Organizational and Programmatic Information

Catapult Canada is a national platform and community that aims to increase equity of access to learning opportunities for youth. Catapult comprises three core components:

  1. Digital Hub – a robust online platform providing resources to a network of organizations serving youth across the country,
  2. Access Innovation Fund–a multi-million-dollar fund that will support diverse projects at different levels, and
  3. Mentor-Coaches – a team of experienced professionals who can help design and guide successful projects in diverse communities.

Catapult Canada is powered by the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF). The RHF is an independent and non-political charitable organization established to mobilize ideas, people, and resources across the country to tap into our national spirit and help realize our shared aspirations. Working towards a better Canada, the RHF celebrates what is best about Canada while working with partners to meaningfully improve lives and foster the conditions for more Canadians to succeed and thrive.

For more information on our current streams of funding please visit the grants page.

There are two funding streams available. The Open Access Fund is open to any eligible applicant working on a project that aligns with Catapult Canada’s mandate. The Newcomer, Refugee and NEET Youth Fund is specifically designed for projects that aim to advance learning opportunities particularly among vulnerable groups, namely high-risk newcomers to Canada, including refugees and youth facing barriers as a result of fleeing trauma, and NEET youth.

For this open call, we ask that applicants only apply to a single stream.

No, only one application will be taken into consideration.

We ask that all applicants be registered charities or registered non-profits (qualified donees), as well as grassroot groups or unincorporated organizations working with a shared platform (non-qualified donees).

Yes, we invite applications from newly incorporated organizations

Yes, the application process is the same for all. If your organization has been previously funded by Catapult Canada, you are welcome to apply to this open call, provided that your initial funding agreement has concluded.

Yes, only projects primarily based in Canada or, more broadly, in Turtle Island are eligible. Headquarters should be based in Canada.

If your project impacts a wider age group, you are still eligible to apply, provided that youth in the 12-29 age bracket also benefit from your programming and are the primary group impacted.

Yes, organizations aiming to continue or scale an existing project may apply.

The deadline to apply is Sunday December 10th at 11:59 PM EST. For more information on the timeline for this open call, please visit the Grants page.

This will depend on how much detail you choose to provide. We have intentionally removed all word limits from the application. We respect your ability to describe your work in a clear and concise manner. In effect, the length of your application will therefore depend on how concise you are in your responses.

We are happy to answer questions and provide support during the application process. Connect with us via @RideauHallFdn on social media or bookmark this page for updates on application support.

Applications will undergo an internal review conducted by RHF staff and then an external review process will take place.

Applicants will be notified of their application status by February 2024. For more information on the timeline for this open call, please visit the Grants page.

Yes, we will. In keeping with our commitment to knowledge sharing and capacity building, we will make best efforts to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants upon request.

About Resource Submissions

You can submit a resource at this link. Please be sure to read our community guidelines before submitting your resource.

It will take up to 10 business days for the Catapult team to review your resource.

About the Digital Hub

The Digital Resource hub has been designed to support community engagement, share best practices, and broaden the reach of existing, successful programs, as well as channeling new resources. By registering for the Hub Users can comment on resources and curate their list of favourite resources.