Each year, the Colin Higgins Foundation salutes and celebrates courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by awarding $15,000 individual grants to:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 20) who have transformed their experiences with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives.

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winners receive: an individual grant of $15,000.

Due to the overwhelming number of nominations, the Colin Higgins Foundation modified the nominating process in 2021, allowing only for select LGBTQ+ organizations to nominate LGBTQ+ youth.

The LGBTQ+ organization that nominated the eventual winners also receive a $5,000 grant from the Colin Higgins Foundation.