Youth Grant

NOTE: Due to technical issues our website is not currently accepting applications online. Please use the attached application found here

​Grants by youth, for youth, and decided by youth
2019 Budget
: $100,000

  • Feb 15, 4pm
  • May 1, 4pm
  • Oct 15, 4pm

Maximum per application: $10,000

Please note, applications may take up to two months to approve.



The Gwaii Trust Youth Grant provides funding to organizations on Haida Gwaii who are undertaking unique educational projects and/or services.  Priority is given to applicants that link into youth gathering places, youth activities (recreation, sports, education) and economic development opportunities for youth, and that maximize the number of individuals impacted by the project.

Guide to Applicants:

  • Incomplete applications may not be considered by the Youth Board. Please ensure that you read the program guide to applicants thoroughly and that you include all required documentation. Please contact staff if you have questions or need assistance.
  • Early applications are encouraged to ensure content is complete. 
  • This Grant is open to communities, groups, and/or societies on Haida Gwaii; it is not available to individuals, or for-profit organizations.
  • Applications must be received no later than one month before the beginning of your project.
  • No projects will be approved if already in progress.
  • Projects that have already received funding from a Gwaii Trust Grant are ineligible. In addition, projects cannot access support from the Youth Grant and the Youth Centred Communities grant in the same calendar year.
  • Equity requirement: 25% total, including a  minimum of 10% sweat equity. 
  • Key tests: Merit and need, potential to be self-sufficient in the future.
  • Core funding is permitted.
  • All projects must be completed within one year from the approval date.
  • Administrative costs 10% maximum; but not if the person’s administration of project is a paid element of that person’s employment within the organization applying.
  • Facilitators cost maximum $500.00 per day.
  • In-kind service rate is calculated at $10.00 an hour unless evidence supportive of valuing the service at a higher rate is provided.
  • Compliance to the grant guidelines in no way guarantees proposals will be approved.  The completion of applications ensures Directors and staff have all available information necessary to make reasonable choices and decisions.  Approval is at the sole discretion of the Board and staff who manage particular grants.

Application Requirements

  • All supporting documentation must be uploaded to the application prior to submission.
  • Letters of support;  a minimum of two (2) – from unrelated parties. Must show support for project from youth (letter, collection of signatures, survey, etc).
  • Signed cost quotes from all suppliers and other verifiable expenses. (Internet quotes are acceptable for supplies).
  • Supporting documentation can be uploaded to the online application or sent via email to Dana Bellis at
  • Food: for the purposes of determining expenses for an application, an amount of up to $30 per person per day is acceptable without a quote. Receipts will be required prior to reimbursement. 
  • Confirmation of all other income sources, which may include bank statements, confirmation of pending grants and signed confirmations of in kind contributions.
  • Outline of how your group will meet the “sweat equity” requirement. Sweat equity is the volunteer contribution participating members of the project are putting towards the project. Sweat equity is calculated at our in kind rate of $10 per hour*.
  • Meet at least one Constitutional goal and objective of the Gwaii Trust.
  • Clear process description of all aspects of the project, from start to finish, including final evaluation.
  • Clear budget (Spreadsheet recommended) indicating which funding agencies will be funding which expenses in your budget. Income must equal expenses.

Funding Process 

  • Applicants are restricted to one active project per program at a time. Prior to accessing funding for a new project, previous projects must be closed.
  • 20% advance upon approval (1st request); balance through invoice matching approved advance; final 20% is held back until confirmation of project completion, and final evaluation documentation is received.
  • All advances will be funded upon the receipt of paid invoices, based on the percentage of the project funding approved.
  • Applicants are accountable for all finances by submitting receipts totaling entire project cost, not just Gwaii Trust funded expenses
  • All projects approved with an equity component will be funded to the same degree as the equity approved.
  • On all projects where funding is outstanding for over one year, site visits will be accompanied by a shortened re-application for the applicant, which must then be approved by the Gwaii Trust Board of Directors before advance of further funding.
  • All applications and associated support documentation submitted become the property of the Gwaii Trust, who may publish the said applications on their web site: or may otherwise utilize their content as the Gwaii Trust sees fit.

Our Goals:

  • Minimize barriers to youth participation
  • Build relationships, and communicate with existing youth groups and organizations
  • Support youth opportunities
  • Support expansion of youth grants to include: sports, culture, arts, and outdoor activities

Our Mission:

  • To promote quality youth programming, and a vibrant youth community network.

Our Vision:

  • To advocate and support an island community characterized by inclusive, infinite, relevant possibilities, unified experiences, and collaborative youth.

Our Values:

  • Respect: listening and valuing youth voice.
  • Collaboration: working together to increase opportunities for youth.
  • Leadership: promoting leadership development across the youth network.
  • Equality: reducing barriers to participate.

 Additional Information:

  • *Sweat equity example:  If you are applying to build a new long jump pit in Skidegate for $10,000.00, at least $1000.00 would have to be from your own efforts – say in this example, five kids spending four hours each digging out the pit – we value their efforts at $10.00 per hour, resulting in $40.00 per day per kid – so five kids efforts would total $200.00 per day, in this example – so they would need to work at least 5 of these days to equal $1000.00 worth of effort.
  • All applications submitted become the property of the Gwaii Trust, who may publish the said applications on their website,, or may otherwise utilize their content as the Gwaii Trust sees fit.
  • Applicants are encouraged to speak to their local area youth Director, found HERE


For more information, contact:

Dana Bellis, Project Officer
Old Massett Office Telephone: (250) 626-3654 / Toll Free: 1 800 663 2388
Skidegate Office Telephone: (250) 559-8883 / Toll Free: 1 877 559 8883

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