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Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP)

Grants to Canada Teams in Multiple
Provinces to Address Community Needs

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Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP)

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Deadline Date:

10/13/21 11:59 PM PT


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Grants to Canada teams in multiple provinces for programs and projects that address community needs and challenges in eligible regions. Focus areas include, but are not limited to, culture, economic development, education, environment and climate change, health and wellness, recreation, tourism, and training. 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.

Grants are available in the following categories:

  • Arctic Inspiration Prize
  • $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize
  • Youth AIP

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. Proposed projects should be based upon traditional knowledge, scientific research, and/or practical knowledge in order to be eligible.

Programs should have the following impact:

  • $1 Million category: Long term impact across a large geographic area or a profound impact in a smaller area
  • AIP category: Impact in a larger or smaller geographic area, preferably in the long term
  • Youth category: Impact at the community level or beyond. Submissions in this category can also be for activities that would prepare a team to submit a nomination for a $1 Million or AIP prize in 2022.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174884

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Number of Grants:

One $1 million prize; Up to four AIP prizes; and up to seven youth prizes.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $1 Million Category: $1,000,000 may be awarded
- AIP Category: Up to $500,000
- Youth Category: Up to $100,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Team Diversity:
1. The Arctic Inspiration Prize is an award for diverse teams. Individuals alone cannot be nominated. Since the Arctic Inspiration Prize is about teambuilding, nominated teams should be broadly 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 Leader and the majority of the team are required to be Northerners. Northerners should 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 regions eligible for the AIP; or
- A non-Indigenous person working and residing in the regions eligible for the AIP.
3. There are no age requirements for the $1 Million category. Youth (30 years of age or younger) are eligible as well.
- Youth Category: The Team Leader and majority of the team are required to be 30 years of age or younger

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please join for a webinar on Wednesday, May 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET and learn what you need to do to submit a successful nomination for this year’s prize. Register at

Pre-Application Information:

All projects must be nominated by one of the AIP’s official Ambassadors. This helps to ensure the project has the support it needs from the community it’s intending to serve. Ambassadors should not be connected to the project, but can help to mentor teams and provide advice and direction.

Here are the six steps you need to take to submit a nomination and have a chance to win an Arctic Inspiration Prize:
1. Have an idea!
2. Build a team - Your team should be diverse, including people from different disciplines, backgrounds and organizations, and can include both Northerners and Southerners – though the team leader must be a Northerner.
3. Pick the right prize category.
4. Find an AIP Ambassador to support your nomination.
5. Submit a Letter of Intent - This is not mandatory, but it is very helpful! Write a two-page summary of your idea and submit it to the AIP team to get feedback on your project’s eligibility. This feedback can be very helpful when writing your nomination! The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is September 7, 2021.
6. Submit your nomination on time - It’s best not to leave your nomination to the last minute, as some of the sections take time to prepare. The deadline for 2021 nominations is October 13, 2021. If you have any questions, it’s always better to reach out to the AIP team earlier rather than later.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

AIP Ambassadors:

Letters should be submitted to the Arctic Inspiration Prize office by e-mail to

Arctic Inspiration Prize
9 Rideau Gate, Ottawa, ON K1M 1M6

Katie Blasco
Operations Manager

Davida Wood
Yukon Region Manager

Alicia Dobson

Glen Abernethy
NWT Region Manager

Grant Coverage Areas:

Eligible region of the Arctic Inspiration Prize - specifically, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nunavut;   Quebec;   Yukon;

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