Get funding for your youth project

The Youth Roots project helps prevent substance use among Yukon youth . It facilitates grants for researchers, policy makers, practitioners and community members.

These grants will help support positive physical and social environments for youth. The program aims to reduce cannabis and other substance use among Yukon youth. This funding reduces the risk of substance use and protects against factors that lead to it. This project seeks to support community efforts for the greatest possible societal good.

Four key goals of our project are to:

  1. Gather information on community protective and risk factors.
  2. Engage with Communities on best prevention practices.
  3. Share what we know about youth substance use in Yukon.
  4. Provide grants to support existing and emerging prevention projects.

What is the Youth Roots Grant?

The Youth Roots Grant supports building social, emotional, and physical spaces where youth thrive. When youth get involved they are less likely to start unhealthy risk-taking behaviours. Healthy behaviours like physical, creative, cultural, and social activities can have positive effects. Reducing problematic substance-use improves the mental health of youth.

Youth Roots Grant supports existing substance use prevention community efforts and community-driven initiatives. This can be either new or existing programs. These efforts aim to prevent onset of use or harm from cannabis and other substances.
The Youth Roots funds projects that help youth thrive:

  • socially;
  • emotionally; and
  • physically.

The goal is to promote protective factors that benefit the community. Some examples are:

  • 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 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 2

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 3

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 4

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

  • young women (ages 13 to 19);
  • youth (ages 13 to 24); and
  • youth and families in rural communities.

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

Projects do not need to be directly targeted at youth themselves. They could involve:

  • parents,
  • caregivers,
  • adult allies, or
  • youth leaders.

It can involve anyone that plays a role to prevent use or harms from cannabis and/or other substances.

Priority will be given to projects:

  • with high-priority populations;
  • not already receiving significant funding outside of this grant; and
  • based in rural communities.

Eligible expenses

  • Human resources, but not ongoing staff wages (for example, a facilitator)
  • 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 $5,000. Applications for this grant should include a detailed budget not higher than $5,000.

If the project requires funding greater than $5000, please indicate on the application. Further funding may be allotted based on number and type of applications received.

Application deadlines

There are three rounds of intakes:  

  • June 7, 2021;
  • September 13, 2021; and
  • January 17, 2022.

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.
    Email: youthroots@yukon.ca
    Fax: 867-456-6502​
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Health Promotion Unit (H-305)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

When will you hear about your proposal

We'll notify all applicants by email or phone within 2 weeks of the application intake deadline.

Reporting

By March 18, 2022 you need to submit by email:

  • a final report; and
  • an expense report.

Recipients 2020-2021

$40,530 in funding has been approved and distributed to the following community organizations throughout the territory:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • F.H. Collins FLEX program
  • Whitehorse Individual Learning Centre
  • Single Track to Success
  • Watson Lake Ninja Training
Contact: 

If you have questions about your proposed project, email youthroots@yukon.ca or phone 867-456-6844; phone toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 6844.