Apply for mineral exploration funding

The Yukon Mineral Exploration Program (YMEP) provides part of the risk capital to:

  • locate;
  • explore; and
  • develop mineral projects to an advanced exploration stage.

Eligible projects

Hardrock exploration

  • Grassroots prospecting
  • Focussed regional
  • Target evaluation

Placer exploration

  • Placer module

Application deadline

The application submission deadline is April 2nd, 2024.

Apply to the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program

  1. Read the program guide for the type of exploration you are doing.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Submit your application to the Yukon Geological Survey by email: [email protected].

We encourage you to discuss your application or plans with the Yukon Geological Survey before the deadline. Contact us by phone: Patrick Sack at 867-667-3203 or email: [email protected]

Our geologists will:

  • review your application; and
  • assign a score using the evaluation criteria found in Appendix A of the relevant guidebook.

We can send you your scores if you request.

For questions about the program, contact Patrick Sack by phone: 867-667-3203 or email: [email protected]

When will I find out about my application?

Applicants will receive an email by May 15 with a list of the successful candidates. If you're unsuccessful and wish to appeal, contact us by June 30. Email us at [email protected] or phone Patrick Sack at 867-667-3203.

Successful applicants

If you’re a successful applicant, there are certain conditions for receiving funding. These conditions include submitting a:

  • status report;
  • expense claim;
  • summary report; and
  • final report.

Refer to the relevant guidebook for more details on the conditions of funding.

How do I submit a status report?

  1. Fill out the status report form.
  2. Email the form to [email protected] no later than September 30 of the current year.

How do I claim my expenses?

  1. Fill out the expense claims report.
  2. Email the form to [email protected].

You can submit expense claim forms at any time. You can also submit multiple expense claims reports at once.

How do I submit the final submission form?

  1. Fill out the final submission form.
  2. Email the form to [email protected] no later than January 31 of the current year.

How do I submit the final report?

  1. Open the Yukon Geological Survey’s secure FTP site.
  2. Enter your email address in the “From” box.
  3. Type the name of the project report you’re submitting in the subject line.
  4. Use the “Add Files” button at the bottom left of the page to attach your data files. The maximum total size of files for transfer is 10 gigabytes, preferably in zipped (.zip) format. If your files are larger, contact the minerals group by emailing [email protected] or phoning 867-456-3828
  5. Include in spreadsheet form all digital data files with sample location coordinates for:
    • geophysical surveys;
    • LIDAR data;
    • high-resolution UAV imagery; and
    • geochemical data.
  6. The Yukon Geological Survey will receive a notification once your report information is uploaded to the FTP site. You’ll be sent a confirmation email that we received your data.

View the successful candidates for 2024

Find the list of successful candidates for the 2024 season.