Active, Resilient, Connected (ARC) Grants

Apply for funding to help your community stay Active, Resilient, and Connected during COVID-19 with an ARC grant. Organizations are encouraged to apply for up to $1,000 to host three recreation opportunities that follow public health directives and are free and open to the public, whether online or in-person; or up to $500 to purchase recreation equipment that is made available to everyone in the community to use for free.

ARC grant applications are now open! Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2020.

Funds are limited. Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

* IMPORTANT: Any use of grant funds must be in line with GNWT public health directives at the time the grant is used (for events, this means at the time of the event); please also read up-to-date guidelines for Gatherings and Events. Emerging Wisely: Path to Eased Public Health Restrictions should also be consulted.

How do I apply?

Click here to fill out your application.

Funds are limited. Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When is the application period?

ARC grant applications are now open! Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2020.

Funds are limited. Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What do I need to do to receive funding?

The following conditions must be met in order to receive ARC funding:

  • An NWT community organization will either plan, organize, and host three recreation opportunities that follow GNWT public health directives, whether online or in-person (see details below);
  • OR an NWT community organization will purchase (this includes shipping) and look after (this includes sanitizing) recreation equipment that will be made available to everyone in the community to use for free while following GNWT public health directives (see details below);
  • Applications must fit within one of the grant categories (see details below);
  • All events and equipment must be free for anyone attending the event or using the equipment;
  • All events and equipment must be open and available to the public;
  • Participants must attend the events or use the equipment;
  • The events must occur, or the equipment be purchased and used, between the specified dates (see details below); and
  • final electronic report must be submitted.

What type of funding is available?

Grants will be awarded in the following categories:

  1. Community recreation opportunities. $375 – $750
  • In-Person (Physically Distant) Events: Three community-oriented physical activity events held in person and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event — $750
    Examples: Nordic walking, sliding, snowshoeing, a cross-country ski loppet, winter tennis, on the land opportunities, etc.
  • Online Events: Three community-oriented physical activity events held online and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event — $375
    Examples: Online fitness classes, physical activity challenges, dance classes or competitions (jigging anyone?), etc.
  • Equipment: Recreation equipment that is free for everyone in the community to use following GNWT public health directives at the time of equipment use. — $375

Examples: Yoga mats or snowshoes that can be borrowed by anyone for free, and which are sanitized once they are returned. Items that can be lent out to encourage community members to go out on the land also fit this category!

  • — $375
    Examples: Yoga mats or snowshoes that can be borrowed by anyone for free, and which are sanitized once they are returned.

2. Elder recreation opportunities. $500 – $1,000

  • In-Person (Physically Distant) Events: Three Elder events held in person and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event— $1,000
    Examples: Elders Yoga, Wii and Tea, Elders jigging party, walking bingo, etc.
  • Online Events: Three Elder events held online and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event — $500
    Examples: Online fitness or dance classes, physical activity challenges, sewing groups, etc.
  • Equipment: Recreation equipment that is free for Elders in the community to use following GNWT public health directives at the time of equipment use. — $500
    Examples: Balls, bands, or walking poles that can be borrowed by any Elder for free, and which are sanitized once they are returned.

When do I get the funding?

Each grant will be awarded in two parts. When an application is approved, half the grant will be sent to the organization. After all events take place, or after the equipment is purchased and put to use, and you submit your final report, you will receive the remaining half of the grant.

What can I use the money for?

You can use the grant for costs related to the events, such as:

  • Equipment purchase* or rental
  • Rental space or venue fees
  • Instructor fees
  • Event promotion and advertising
  • Healthy snacks
  • Hand sanitizers or other items to help you follow GNWT public health directives at your events

* Purchasing equipment that can be used by community members for years to come is one way to make the most out of the grant money you receive. Walking poles purchased for events, for example, can be used by the community long after the events have ended.

You can use the grant for costs related to the equipment, such as:

  • Recreation equipment purchase
  • Shipping fees
  • Sanitizing and cleaning items to help you follow GNWT public health directives when using/lending equipment

Prize Pack Information

All approved organizations that host events, whether online or in-person, will receive an ARC prize pack to use at their events.

Prize items may be used for participant giveaways, volunteer gifts, or as draw prizes.

Important Dates for Winter 2020-2021

  • Applications will be accepted from September 1 – October 16, 2020.
  • Events must occur, or equipment must be purchased and used, between October 1, 2020 – March 15, 2021.
  • final electronic report must be submitted by March 15, 2021.

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