Want to take action through health advocacy and leadership?

Make your HIV initiative come to life.


The Winning Seed is your opportunity to realize your dream project with the help of a micro-grant and mentorship!

Are you between the ages of 15 and 29? Young people play an essential role in Canada’s HIV response and we know that you have the potential to make a big difference in your community!

We started the Winning Seed Contest to support young people like you to realize their vision and help bring us one step closer to ending the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2030!

What's your idea? We believe in it!


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Step 2

Propose your solution

Propose your solution!

We want to hear from you however big or small your project is! Possible ideas?

  • holding an awareness or fundraising event

  • launching an advocacy campaign

  • developing web resources

  • creating artistic pieces

The possibilities are endless!

Step 4

Realize your project!

Realize your project!

The first place winner will receive:

  • $1000 micro-grant (for project planning and development)

  • $500 cash prize (for you!)

  • 1 year of mentorship to plan and develop your project.

Step 3

Pitch your idea

Pitch your idea!

Three finalists will be invited to pitch their project to the jury.

Project pitches will be held during Youth-HIV week (April 10-14, 2023: Date TBC).

Step 1

Identify an issue

Identify an issue related to HIV.

The problem you choose to tackle and the solution you propose should also be related to one or more of the following themes:


1st place:

  • $500 cash prize (for you!)

2nd & 3rd place:

  • Mystery prize

First 10 qualifying applications:

  • $50 cash prize!


Only 2 parts to your submission!


Video Submission (max. 5 minutes)

This will help the judges get to know you and the inspiration behind your project.

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Your video should not exceed 5 minutes. In your video, you should:

  • Introduce yourself

  • Introduce your project

  • Explain the inspiration behind your project

  • Explain what you want to achieve through your project


Written Submission

This will be your opportunity to provide more details about your project

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When submitting your proposal, you will be asked the following:

  • Your proposed project title

  • A summary of your project

    • Which issue does your project tackle?

    • What solution are you bringing to the table?

    • How does your project link to the selected theme (SDG)?

    • Who will benefit from your initiative (target group(s))?

    • Briefly list the steps involved in executing your project

  • How long do you anticipate your project will take?

  • Can you provide a preliminary list of resources needed to execute the project?

  • Do you have any sources/data to support your project? If so, please list the sources below and briefly explain how they support your project (1-2 sentences per source)

  • How much time do you plan to dedicate to your project on a weekly basis?


Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:


How realistic is your project?

Time Frame

While we are open to longer projects, the mentorship is offered for 1-year and we recommend that your project should be achievable within this timeframe.


The bigger the impact on the community the better


Think outside the box!


In order to apply, you must be:

  • 14-29 years old

  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee

  • An individual or a group (we recommend that team size does not exceed 5 people)

  • Motivated to make positive change in your community!