Foundation / Corporation
Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP)
10/15/18 11:59 PM PDT
Grants to Northern Canadian diverse teams of organizations and individuals for programs and projects that address community needs and challenges. Nominated teams should address the root causes, rather than the symptoms of priority issue areas in the Canadian Arctic. Geographically, the impacts of the proposed project must take place within the eligible region of the Arctic Inspiration Prize - specifically, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut.
The AIP covers any opportunities or challenges that are of importance to the Canadian Arctic and its peoples. A project can have one or more focus areas such as, but not limited to, education, training, health and wellness, environment and climate change, recreation, tourism, culture, and economic development.
Grants are available in the categories of Arctic Inspiration Prize (up to $500,000), $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize ($1,000,000), and Youth AIP (up to $100,000).
The $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) and AIP categories have to be based on knowledge (traditional, scientific research or practical, e.g. from a small pilot project) and are intended for diverse teams who have provided a truly exceptional and innovative plan to implement this knowledge into relevant and real world applications for the benefit of the Canadian North and its peoples.
The AIP inspires team building and encourages these teams to develop innovative projects that provide a near-term benefit to Arctic communities. It enables teams to carry out projects, celebrates their achievements and, in so doing, inspires others to follow suit.
GrantWatch ID#: 174884
$1 Million AIP: up to one nomination. AIP: up to four nominations. Youth AIP: up to seven nominations.
$1 MILLION AIP: $1 Million CAD
AIP: Up to $500,000 CAD
Youth AIP: Up to $100,000 CAD
1. The Arctic Inspiration Prize is a team award. Individuals alone cannot be nominated. Since the Arctic Inspiration Prize is about teambuilding, nominated teams must be diverse (i.e. include Northerners and Southerners; youth and elders; people from communities, grassroots groups, industry and governments; and/or people from the research, philanthropy, culture, and education communities, etc.). Teams that are not diverse are not eligible.
2. The team must include those who will benefit from the project as members on the team, in addition to project organizers, in order to be eligible.
3. The Team Leader and the majority of the team must be Northerners. Northerners must have meaningful engagement in the project plan, since the Arctic Inspiration Prize is about inspiring Northerners to build their own solutions. A Northerner is defined as:
-An Indigenous person of the North working and preferably residing in the North; or
-A non-Indigenous person working and residing in the North.
4. There are no age requirements for the “AIP” category. Youth (30 years of age or younger) are eligible as well.
The Arctic Inspiration Prize has a focus on innovation and turning knowledge into action.
5. Proposed projects must be new initiatives. Nominations for the continuation, expansion, or replication in another location of an already established initiative are not eligible.
6. Proposed projects must be based upon traditional knowledge, scientific research, and/or practical knowledge in order to be eligible.
The Arctic Inspiration Prize enables real, relevant, and direct impacts in communities across the North.
7. Teams and projects can address any opportunities or challenges that are relevant and of importance to the people and communities of the Canadian Arctic. A project can have one or more focus areas, such as, but not limited to: education, training, health and wellness, environment and climate change, recreation, tourism, culture, economic development, and science.
8. Proposed projects should address the root cause(s) of an Arctic issue, rather than its symptoms. This should be clearly outlined in the nomination. For example, a project that aims to prevent oil spills addresses a cause; a project that aims to clean up oil spills addresses a symptom. This applies to all projects – including those of a socioeconomic and human health nature.
9. Proposed projects must have direct impacts within the regions eligible for the Arctic Inspiration Prize: Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut.
10. Proposed projects must bring knowledge to action with lasting impacts. Therefore projects that collect and store knowledge (e.g. environmental monitoring, data or knowledge archiving, etc.) are not eligible.
Optional Letter of Intent:
July 9th, 2018 11:59 p.m. PT
Submission of Nomination Package:
October 15th, 2018 11:59 p.m. PT
Letter of Intent (Optional)
If you have any questions about the eligibility of your team and/or project, you can submit a Letter of Intent in order to receive feedback. This is the opportunity to have your questions answered and get tips for your project and nomination which can help strengthen your nomination and make sure you are headed in the right direction. The Letter of Intent will not be used in the selection process in any way.
The Arctic Inspiration Prize will confirm receipt of submitted Letters of Intent within one week. The office will respond with written feedback as soon as possible.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit letters of intent and the nomination package to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the nomination templates at: ArcticInspirationPrize.ca/Nomination
If you have questions, please contact:
Arctic Inspiration Prize
9 Rideau Gate, Ottawa, ON K1M 1M6
Eligible region of the Arctic Inspiration Prize - specifically, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut.
Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nunavut Quebec Yukon