Canadian Geographic Education


Phyllis Arnold Professional Development Grant

The Phyllis Arnold Professional Development Grant supports the career growth and educational capacity of Canadian educators working in the field of geography by encouraging participation in a wide range of development opportunities and school initiatives.


Phyllis Arnold, a former Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, has invested in geographic education by establishing an endowment fund in her name to strengthen pedagogy and practice in Canadian schools. Phyllis Arnold’s Arnold Publishing has sold approximately one million innovative and highly visual geography, history and social sciences texts nationwide.

Canadian teachers, regardless of the career stage they are in, are invited to apply for a Phyllis Arnold Professional Development Grant to enhance their ability to deliver quality geographic education within their school community. Applications are accepted annually from educators who are actively teaching in K-12 classrooms in Canada. The grant must be applied primarily towards professional development, and can be extended towards the enhancement of pedagogy and educational practices in support of geographic literacy. Recipients are selected by a jury of Can Geo Education Executive members.

Amounts and Deadlines

Each year, Can Geo Education offers three grants of $1,000 to assist in the participation of geography-focused professional development and the enhancement of pedagogy and educational practices in support of geographic literacy in the current academic year.

Applications must be received by October 31, 2024. Recipients will be announced in November, 2024.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form below, ensuring that you fill out all fields. Please note that all professional development opportunities and school initiatives must take place during the 2024/2025 academic year.


All recipients are required to submit a report outlining the professional development experience, any additional ways in which the grant was applied, and the resulting benefits. All recipients will be asked to provide proof of professional development/conference attendance and school initiatives that were implemented.

Application Form

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