‘It’s a dream come true’: Arctic Inspiration Prize offers $3 million to Northern projects

Seven organizations from across the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut received money for future projects

Why It Matters

Few opportunities exist for Northern-based non-profits or charities to secure funding for new projects. Those that do exist often have application or reporting requirements that make them inaccessible. The Arctic Inspiration Prize operates on a different model.

Seven organizations across Canada’s North won a total of $3 million from the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) on Friday to fund projects ranging from food security improvements to teaching Inuit children music. 

For the last nine years, the Arctic Inspiration Prize has awarded money to promising education, sustainable housing, health, arts, language, science, and traditional knowledge projects based in the North. Winning teams are expected to use their award to jump-start a project or initiative that will benefit Northern communities. 

“The $3 million in seed money awarded each year means the teams are able to get their projects off the ground and make their dreams come true, and the dreams of the communities, come true,” said Hannah Uniuqsaraq, chair of the AIP Charitable Trust, in an interview. 

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