who can apply?
Young people aged 14-25 who live in areas currently served by BYTE (for 2021-2022 that is Yukon, Mackenzie Delta Region, NWT; and Atlin, BC)
Please note: We welcome all applicants but given the context in which BYTE works, preference will be given to applicants from rural communities and/or Indigenous and marginalized youth.

What can you apply for?
Applicants can apply for a maximum of $1,500 in the 2021-2022 Year. A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded prior to March 31st, 2022.
Eligible costs include:

• Transportation
• Accommodation
• Per Diems ($50/day/person or $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner)
*Per diem rate only available when food not available through event or conference
• Course and/or conference registration fees
• Materials and equipment needed to participate (such as camping equipment, laptop, camera, school supplies, and other eligible materials at the discretion of the fund committee)

Where possible all expenses will be paid and purchased directly by BYTE or must be confirmed through copies of actual paid receipts.
Please note that 10% of amount awarded will be held back and paid upon receiving your final report and photos.

Application Deadlines and Timelines
Applications are now open. Interested youth can apply anytime until March 31st, 2022. Please note that applications must be received at least 1 month prior to conference/gathering/course, etc. Our Selection Committee will review applications monthly beginning in June 2021 and will evaluate responses on a scale of 1-3. Funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis up to a maximum of $10,000 in total.