Do you have an idea (big or small) to enhance life in your community, but don’t have the funding to make it happen?

We created the Arctic Inspiration Youth Prize for you.

What’s the Arctic
Inspiration Youth Prize?

The Arctic Inspiration Youth Prize funds and supports youth who bring positive change to the North. The Youth Prize awards up to $700,000 each year, with seven different youth teams able to win up to $100,000 each.

No, the Youth Prize is an award for teams. It’s about inspiring teams to find new ways to make real impact on life in your communities.

To be eligible, the Team Leader and more than half of the team need to be 30 years of age and under. But non-youth members, including mentors and Elders, are also welcome to participate. In fact, we encourage it.

The Team Leader and the majority of the team are required to be Northerners as the Arctic Inspiration Youth Prize is about inspiring northern youth to build, lead and manage their own solutions. For the AIP, a Northerner is defined as:

  • An Indigenous person of the North preferably working and residing in Yukon, NWT, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik or Nunatsiavut; or
  • A non-Indigenous person working and residing in Yukon, NWT, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik or Nunatsiavut.

Any new project that helps bring positive change to people in the North.
A project can have one or more focus areas such as:

  • Education
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Culture, arts and language
  • Science and traditional knowledge
  • Climate change
  • Economy

Which projects have won in the past?

The Arctic Inspiration Youth Prize funds and supports grassroots efforts to realize opportunities and bring about positive change in the North.
Past winners have included:

How do you
pick the winners?

The Youth Prizes are awarded by selection committees who are made up of people living and working in the North. As many as 7 teams can be selected to win up to $100,000 each to help launch your ideas.

What happens
if we win?

Youth Prize winners get to bring your amazing projects to life! And we’ll help you get there, with funding and support. Not only will your initiative be promoted through news releases, website and social media, but you will be celebrated on a national stage at the Awards Ceremony and get the prestige of becoming an Arctic Inspiration Youth Prize Winner.

How do we get started?

First, get your team together. Make sure you’ve got people who are going to support this project to the end (and even beyond!). Come in prepared to win because there is a good chance you could. Be ready to hit the ground running.

Next, complete the Inspiration Proposal.

It doesn’t commit you and your team to anything, but it gives us a chance to review your idea and for one of our team members in your region to reach out and talk to you about it. We are here to help. If your project is ready, we’ll give you the template you will need to fill-out, and the questions you need to answer to submit your nomination.

What dates do we
need to remember?

You have to let us know you’re interested by submitting your Inspiration Proposal by 11:59pm PT on November 30, 2023. But don’t wait until the last minute. The earlier we receive it, the more time we’ll have to help you get your idea ready to turn into a nomination.


Submit your Inspiration Proposal before 11:59pm PT on November 30, 2023

Have a game-changing idea for your community?
We want to hear from you!