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About the Awards

Eva’s Initiatives and the Sprott Foundation in collaboration with Virgin Unite are pleased to offer four awards of $25,000 each for organizations working with homeless and at-risk youth.

The goal of the awards is to recognize community initiatives that are:

  • Moving beyond responding to the most basic needs of homeless and at-risk youth
  • Demonstrating significant impacts in the lives of vulnerable youth
  • Delivering programs or services aimed at preventing youth homelessness for example when youth are vulnerable do to encounters with criminal justice system, mental health crises, or when exiting from foster care, for example
  • Breaking the cycle of homelessness among youth by integrating supports such as: housing, education, employment, family connections, and interventions to address mental health concerns and/or addictions. This may also include strategies aimed at harm reduction and increasing the social inclusion of marginalized youth.

This is an Awards program, not a funding stream. The objective is to showcase and celebrate programs in Canada that have demonstrated impact in ending youth homelessness in their communities.

Organizations may self-nominate their own program or initiative.

About Eva’s Initiatives

Eva’s works locally and nationally to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness in Canada. In Toronto, we operate 3 purpose-built emergency and transitional facilities that focus on family reconnection, harm reduction, employment, education, and life skills programming. Eva’s National Initiatives works to build the capacity of the youth-serving sector and foster systemic change nationally. We do this through an array of programs and projects, including convening the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness and leading the Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness Program.

What does Eva’s mean by ‘homeless or at-risk of homelessness’?

Homeless youth are those:

  • without physical shelter – living on the street; sleeping outdoors; staying in shelters and emergency hostels; temporarily staying with friends or ‘couch surfing.’

Youth at-risk are:

  • living where there is family conflict or violence
  • living in overcrowded conditions, physically unsafe dwellings, or illegal dwellings
  • living in a household that is paying so much for housing that there is no money left over for other necessities
  • vulnerable to losing their housing for economic, behavioural, addictions, and/or mental or physical health reasons.
  • Community organizations working with young people in age groups between 15 and 30
  • Organizations working with youth in the housing, health, community services, employment and training, justice, and/or education sectors
  • Organizations working with homeless or at-risk youth in large, medium or smaller-sized urban areas
  • Organizations working with Aboriginal youth on- or off-reserve, as well as organizations operating in rural or northern communities

Who is eligible for a $25,000 award?

Programs or initiatives nominated for this award should be operational for one or more years to have sufficient evidence of preventing, reducing and/or ending youth homelessness.

Applicants must be an incorporated non-profit organization in Canada, or a registered charity or an organization sponsored by, or affiliated with, a registered charity.

How do we nominate a program or initiative?

  • Nomination forms can be downloaded from, or requested from
  • Use the nomination form to describe an initiative or program in your organization that is successful in preventing, reducing or ending youth homelessness. The initiative must be operational in 2014 with evidence of results to date.
  • Applications are due by email to no later than 9 pm EST on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
  • Send accompanying documents, such as financial statements or annual report, by email or letter mail, postmarked no later than Thursday January 15, 2015. Mailing address is: Eva’s Initiatives, 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 370, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7  Attention:  Awards Program. If emailing a very large document, send it as an attachment in a separate email.

Who chooses the winners?

Eva’s Initiatives has convened a National Review Panel with members from across the country who have extensive experience working with homeless youth and are leaders in ending youth homelessness in Canada. Winners will be announced in March 2015.

What will the National Review Panel look for?

  • Evidence that the initiative works primarily with youth and has been operational for a year or more
  • Innovative service delivery
  • Systems change initiatives and collaborative partnerships
  • Initiatives fostering greater social inclusion of youth
  • Evidence of positive impacts for youth
  • Evidence of a system for measuring results and outcome

Preference may be given to organizations who are not already participating in other ventures supported by Eva’s Initiatives including the Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness program and the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness.

For more information contact:

Deborah Hierlihy
Awards Coordinator
(613) 471-1348

Our Sponsor

Eva’s Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness are generously sponsored by the Sprott Foundation in collaboration with Virgin Unite.