Apply for the Youth Justice Fund 2017 (Up to $500,000)

Apply for the Youth Justice Fund 2017 (Up to $500,000)

Deadline: August 31, 2017

The Youth Justice Fund is currently accepting new funding proposals for projects. The Justice Fund, by the Canadian Department of Justice, provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage development and implementation for a more effective youth justice in the Canadian system.

It supports professional development activities, such as training and conferences, for justice professionals and youth service providers. It encourages projects which enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. And additionally, it funds research on the youth justice system and related youth justice issues. Projects addressing gaps in services for indigenous youth in conflict with the law will be prioritized for funding in order to respond to the overrepresentation of young Indigenous Canadians in the criminal justice system. The Youth Justice Fund has three components: the Main Fund, Drug Treatment, and Guns, Gangs and Drugs. Given limited funding, it is anticipated that approximately 5 pilot projects will be able to be funded.


  • The Main Fund: It supports a broad range of projects with youth involved in the justice system. Current funding priorities include youth with mental health issues and/or cognitive impairments such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
  • The Drug Treatment: This component supports drug treatment programming for youth involved in the justice system.
  • The Guns, Gangs and Drugs: This component responds to youth involved in the justice system and involved in, or vulnerable to, gun, gang and drug activities. It promotes the provision of community-based educational, cultural, sporting and vocational opportunities to these youth to allow them to make “smart choices” and resist gang involvement or exit gangs.


  • The Fund generally supports projects for no more than $500,000, for a period of up to three years.


All of the following are eligible for funding:

  • Non-profit community organizations, societies, and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose;
  • Canadian institutions/boards of education;
  • Bands, First Nations, Tribal Councils, local, regional and national Aboriginal organizations;
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments and their agencies and institutions;
  • Private sector organizations as long as such organizations will not make a profit on the work performed;
  • For-profit enterprises, research/evaluation organizations and individuals are eligible for funding to conduct research and evaluation activities; and,
  • Individuals.


Projects must meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Projects must target youth who are between the ages of 12 and 17 and currently in conflict with the law;
  • Establish special measures for violent young offenders;
  • Improve the system’s ability to rehabilitate and reintegrate young offenders;
  • Increase the use of measures, outside the formal court process, that are often more effective in addressing some types of less serious offending;
  • Establish a more targeted approach to the use of custody for young people; and
  • Increase the use of community-based sentences for less serious offending.


  • Should your project appear to fit within the Fund’s mandate, objectives and priorities, you can then complete the online application.
  • Information cannot be saved. Please ensure you are able to complete the form in a single session before starting.

For more information, visit the Youth Justice Fund.