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Get Active Grants


Get Active is a Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) program, funded by the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) and the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). Get Active aims to encourage people to be physically active.


Community organizations are encouraged to apply for funding to organize and deliver community physical activity events, to organize and deliver physically active Elders events, to organize and deliver a Swim to Survive® event, or to organize and deliver Water Smart® events.


In total, Get Active has supported 131 organizations with 215 events with over 6,017 participants in 2022-2023, across the Northwest Territories


What categories of Get Active grants will likely be available in 2023-2024?


· June Get Active Grant

June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM), so the NWTRPA, in association with MACA, would like to see you move! JRPM is about recognizing the importance of recreation and parks for physical, social, environmental, and health benefits. The NWTRPA offers the Get Active grant program which offers $400 to $500 (amounts may change) grants (amounts may vary) to organize and deliver one (1) community and/or elder-oriented physically active events that are free to the public in the month of June.


· Water Safety Grants


o Swim to Survive® is an initiative of the Canadian Lifesaving Society; the program provides a meaningful swimming experience that increases physical literacy, teaches the essential minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water, and is a proven method to prevent drowning. Through funding from the Department of Health and Social Services, the NWTRPA offers Swim to Survive® grants of $850 (amounts may vary)


o Water Smart® grants offered organizations the opportunity to host 3 different events with a focus on Water Smart® modules. Participants learned the basic Water Smart® skills needed to ensure residents are safe in and around water. Each Water Smart® event was required to include one Water Smart® module activity described in the Life Saving Society NWT Water Smart® Program Guide. Applicants could choose from a list of provided modules. Through funding from the Department of Health and Social Services, the NWTRPA offers Water Smart® grants of 750$ (amounts may vary)


· Winter Get Active Grant

Winter is cold in the NWT, but that’s no excuse to stop being active! Winter Get Active helps fund community events that get people physically active in the NWT. Organizations can receive 750$ to $1,000 (amounts may vary) to organize and deliver three (3) community and/or elder-oriented physical activity events.



Important dates


June Get Active Grants

· Application period

o May 1 to May 31, 2023

· Delivery of events

o June 1 to June 31, 2023

· Deadline for reporting

o July 15, 2023


Water Safety Grants

· Application period

o June 1 to October 1, 2023

· Delivery of events

o June 1, 2023, to February 14, 2024

· Deadline for reporting

o February 14, 2024


Winter Get Active Grants

· Application period

o September 1 to October 13, 2023

· Delivery of events

o October 1, 2023, to March 15, 2024

· Deadline for reporting

o March 15, 2024



For any additional information visit, www.nwtrpa.org, or get in touch with Nuka de Jocas, Active Communities Director on his email: ndjejocas@nwtrpa.org.

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