Northern Youth Cultural Fund


May 15, 2023

If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.

Type of Funding: Project Funding

The Northern Youth Cultural Fund (NYCF), delivered in partnership with the Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District (NSCRD), provides funding for cultural, artistic or creative inter-active activities for children and youth ages 4 to 19 in northern Saskatchewan. This funding initiative is made possible thanks to the support of Sask Lotteries.

Applicants are encouraged to connect with NSCRD staff for guidance regarding their application. Please contact Ryan Karakochuk, NSCRD Program Manager, at 306-688-3233 or email, or visit for a representative in your area.


Maximum Grant Amount: Up to 100% of eligible project expenses, to a maximum of $5,000.


The Northern Youth Cultural Fund aims to fund programs that:

  • connect children and youth to unique, life-changing artistic and cultural experiences in their communities;
  • provide all children and youth with the opportunity to participate in creative activities regardless of economic barriers they may face;
  • provide financial support so all kids have an opportunity to participate in creative activities like drama, art, dance, culture, and music; and
  • support cultural programming, which is critical to a healthy, vibrant community.

Priority will be given to:

  • The equitable distribution of funds across the northern District;
  • Projects and organizations not already funded significantly by other Lottery-supported grant programs;
  • Projects with a focus on implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action or other reconciliation efforts. 


  • All activities must take place within the established boundary of the Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District and be for children and youth located in that district (see district map).
  • Programs must demonstrate a primary cultural, artistic or creative focus.
  • All activities, expenditures and follow up reports must be expended and/or completed within 12 months of the program start date.
  • Programs must be for children and youth up to age 19 facing financial barriers to cultural, creative, or artistic participation.
  • Projects that commence sooner than 4 weeks after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Retroactive program funding is not eligible.

Before You Apply

Step One - Who Can Apply?

Download the Grant Guidelines (posted in the right-hand column) and review the Applicant Eligibility criteria on Page 1 

Step Two - What Projects are Eligible?

Review the Project Eligibility Guidelines on Pages 2 & 3

Step Three - What Costs Are Covered?

Review the Eligible and Ineligible Cost Guidelines on Page 3

Step Four - Are You Ready to Apply?

Review the Application Requirements and Process Guidelines on Page 4 and download the Application Checklist & Sample Questions (posted in the right-hand column)

Step Five - Contact Us

Contact a Northern District staff representative in your area before submitting an application. Visit for contact information.

Step Six - Apply!

Sign-up or log-in to SaskCulture's Online Grant Platform to complete and submit your application.

Northern District



Due to the COVID-19 implications and government restrictions, SaskCulture wants applicants to this funding program to know that:

  • All applicants will be required to agree, within the application, that they will follow appropriate public health guidelines
  • They need to carefully read the grant guidelines for COVID-19 restrictions regarding large in-person public events;
  • Groups are encouraged to consider requesting support for online-based cultural activities;
  • Applicants are encouraged to organize events with clearly articulated cancellation policies and agreements on payments; and
  • SaskCulture requires written or verbal notice of postponements or cancellations of funded events and activities.

If you have any questions about SaskCulture programs and services, please contact Outreach Consultant listed on this page. 

Past Recipients

  • To see past grant recipients, visit the Previous Grant Recipients link in the RELATED CONTENT menu on the right.

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