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June is Recreation and Parks Month 

is a way to celebrate and promote the many benefits of recreation and parks programs and services.

It highlights the great things that are happening in our communities that enhance the quality of life of community residents.

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Background image:

Harry Rabesca, Rex Lamoulle and Pamela Wedawin following old caribou trails on the portage north of Tiwhezoti during Tłı̨chǫ Government's Reviving Trails project, an NWT On The Land Collaborative grant recipient.

Photo submitted by Tłı̨chǫ Government.

Foreground image:

Silver Fox Lake on July 19, 2019, during an Outdoor Leadership course Jess Dunkin taught on behalf of the NWTRPA and School of Community Government. 

June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) is about recognizing the importance of recreation and parks for physical, social, environmental, and health benefits.

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association's JRPM Active, Resilient, Connected (ARC) grant program offers $200 to $500 grants to organize and deliver a community-oriented physically active event free to the public in the month of June.

Host a Free Event for JRPM

How do I apply?

The Application is a Google Form. Click the orange "Apply for an ARC Grant" button above to fill out your form application today!

When is the applictaion period?

Application period will be from May 1st to June 15, 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:

  • A community organization will plan, organize and host one June is Recreation and Parks Month event;
  • 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 during the month of June; and
  • A final report on your event must be submitted by July 15, 2021.

What type of funding is available?

There are 4 categories of grants as described below:

1) Equipment $400

2) Online Recreation $200

3) Physically Distant Event $400

4) Elders Physically Distant Event $500

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

  • Application period: May 1 – June 15, 2021
  • All events must take place on or between June 1 and June 30, 2021
  • All final reports are due July 15, 2021

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.

COVID-19 has created many uncertainties, but recreation and parks continue to play a major role in our recovery. Supporting the physical and mental health of community members, recreation and parks help improve our resilience in these difficult times, and bring back a sense of normality.


While JRPM may look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate!


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Click below and find resources to promote your event and celebrate JRPM!