About the foundation

The Raphael and Ornstein family created the Raphael Foundation (Foundation) to support and empower youth to be leaders of positive change in their community. 

Nurturing young change-makers is paramount to creating vibrant and sustainable communities. The Foundation’s priority is to maximize the impact of youth by supporting:

  • Association-led young leadership programs 
  • Change-making initiatives developed and led by youth.

Eligibility criteria

The Foundation can disburse grants only to qualified donees and registered charities as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 

Applications are open and grants will be based on available funding.

There is no pre-established grant amount disbursed but typically between $1000-$5000 is awarded.

Grants to youth-initiated projects are required to be supervised by an eligible association (eligible charitable organization, etc.) that can disburse the funds and provide accountability on behalf of the Foundation. When applying for the grant, make sure that the application you are submitting is on behalf of the registered charity or nonprofit the project will benefit, and not as an individual.

Find out more about the foundation here.

Award frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually. However, the Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

Apply for funding

If you are interested in applying for funding, please click on the link below.

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The deadline for applications is April 30th.

Donate to this fund

If you would like to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made by clicking on the button below to go to the CanadaHelps donation page. 

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For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia office at accounting@cfns-fcne.ca.