Desjardins Foundation Prizes

Desjardins Foundation Prizes

Have an initiative in mind to motivate young people?
We can provide funding so you can make it happen.

Desjardins Foundation Prizes are for driven school and community workers who would like to benefit from up to $3,000 in financial assistance to run initiatives with kindergarten, elementary or high school students.

In 2023

  • 626 initiatives were supported
  • More than $1.7M was awarded for initiatives
  • 115,500 young people were reached

Application period

The application period runs from October 1 to 31 every year.

Until then, you can get ready by reading the documents below:

Read the 2023 Desjardins Foundation Prizes rules (PDF, 53 KB)

See the information to provide in the application form (PDF, 182 KB)

Important dates


October 1 to 31

Application period

November 1 to 9

Assessment period

November 13 to 24

Desjardins directors, employees and agents vote

Week of December 4

Winners announced


January and February

Prizes awarded

2023 Desjardins Foundation Prize winners

Beyond the Classroom podcast series

Inspiring stories of teachers and educators who, with the help of the Desjardins Foundation Prizes, brought their initiatives to life and helped motivate kids.

Episode 1: Ms. Marie-Pierre's Cards

Description (6 min 35 s)
To foster new relationships and work towards a common goal, a teacher and her special needs students start a greeting card business.

Episode 2: Ms. Forest's Bees

Description (5 min 20 s)
A beehive on a Quebec school's rooftop becomes a group project.

Episode 3: Mr. Guillaume's Graffiti

Description (6 min 40 s)
A youth centre facilitator shares his passion for graffiti, leading a young participant to win a local contest.

Frequently asked questions