Future Ground Prize 2022 is now open for submissions!
“It’s critical that people at the community level champion climate action and get people to take steps every day. It’s those little actions that add up to a big difference.” – David Suzuki
The David Suzuki Foundation is proud to announce the second edition of the Future Ground Prize, presented by Desjardins and supported by Nature’s Way. Submissions are being accepted until April 10, 2022!
This contest will celebrate youth-led initiatives throughout Ontario and British Columbia that are making positive impacts on the environment in local communities.
The contest is open for submissions from youth groups in Ontario and British Columbia until April 10, after which the 15 hand-selected Grand Prize finalists will be presented to our esteemed jury. The jury will choose the initiative to be awarded the $5,000 bursary, courtesy of Desjardin.
Once the 15 finalists have been selected, the public can vote from May 16 to June 13 for initiatives to win the People’s Choice Prize and a new category, the Rising Star Prize for youth initiatives led by those aged five to 14!
Winners will be announced on June 22, 2022, at a virtual awards ceremony. A date will also be arranged for the winners’ virtual meet-and-greet with David Suzuki.
Thank you for your submissions. We look forward to meeting you!
Please complete the form to submit your application for the Future Ground Prize in Ontario and British Columbia!
Please note only one entry per initiative is permitted.
Once you have started to fill out the application form you cannot save it to complete at a later time.
Deadline for applications: April 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.
Please see the Future Ground Prize Rules for any questions!
Other Future Ground Prize Finalists
Ajashki – Means Soil in Algonquin Language
Come Grow and Play
Milky Way Garden and Climate Hub
Oasis Food Hub Project
Outdoor Learning Project
Rural Urban Indigenous Faming Allies Now!
Small Homes, Big Community Heart
The Pandemic & Plastic: Tracking PPE Litter
Tree Planting with OYEP
Frequently Asked Questions
The David Suzuki Foundation believes that empowering people in Canada to be environmental leaders in their communities is key to building a better tomorrow. Sharing stories of inspiration helps motivate others to act. With this contest, we hope to help mobilize environmental leaders and create meaningful change, starting at the community level.
This spring, the contest returns for an eighth time in Quebec, a second time in Ontario and for the first time in British Columbia.
This year, the Future Ground Prize is also launching a youth edition to reward the commitment of people ages five to 25.
No, there is no financial obligation or financial requirement to participate.
The Future Ground Prize is open to any group, collective, association, committee, organization, youth organization (cooperatives, non-profit organizations, etc.) or school (elementary, high school or university/college) that is taking concrete and positive action to accelerate community ecological action, with the majority of members between the ages of five and 25. The only condition is that they must be established in Ontario, British Columbia or Quebec.
Projects must be in progress at the contest start date, with actions already completed and with strong capacity for mobilization.
Please note that for-profit companies or organizations are not eligible to participate.
For more information, please refer to our rules and regulations.
Unfortunately, the contest is only available in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, but we hope to launch throughout Canada soon!
There are three Future Ground Prizes, including a Grand Prize (chosen by our jury), a People’s Choice Prize (selected by voting) and a Rising Stars Prize (selected by the jury and voting).
- Grand Prize (jury): Win $5,000 offered by the Desjardins Group, a private virtual meeting with David Suzuki and an invitation to present to David at a virtual event in June.
- People’s Choice Prize (by voting): Win $2,500 offered by the Desjardins Group and attend our virtual event in June where finalists present their projects to David Suzuki and the public.
- Rising Stars Prize (by jury and voting): Win $1,000 offered by the Desjardins Group and an invitation to a virtual event in June where finalists present their projects to David Suzuki.
Being a finalist in the Future Ground Prize will help garner public recognition for your group’s work, raising awareness of your initiative and positioning you as a leader in the socio-environmental transition.
Applicants can only win one award. If your project wins both the Grand (jury) and People’s Choice awards, you will only receive the jury prize. In such a case, the People’s Choice Prize would go to the project with the second-highest vote count.
For this youth edition of the contest, in addition to the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Prize, the Future Ground Prize and Prix Demain are introducing the Rising Stars Prize.
Every year we receive an increasing number of applications from primary schools and thousands of votes for their inspiring initiatives. However, it can be more difficult for five- to 14-year-olds to mobilize in their communities and get their projects noticed by the media and community members. It is also a way to reward the young generations who are mobilizing and becoming actors of change.
Jury members will select the winner from among the 15 finalists, taking into account the mobilization capacity of each project and the number of public votes they received.
We know it will be difficult to determine only 15 finalists from all the eligible projects in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, but if you want to increase your chances, please follow these essential criteria. A project must:
- be already in progress at the start date of the contest with actions already completed.
- have a concrete positive impact on the environment and within your community.
- be sustainable: the initiative is already making an impact and you already have well-established plans for the next steps.
- have a strong capacity for mobilization.
For more information, please refer to our rules and regulations.
We carefully selected diverse juries for all three provinces to represent as many people and communities from throughout Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec as possible. From artists and youth to Indigenous community leaders and media representatives, jury members will bring a broad range of perspectives in choosing our finalists and winners. Visit the Future Ground Prize and Prix Demain jury.
If the jury decision is tied, the juror representative from the David Suzuki Foundation will make the final decision.
If you previously entered but did not win, you can enter again by registering this year from March 14 to April 10. However, if you have already won in previous years, you can no longer participate.