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Youth 4 Action

About the Youth 4 Action Grants Program

The Canadian Cancer Society invites groups of youth ages 14-24 to use their skills and creativity to educate their peers about cancer prevention and advocate for policy changes in their communities that support health.  A grant of up to $300 is available to youth groups to carry out prevention, advocacy, and fundraising activities.

As part of the Youth 4 Action program, youth leaders receive online training, guidance, and topic specific resources to support their project.  A toolkit of ideas is sent to each grant recipient to help the group be successful. 

Groups select one of the 4 topics to be the focus of their cancer prevention initiative:

  • Big Tobacco Lies: Join a movement of youth determined to expose the deceitful and manipulative ways that the tobacco industry markets their products to youth.
  • Tanning is Out: Encourage your peers to embrace their natural glow while protecting their skin from the harmful effects of the sun and tanning beds.
  • Rethink Sugary Drinks: Educate your peers about sugary drinks and choosing healthy beverages while also learning more about the marketing tactics the food industry uses to make sugary drinks more attractive to youth 
  • Get Active, Stay Active! : Set up opportunities for youth to experience how being active is fun while learning about the positive benefits of regular physical activity on preventing cancer.   

Eligibility & Application Requirements 

High school, post-secondary and community-based youth groups in Ontario, comprised mostly of youth ages 14-24, are eligible for a Youth 4 Action grant.

To apply for a grant, read and agree to the terms and conditions outlined below and then click the link to complete the online application form. Youth leaders are welcome to submit the online application but must first get approval from an adult ally (teacher/professor, guidance counselor, principal, parent council member, youth worker, Public Health Nurse, Canadian Cancer Society staff or volunteer, etc.) If you are over 18 years of age an adult ally is recommended but not required. 

There are two application periods each school year. See below for upcoming deadlines and important dates.


Applications open

October 3, 2016

February 20, 2017

Applications closes

October 15, 2016, 2016

March 3, 2017

Notifications of acceptance

October 17-21, 2016

March 6-10, 2017

Training sessions

October 22-November4, 2016

March 13-24, 2017

Projects may start after

November 11, 2016

April 3, 2017

Projects completed by

January 31, 201

June 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Application Form

Terms and Conditions

Past Funded Projects



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