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Apply for funding to help your community stay Active, Resilient, and Connected

during COVID-19 with an ARC grant.

** NEW ** Costs of living in the NWT are very different from community to community. We have made changes to how grants are distributed so that all communities are able to provide physical activity events that are free and open to the public. This year we have increased the base amount of $850 (for community events) and $1,150 (for elder events) and will offer additional support to communities where the cost of living is higher (base on the Northwest Territories Food Price Index, found at https://www.statsnwt.ca/prices-expenditures/community-price-index/).

* 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.

2021 ARC Grants

We are no longer accepting applications. Please submit your report using the form below. 

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

When is the applictaion period?

Applications will be open from September 7 to October 1, 2021.

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 funding:

  • The event must be free for participants;

  • People must attend the event;

  • The event must be open to the public;

  • The event must take place between October 1 and March 15; and

  • A final report on your event must be submitted by March 15, 2022.

What type of funding is available?

There are 4 categories of grants as described below:

Community recreation opportunities — $425–$850

1) In-Person (Physically Distant) Events ($850): Three community-oriented physical activity events held in person and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event

Examples: Nordic walking, sliding, snowshoeing, a cross-country ski loppet, winter tennis, on the land opportunities, etc.

2) Online Recreation Event/ Professional Development ($425): Three community-oriented physical activity events held online and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event

3) Equipment ($500: Recreation equipment that is free for everyone in the community to use following GNWT public health directives at the time of equipment use.

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!

Elder recreation opportunities — $1,150

In-Person (Physically Distant) Events: Three Elder events held in person and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event
Examples: Elders Yoga, Wii and Tea, Elders jigging party, walking bingo, etc.

What type of event will be approved?

Applicable events include those that celebrate June is Recreation and Parks Month or Senior Citizens’ Month.

There are a number of special days in June, which provide the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the many benefits of recreation and parks.

June 2: Clean Air Day; Global Running Day

June 3: World Bicycle Day

June 5: Inuvialuit Day; World Environment Day; National Health and Fitness Day

June 6: Gardening Exercise Day

June 8: World Oceans Day; Best Friends Day

June 10: Farm Workers Day

June 11: Yarn Bombing Day

June 12: Knit in Public Day

June 13: World Softball Day; Axe Throwing Day

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 16: Fresh Veggies Day

June 17: Dump the Pump Day

June 20: Summer Solstice

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day; International Day of Yoga

June 24: Saint Baptiste Day

June 26: National Canoe Day

How do I receive the funding?

Each grant will be awarded in two parts. When an application is approved, half the grant will be sent to the organization.

The NWTRPA will be approving grants in the order in which they are received. All applications submitted online will automatically receive a time stamp (similar to a fax). If approved, the cheque may take 4 weeks to be issued plus additional days for shipping through Canada Post.

After the event takes place and the final event report is submitted, the remaining half of the grant will be sent.

What can I use the money for?

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

  • Event promotion and advertising
  • Equipment purchase* or rental
  • Rental space or venue fees
  • Instructor fees
  • Healthy snacks

Important Dates for Winter 2021-2022

  • Applications will be accepted until the funds are used up.
  • All events must take place on or between October 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022.
  • A final electronic report must be submitted by March 15, 2022.

Who can apply?

We cannot give grant money to individuals, but organizations and community governments are encouraged to apply for the grants to help their community members stay active.


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