The Catapult Access Innovation Fund supports youth-serving organizations in Canada to design, build, scale up and evaluate the impact of initiatives to better support Canadian youth in their learning goals, especially those underserved by the education system and disengaged from education and/or career pathways.

The objectives of the fund are to:

The Rideau Hall Foundation’s Catapult Canada Access Innovation Fund invites applicants to submit proposals in its second open call process. Proposals are designated for registered non-profits or charities (qualified donnes) as well as grassroot groups or unincorporated organizations working with a shared platform (non-qualified donees). Applications should focus on project description, including alignment with the Catapult Canada mandate; what the project will do and the impact it will have. We recognize the importance of national learning and local context, as well as promoting strong coordination and partnership across government, funders, delivery organizations and educational systems.

The Access Innovation Fund will prioritize initiatives that:

For the second open call, in addition to alignment with the objectives of the Access Innovation Fund, we will also be prioritizing initiatives that:

The first round of funding through the Access Innovation Fund was awarded to 12 community-based organizations from across Canada. Learn more here.


Applications will be reviewed by a combination of an internal review team of RHF staff and an external team of volunteers from the RHF’s networks across Canada. During the application process, the RHF welcomes any clarification questions to help guide the submission of interested candidates. Following the submission deadline, we may request additional clarifying information from applicants as needed during our review.

Catapult Canada expects to fund multiple projects across the country. In this open call, we will be working with shared charitable platforms in order to provide funding to unincorporated and grassroots groups. To support this, we will be hosting an event for unincorporated groups to connect with shared platforms to support their Catapult grant applications. Funded groups will become part of a community dedicated to sharing project progress, findings and practices with a view to a wider knowledge dissemination strategy to inform the broader sector.

Deadlines and Key Dates

Open Call 2 - Fall 2021

October 4, 2021
Applications open
October 18, 2021
Applications close (applications must be submitted no later than October 18th at 11:59 PM EST)
October 19, 2021
Application review process begins (applications will undergo review by internal and external reviewer committees)
January 12, 2022
Applicants notified (all applicants will be notified of their application status)

About the Rideau Hall Foundation

The Rideau Hall Foundation is a national registered charity established in 2012 to focus on amplifying the values and initiatives which serve to further unite us as a country. We collaborate on projects that span four key areas: (1) learning initiatives that strive for excellence and equity; (2) strengthening Canada’s culture of innovation, (3) widening the circle of giving and volunteering; and (4) investing in Canadian leaders with transformative potential. You can learn more about the nation-building work of the RHF by visiting our website at

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Joining the Catapult Community

Catapult is committed to building a sustainable and dynamic eco-system of youth-serving organizations in Canada that facilitates peer-to-peer learning and problem solving; the sharing of resources, promising practices and innovative ideas; and providing community support and partnership. To that end, all grantees will be part of a community of practice, facilitated by Catapult and co-developed by grantees to meet their evolving needs.