Funding Program Directory


Youth Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Youth Grant provides funding to organizations on Haida Gwaii for educational and recreational services aimed at youth. In general, we are interested in applications that support increased opportunities for youth in sports, culture, arts and outdoor activities, reduce barriers to participation, and promote youth leadership.

Youth Centred Communities Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Youth Centred Communities Grant provides a predictable source of revenue to operate youth centres and/or offer youth activities in each community on Haida Gwaii.

Continuing Education Grant – Long Term Course

Intake Currently Closed

The Continuing Education Grant was designed to encourage all Haida Gwaii residents to pursue educational opportunities of all kinds, both on and off-island. This grant can help cover the cost of tuition and materials for courses at recognized universities, colleges, and trades programs, including online courses. Long-term courses are courses that are three months or longer, such as university or college semesters.

Arts Mentorship

Intake Currently Closed

Mentorships allow artists to receive training in an informal environment. This grant pays a wage subsidy to either a mentor or an apprentice to encourage mature artists to share their expertise with emerging artists.

High School Bursary

Intake Currently Closed

In 2006 the Gwaii Trust Society made a commitment to the high schools on Haida Gwaii to establish bursary disbursements on an annual basis. Based on the criteria developed by the High School Scholarship Committee (consisting of a Gwaii Trust representative, principal, parents, and teachers), students are eligible for a bursary that ranges from a minimum of $300 to a maximum of $3000.

Youth Leadership Award

Intake Currently Closed

In 2013, the Gwaii Trust Youth Board created the Youth Leadership Awards. Each year the Trust awards $1,000.00 ($500 each) to go to two deserving students for their outstanding leadership within their school or community.

Food Security Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Food Security Grant provides stable, annual funding to organizations that support access to food for the residents of Haida Gwaii.

Arts Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Arts Grant is designed to encourage the development of artistic skills and expression on Haida Gwaii. The grant has a long history of supporting diverse and creative projects in a wide range of media. We welcome applications from individual artists who seek to explore new ideas and advance their work. We also welcome applications from organizations for a wide range of areas, including community-based art projects that are accessible to all.

Community and Holiday Events Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Community and Holiday Events Grant provides up to $16,000 annually to each Gwaii Trust Community for public events. The purpose of the grant is to help support open and accessible community events for the residents of Haida Gwaii.

Community Innovation Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Community Innovation Grant funds innovative small projects that will contribute to enhancing the overall wellbeing of islanders, our communities, and Haida Gwaii. We welcome applicants from a wide range of areas such as education, wellness, infrastructure, and training to apply. Community Innovation is our “catch all” program for small grants.

Continuing Education Grant – Short Term Course

Intake Currently Closed

The Continuing Education Grant was designed to encourage all Haida Gwaii residents to pursue educational opportunities of all kinds, both on and off-island. This grant can help cover the cost of tuition and course materials for courses at recognized universities, colleges, and trades programs, including online courses. Short-term courses are defined as courses that take less than three months to complete.

Major Contributions Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Major Contributions Grant is designed to support larger projects in community infrastructure and planning. Our goal is to help build safer, healthier, and more attractive communities. Major Contributions is designed to help enhance the lives of all islanders and make our island a more desirable place to live, work, play and visit.

Travel Assistance Grant – Group

Intake Currently Closed

The Group Travel Assistance Grant is open to all residents of Haida Gwaii, as well as local schools and non-profit organizations. This grant helps teams and other groups travel off-island to participate in educational, cultural, arts, sports and seniors’ events. It can also be used to help fund on-island travel for school groups.

Travel Assistance Grant – Individual

Intake Currently Closed

The Individual Travel Assistance Grant helps residents travel off-island to participate in educational, cultural, arts, sports and seniors’ events. This grant can also help with travel costs to bring expertise on-island for educational, arts, cultural, sports, seniors and special needs purposes.

Arts Workshop

Intake Currently Closed

The Arts Workshop Grant aims to support artistic development through learning opportunities for artists and residents of Haida Gwaii. The Arts Workshop Grants can fund travel for individual artists or groups of artists to attend workshops off-island, or to bring facilitators to Haida Gwaii to deliver workshops here.

Haida Language Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The purpose of the Haida Language grant is to support initiatives to revitalize and sustain the Haida language. Financial support is directed at the three Haida language organizations here, enabling them to pursue projects that will improve fluency, transfer knowledge from one generation to the next, and nurture mentorships.

Kids Camps Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The purpose of this grant is to provide stable and predictable funding to Kids Camps on Haida Gwaii. Our goal is to help the camps continue operating, for the benefit of local youth. Through this program, we are helping to provide youth with access to outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural lessons.

School District Grants

Intake Currently Closed

A strategic priority at Gwaii Trust is supporting healthy and active youth on Haida Gwaii. In support of this goal, we provide annual grants to School District 50 to help students access healthy foods, to enhance educational experiences, and to recognize youth leadership.

School Food Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The School Food Grant’s primary focus is to make nutritious and culturally appropriate food more accessible to students. This program is administered by School District 50 and provides funding towards food programs for each school on Haida Gwaii. For details on how the funding is allocated, contact the School Board office. Contact Adrienne Bertrand by email adrienne.bertrand@gwaiitrust.com for an application or with questions.

COVID19 Response Grant

Intake Currently Closed

Supporting local governments, non-profit organizations, health authorities and emergency service providers who are serving those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Haida Gwaii.

Haida Gwaii Staycation Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Haida Gwaii Staycation Grant provides financial assistance for Haida Gwaii residents to explore the adventure opportunities we have in our backyard and support open Haida Gwaii tourism businesses.

Food Sovereignty Grant

Intake Currently Closed

The Food Sovereignty Grant funds small projects that will contribute to improving local food production, harvesting and distribution in a way that is sustainable in the long term. The ultimate goal is to improve food security and self-sufficiency on Haida Gwaii.

Special Projects Grant

Intake Currently Closed

Occasionally Gwaii Trust provides grant funding for strategic projects that don’t fit into our typical granting streams and fall outside our annual budgets. Special Projects grants support projects that are large in scale, of all Island benefit, and align with the strategic priorities of Gwaii Trust and Haida Gwaii.

Green Shield Canada Oral and Mental Health Care Grant

Intake Currently Closed

Green Shield Canada Oral and Mental Health Care Grant