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Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP)

Grants to Northern Canada Teams of Organizations
and Individuals to Address Community Needs

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Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP)

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Deadline Date:

10/15/19 11:59 PM PT


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Grants to Northern Canada 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.

Grants are available in the following categories:
- Arctic Inspiration Prize
- $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize
- Youth AIP

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.

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 2020.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174884

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Number of Grants:

$1 Million AIP: up to one prize; AIP: up to four prizes; Youth AIP: up to seven prizes

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1 Million AIP: $1 Million CAD
AIP: Up to $500,000 CAD
Youth AIP: Up to $100,000 CAD

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Team Diversity
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.).
- $1 Million and AIP categories: Teams that are not diverse are not eligible.
- Youth Category: A Youth team might preferably reach out to one or more of these additional groups.

2. Geographic Diversity:
- $1 Million category: It is preferred that the Team Leader and the majority of the team be Northerners. A team composed only of Southerners is not eligible.
- AIP and Youth categories: The Team Leader and the majority of the team are required to be Northerners.

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.

3. Age Requirements
- $1 Million and AIP categories: There are no age requirements. Youth (30 years of age or younger) are eligible as well.
- Youth Category: Team Leaders and the majority of team members must be 30 years of age or younger at the nomination deadline.

The Arctic Inspiration Prize is about inspiring diverse teams to initiate and implement new, innovative, novel projects with real, relevant impacts. Nominations for the continuation, expansion, or replication in another location of an already established initiative are not eligible.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Teams need to be nominated by an official AIP Ambassador independent from the team. Nominators must not be team members, belong to organizations or groups connected to the project, nor be in any way connected to the activities, outputs, or management/administration of the proposed plan.

- Optional Letter of Intent: September 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT
- The Arctic Inspiration Prize will confirm receipt of submitted Letters of Intent within one week. The office will respond with written feedback within two weeks.
- Submission of Nomination Package: October 15, 2019 11:59 p.m. PT
- The Arctic Inspiration Prize office will confirm receipt of the nomination within one week of receipt by e-mail to the Team Leader and Nominator.

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.

Project buy-in:
- $1 million and AIP categories: Proposed projects require buy-in from partners and are encouraged to have buy-in from team members. Buy-in can be in the form of in-kind or cash contributions. Buy‑in is required to be at least $200,000 (20% of the amount requested from the AIP) but cannot exceed $1 million.
- Youth Category: Projects preferably have some buy-in from partners and/or from team members, which can be in-kind or cash contributions towards the project.

Submitting your nomination:

Contact Information:

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

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An electronic copy of the complete nomination should be submitted to the Arctic Inspiration
Prize office by:
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If you have questions, please contact:
Arctic Inspiration Prize
9 Rideau Gate
Ottawa, ON K1M 1M6
Phone: 613-277-4074

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