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Up to fifteen projects will be selected from the project stream. One project will be selected from each region to receive a $750 micro-grant, another to receive a $1000 micro-grant. Three additional projects will be selected to receive a $1500 micro-grant.

Who can participate?

  • K-G12 and CÉGEP (or 6 to 21 years old) — can submit plans for school or community projects for selection to receive a micro-grant to complete the project. 
  • Family members of those who worked directly with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, or directly with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, are welcome to participate but will not be selected for a micro-grant.

Micro-Grant Parameters:

Requirements for micro-grant projects:

For a project to be eligible for a micro-grant, the following requirements must be met:

  • A school or community organization must be identified as a partner.
  • A youth project lead must be identified and must commit to reporting on the impact of the project and completing required follow up.
  • Projects must be focused on fostering reconciliation in the youth’s community or school.
  • Funded activities cannot include making a cash donation to a charity or purchases benefitting a single individual. The project must benefit the larger community or school and activities must be carried out by youth themselves.
  • Materials and supplies purchased for the project must be donated to the community or school partner at the end of the project.
  • It is important for youth to involve their peers as much as possible when implementing the project.

Micro-grants will be given to up 15 projects from the project stream:

  • 6 grants of $750 (1 per region)
  • 6 grants of $1000 (1 per region)
  • 3 grants of $1500 (open to all regions)

In order to be considered for a micro-grant, a project must have identified an organizational partner. Partners can be schools or community-based organizations but must meet certain criteria to ensure that they have the capacity to offer the necessary support and guidance to youth leaders.

Youth must submit a letter of support from the partnering school or community organization which indicates their support of the project if it has been chosen for a micro-grant.

After receiving a micro-grant and participating in leadership training to refine project plans, the youth lead will be expected to provide a check-in midway through implementation of their project. Additionally, the youth lead must provide a final report as to how their project went, its impacts on school or community, and how the funds were spent.

Timelines for final completion of all projects will coincide with either the school year, if the school is the partner organization, or an August deadline if the youth leader is partnering with a community-based organization.

Submission Process:

Please read the following instructions carefully before submitting your project.

  1. Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. CT, February 16th, 2024. We will accept submissions by email and snail mail, the post mark should be February 16th.
  2. Please contact us in advance of our deadline for any assistance or direction about the submission process.
  3. Submissions must include a completed submission form with all fields filled in, and include the appropriate signatures. Projects submitted with incomplete forms will be ineligible for consideration.
  4. Contents of the submission are considered public information once submitted and should not include private or privileged information.
  5. Submissions must include a letter of support from the community or school partner. Projects submitted without a letter of support will be ineligible for consideration. A letter of support should include confirmation that if the project is selected to receive a micro-grant, that they will be able to manage finances on behalf of the youth.

Submission Checklist:

Ready to submit your project? Review the checklist:

  • Identify project youth lead
  • Identify up to 2 additional project representatives
  • Review submission form to ensure it has:
    • All fields filled out
    • Correct contact information
    • Completed essay questions
    • Project summary
    • Project budget
  • Letter of support from school or community organizational partner

Submission Forms:

Interactive Word Document Version

Printable Version PDF

Organizational Partners:

Example Projects:

Key Dates and Recommended Project Timeline:

Selection Process:

Financial Support:

Support for Imagine a Canada program comes from IG Wealth Management and Power Corporation of Canada.

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