How does the Sandbox Impact Program Work?

Sandbox Impact Program grants are open to Project Teams supporting child and youth-focused initiatives in Canada. To qualify, applicants must form teams that bring cross-sector expertise to their proposed project. Teams must include:

At least one young person (aged 25 or younger) or youth-led initiative


At least one charity, non-profit organization or foundation


Team members from at least two other organizations whose areas of focus are research, healthcare or policy.

Project Examples

Foundational components towards a child and/or youth health and wellbeing priority

  • Scale up a program or undertake planning to boost sustainability

  • Bring together partners to create an innovative proposal toward a longer-term goal

  • Undertake a multi-sector environmental scan

Strategic communication that bridges information gaps among stakeholders

  • Translate knowledge

  • Develop a position statement or call to action

  • Convene a broader group of stakeholders to address a specific challenge


June 21st, 2019 - Application deadline

July to August 2019 - Review of applications and selection of successful projects:

  • Review of all applications for completeness, fit with criteria & basic due diligence

  • Committee decisions

  • Communication of decisions to all applicants

September 2, 2019 - Announcement of successful Project Team(s)

September 2019 to March 2020 - Project milestones as agreed, on a project-by-project basis.

March 2020 - Final project deliverables due

April 2020 - Presentation of project outcomes at the 2020 Sandbox Summit


Applications for this round of the Sandbox Impact Program are now closed. Successful Project Teams will be notified in September.