The TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries provide up to $10,000 to a young person, aged 18-30, who has demonstrated excellence in using the arts to address issues of concern in disadvantaged communities in Canada.

Over one-year period, successful applicants are expected to work one-on-one with mentors, who provide personalized support to help them enhance their skills and capacity to use various artistic mediums as tools to address social, cultural and economic issues of concern in their communities.

Over the last two years, bursary recipients have developed initiatives designed to enhance academic success in math among at-risk youth, improve self-esteem and combat suicide among Inuit in the Arctic, empower Indigenous BC youth to offer compelling alternatives to criminal gangs, and give a voice to racialized women who have been affected by the criminal justice system. More than 14,000 people have been directly touched by the bursary program.

For the 2015-2016 edition of the bursaries, the Foundation is scaling up the program by collaborating with established organizations, like the Toronto Public Library and the Government of Nunavut, to enhance the scope and impact of the projects in a way that will directly touch over one million Canadians.

Please note that the application deadline for TD Michaëlle Jean program has passed.

To be eligible bursary recipients must be:

  • Between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Demonstrate experience of the impact of the arts in an underserved community/neighbourhood (“arts” are broadly defined to include all forms of creative expression)
  • Propose a new project or extension of an existing project that demonstrates using the arts as tools of social change in your underserved community
  • Been recommended by, and preferably supported by, a community association.

To see the 2015 recipients and learn about their projects.

To learn about the new 2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Award for refugee, migrant and immigrant youth in Canada.

To see the 2014 recipients and learn about their projects.

To see the 2013 recipients and their projects.

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