Opportunities and Grants

Award Centres and participants can take advantage of various exciting opportunities and gain access to grants to support them through their Award experience.

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Changing Lives Activity Grant:

Are you wanting to pursue a long-held passion and explore new horizons, but are facing financial hurdles? You’re in luck because the solution is here to empower you to achieve your goals! At Award Canada, we believe that all young people participating in the Award should have the opportunity to follow their passion or try new activities, irrespective of economic circumstances.

Thanks to our generous partners at the McCall MacBain Foundationwe’re thrilled to offer he ‘Changing Lives Activity Grant.’

This grant is your pathway to turning passions and life-changing aspirations into real experiences. Please see below our eligibility criteria and help us to help you do something truly life changing 

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Please note that having received a number of applications over the past 6 months, these criteria have been updated. They are not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to provide a clearer understanding of the purpose of the grant and the application process, ensuring the support from the McCall McBain Foundation helps those who need it most. 

Participants: Young people participating in the Award are eligible to receive up to $750 in funding, to support an activity they wish to use for their Award. This grant can be used for any section of the Award with a focus on deepening a participants leadership skill by taking part in or establishing an activity that has the ability to change their or other people lives. Apply today!

Award Centres:Are you looking to support young people in your Award Centre fulfil their passions? The Changing Lives Activity grant is also available to adult mentors seeking financial support for the activity costs of their participants. Award Centres are eligible for up to $2500 in support. Please note this grant cannot be used for general activities except where all funding is directed to those who are Award participants.  Please follow this link to apply now.

Grant Criteria: This grant is prioritized for individual young people who can show an economic need or other circumstances that show that without support this life-changing activity would not be attainable. Simply undertaking an the Adventuruous Journey is not assumed to be “life-changing” in and of itself. A grant applicant must show why a specific activity (in any section) is otherwise beyond their means AND how it will impact their lives. 

The grant is only to be awarded to those who have shown previous commitment in completing their Award activities, either at their current or previous levels. The grant cannot be given for activities at another level than the one at which the participant is registered. 

Where groups are considered to be eligible for a grant, they must show how the activity benefits participants who would not otherwise be able to take part in the activity and how the activity has impacted the lives of key members of the group. If approved, applicants will need to share an Award in Action story and photos that demonstrates the personal impact of the activity on their personal development.Where a group’s application is approved, the individual participants and the leader must submit personal Award in Action stories that demonstrates personal impact of the activity on their personal development. You can share your story by filling out thisform.

Please note: This grant cannot be used for Award registration fees.

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Jumpstart Individual Child Grants for Virtual Award Centre Participants:

Award Canada is a proud Service Organization/Payee for Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Individual Child Grants. If you or your child, aged under 18, are gearing up to register in our Virtual Award Centre, don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity. The application awaits you on their website—make sure to delve into eligibility, requirements, and details. ou can also find additional information on their FAQ webpage. Seize the moment; it’s an opportunity not to be missed!

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Adventurous Journey Grant:

In partnership with The RBC Foundation through their Future Launch Initiative and Tech for Nature – Award Canada will be providing grants of up to $1000.00 to remove barriers to completing the Adventurous Journey. These grants are available to licensed Award Centres and have been designed to help participants complete their Adventurous Journey. The Adventurous Journey grant has positively affected six Award Centres and 71 participants to date.

Please note: The Adventurous Journey Grant is subject to availability until funds are depleted. 

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  • Applications are for Licensed Award Centres. If you are a participant, we encourage you to speak with your Award Leader. Your Award Centre will be able to provide support in the planning of your Adventurous Journey.
  • Applications must be sent in by completing the form.
  • All applications are welcomed but preference will be given to those who are helping young people from the following communities: Women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, underserved populations, indigenous, 2SLGBTQI+, newcomers, low socio-economic status, rural and remote individuals.
  • These funds can be used to cover the fees for transportation from the Award Centre to the Adventurous Journey location, to purchase or rent equipment, food and/or site/accommodation fees.
  • An Award Centre can apply for up to a $1,000 grant.
  • If approved, the Award Centre will need to share an Award in Action story and photos that demonstrates the positive impact of this grant on the completion of the Adventurous Journey. You can share your story by filling out this form.
  • Your Award Centre will acknowledge the support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada (The Award Canada) and the RBC Future Launch and Tech for Nature program in any social media posts or materials related to your Adventurous Journey.