In hopes of nurturing the next generation of innovative thinkers, the Cambridge Camber of Commerce, the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chambers of Commerce, and BEP Waterloo Region launched a new innovative program called the Youth Creativity Fund on February 22 , 2023.
The Youth Creativity Fund promotes creative confidence by connecting student-driven and designed ideas, with donations from people who are passionate about seeing the creativity of youth in Waterloo Region flourish. Through the program, students in grades 5 to 12 can apply for microgrants up to $1,000 to pursue a creative learning project that could lead to new ideas.
“The greatest natural resource we have are the minds of our children,” said HIP Development CEO Scott Higgins, who serves on the Youth Creativity Fund committee and has been a driving force in the creation of the fund via his Creative Capital of Canada initiative. “It’s not trees, it’s not oil and gas; it’s the ideas that come out of our kids.”