The Helping Assure Tomorrow's Charitable Hearts (HATCH) Grants Program is used to develop projects that are important to elementary and high school students. Students are encouraged to use their imaginations, their hearts and their brains when developing good project ideas that could benefit the environment, the arts, or sports, recreation and education in their school community.
HATCH grants have been awarded since 2005, and some of the ideas that have received HATCH funding over the years include Cambellford District High School’s Environmental Club for their recycling bin and garden box project, Hillcrest Public School’s Operation Einstein to purchase new math textbooks, Kent Public School for the purchase of recess play equipment, and St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary for their Litterless Lunch Project.
Assisting with the HATCH Grant program is one of the YAC members main activities. Members of the YAC visit each school to help interested students formulate project ideas. YAC members assist with writing grant applications and keep in touch with each school's HATCH Group once the project is in motion. HATCH Grants are limited to a maximun of $1,000.