What is the Ontario Support Network (OSN)?
The Ontario Support Network is an exciting program that builds deeper relationships between We Matter and a select number of northern Ontario communities and between youth and their supports across communities.
The OSN supports Indigenous youth-led Community Teams to lead mental health and life promotion initiatives focused on culture, community/on-the-land engagement, and peer-to-peer support. Community Teams can apply to host activities or events in their community and access between $500 – $2,500 to do so.
To be a part of the Ontario Support Network, there is an application process which is open from now until March 1st, 2020.
- Submitted applications will be reviewed at the end of every month.
- Applying teams will need to participate in an introduction call with We Matter, and will hear back within a couple weeks of submission if they’ve been selected.
- We Matter is here to support you in submitting your application, please contact Chelsea at email@example.com for questions.
Learn more about the OSN program here
Ontario Support Network applications are now available!
Submit your application by the end of the month, between now and March 1st, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: We will be supporting communities in northern Ontario; East, West and North of Thunder Bay (including Thunder Bay), including both rural and urban communities. We expect that we will be accepting between 5-10 communities depending on the projects proposed.
A: The following are Project Options community teams can apply to lead alongside We Matter, including some examples. You do not have to choose one of the examples, but your project does have to fit within one of the four main Project Options:
Community Art Project (up to $500)
- Community or school mural
- Youth art show
- Photography exhibit
- Create and share sessions
Awareness Event (up to $1000)
- Mental health fair
- Awareness walk/rally
- Pride event
- Knowledge sharing sessions (sharing circles, education series)
Cultural Activity (up to $1500)
- Youth/elder gathering
- Craft making
- Teaching and stories
On-the-Land Event (up to $2000)
- Culture/land camp
- Shelter building
A: Your project should not be the continuation of an existing program offered by an organization or club. For example, you should not be applying to fund the purchasing of items for continuing a program already in place by your local community centre. Your project cannot be simply purchasing furniture, equipment or technology for your school or a local charity. There must be a service-related aspect or activity to these purchases. For example, purchasing new sports equipment in order to START and lead a series of youth wellness nights in your community. Projects cannot be fundraisers or activities that include making a donation to a charity or charitable cause. The grant funds also may not be used to make purchases benefitting a single individual.
A: We Matter is here to support you and your project from start to finish. This includes helping you with your application, building a project plan and budget, problem solving and supporting challenges, sharing successes, and having check-in and debrief calls throughout the project period and after your final project/event. You will also be connected with other Ontario Support Network participants through our Facebook Group to receive advice and share successes!
A: We will have an answer for whether your application has been approved within 2 to 3 weeks following submission. This will depend on how quickly we can set up a follow up call to get to know you and chat about your application.
A: You are required to submit a report to We Matter about your project, which will include pictures, receipts, and a social media package within 2 weeks of completing your project.
See what Community Teams did in 2018/2019
Over the course of a year, 5 OSN Community Teams engaged in regular relationship-building and project planning with each other as well as the We Matter Team, in order to create and implement youth-led projects in their own schools or communities.
The programs we have are working really well the weeks are filled with programs we have a support circle every monday we have homework help every wednesday and every other tuesday we have our youth council meetings the programs have brought so many youth together and honestly the most I’ve seen them smile.
We hosted a Floor Hockey Tournament in February, did a We Matter presentation to the community over March break, and did a trip out to Old Whitesand for an on the land activity before the end of the year!