What is the program?

The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGIC) is committed to fostering respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities, and supporting their conservation efforts as the original stewards of what is now known as Canada. Indigenous communities often bear the brunt of environmental inequity, climate change, and biodiversity loss. The Indigenous Micro-grants Program equips youth with resources to support projects that address environmental crises in their communities.

As intergenerational knowledge transfer is an important part of land stewardship and revitalization, this program encourages youth to connect with their intergenerational allies towards long-term, sustainable solutions.

Applications are currently closed for this year. Check back later to learn about the incredible projects this program has supported.

JGIC’s Indigenous Micro-grants Program will offer grants up to $5,000 to assist Indigenous youth and their intergenerational allies in developing projects that advance one of the following themes:

  • Reconciliation and decolonization in the conservation sector
  • Preserving the environment for future generations
  • Strengthening Indigenous youth resilience and promoting well-being
  • Youth-identified themes

This project is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps. Ce projet est financé par le gouvernement du Canada dans le cadre de Service jeunesse Canada

Who is eligible to apply?

Projects that are:

  • Youth-led, meaning the majority of beneficiaries or participants are 35 years or younger (projects involving youth between ages of 15-25 years old will be prioritized)
  • Supported or led by an Indigenous organization or community, or First Nation
  • Advance at least one of the themes listed above.

A supporting or lead organization that is: 

  • A CRA registered charity or society, or other CRA qualified donee
  • First Nation, or department of a First Nations government body
  • Canadian elementary, secondary, or post-secondary educational institution

This is not an exhaustive list; if you are unsure if your organization or project are eligible please apply and a JGIC staff member will contact you to review your application and confirm your eligibility.


Our Resource section includes things like our Climate Change Curriculum Guide and our Biodiversity Guide. These can be helpful tools for any project!