This is a lot of cash! The Canada Student Service Grant is now accepting applications and you can get so much money for volunteering in your community. Plus, it's so easy to apply.

The new Canada Student Service Grant platform has finally launched and as of June 25, you can apply for a volunteering job.

This program lets post-secondary students and recent grads get valuable work experience while also giving back to their communities.

If you're a college or university student or a recent grad and you decide to volunteer this summer, you could get $1,000 to $5,000 from the government through the grant.

The exact amount of money you get depends on how many hours you work.

There are also eligibility requirements to apply and to get the money.

To participate in the grant program, you have to be enrolled and attending a post-secondary part-time or full-time during the spring/summer or in September.

For recent grads, you have to have graduated no earlier than December 2019.

According to the government, you also have to be "a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, First Nation, Métis or Inuit, or those with Refugee status."

You can apply online or by phone at 1 (833) 521-0117 and look up opportunities here.

When applying online, you just have to fill out a form with some personal information like your name, address and date of birth.

Then there are questions about if you have received other benefits from the government and why you want to participate in this program. 

You can even put in a referral code to volunteer with a specific group.

After you've finished your volunteering, there are also eligibility requirements to get the money.

You have to be a post-secondary student or recent grad, 30 years old or younger by December 31 and meet other criteria like the required number of hours.

If you have gotten the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, you're still eligible for this program.

However, you're not allowed to participate in the Canada Student Service grant if you have gotten the CERB at any time.

When Justin Trudeau announced the opening of the grant's platform and applications on June 25, he noted that students are facing challenges this summer.

"If we want to build a strong and resilient economy, we have to invest in the next generation," he said.

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