Get funding for your youth project

What is the Positive Youth Development Grant?

The Positive Youth Development Grant (PYD) funds projects that help youth thrive:

  • socially;
  • emotionally; and
  • physically.

The goal is to promote protective factors that benefit the community. For example:

  • a weekly girls' group;
  • a trail-building program;
  • on-the-land activities; and
  • opportunities to engage with culture.

Who can apply?

  • Registered organizations in good standing under the Societies Act
  • Yukon-based not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the federal Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
  • Charitable organizations
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents who've lived in Yukon 3 months before they submit their application
  • Schools and early learning programs
  • Municipal and First Nations governments

Projects and events criteria

Criteria 1

Projects should address the root causes of youth's problematic use of cannabis and other substance. Projects can do this by creating opportunities for activities that are:

  • recreational;
  • creative;
  • cultural; and
  • leisure.

These activities should promote positive mental wellbeing, self-esteem, and be pro-social environments.

Criteria 2

Projects should address cannabis and other substance use by:

  • reducing risk factors; and
  • promoting protective factors.

The project should:

  • promote social and mental wellbeing; and
  • build on the strengths of the community and participants.

Criteria 3

Projects should help stop substance use and allow youth to thrive by:

  • increasing community engagement and capacity;
  • helping people and organizations recognize their strengths and develop new skills; and
  • helping people build positive environments together.

Criteria 4

Cannabis- and substance-use prevention projects should:

  • facilitate research;
  • share knowledge;
  • gather or share information on current or new initiatives; and
  • inform meaningful health indicators for youth.

Criteria 5

Projects should identify and address the needs of high-priority populations in rural communities, such as:

  • young women;
  • youth; and
  • families.

Your proposal has to include 5 or more of Yukon’s 40 Developmental Assets for positive youth development.

Eligible expenses

  • Human resources, but not ongoing staff wages
  • Honorarium (for example, payment to Elders or youth)
  • Equipment and supplies needed to complete the project (for example, office supplies, food and sports equipment)
  • Programs and events (for example, conferences and wellness programs)
  • Knowledge or skill development (for example, training courses and workshops)
  • Research and planning (for example, gathering information and promotion)
  • Facility rental
  • Printing and advertising

Ineligible expenses

The funding does not cover operating costs such as rent and utilities.

How much money can you apply for?

You can apply for between $500 and $10,000. Applications for this grant must include a detailed budget not higher than $10,000.

Application deadlines

The application deadline is at 4:30 p.m. on March 1 of each year

If this falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to 4:30 p.m. on the next business day. Late applications will not be accepted.

How to submit your proposal

  1. Contact the Health Promotion Unit to find out if your project or event is eligible.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Submit your application before the deadline.
    In person: 305 Jarvis Street, 2nd floor in Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Fax: 867-456-6502​
    Government of Yukon
    Health Promotion Unit (H-305)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

When will you hear about your proposal

We'll notify successful applicants by email or phone within 2 weeks of having received their proposal.


By March 31 you need to submit by email:

  • a final report; and
  • an expense report.

If you have questions about your proposed project, email or phone 867-667-8394; phone toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 8394.