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:

4:30 p.m. on March 1, 2021

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, 2021, 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.