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Water Safety Grants are back!


To assist NWT Communities, the NWTRPA is funding Water Safety grants to underline safety around bodies of water, where there is a risk of injury or drowning. Two categories of grants are available: Water Smart® Learning & Swim to Survive®.


Here are a few bits and pieces of information regarding the two categories:


Category 1: Water Smart®

Grants of $750 are available for organizations to host THREE physically distant Water Smart learning events in their community. All events must teach water safety topics from the Water Smart manual from the Life Saving Society. Found here: https://www.lifesaving.org/public-education/be-water-smart/water-smart-resources.


Category 2: Swim to Survive®

Grants of $850 are available to assist organizations in hosting one Swim to Survive® event at a Regional Aquatics Training Centre (Inuuvik/Inuvik, Sǫ̀mba K’è/Yellowknife, Tthebacha/Fort Smith, and Xátł'odehche/Hay River). Participants will learn the basic skills needed to survive a fall into deep water taught by a certified Swim to Survive® Instructor.


Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2023. Funds are limited. Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.




What has changed? The NWTRPA is now integrating the NWT Community Price Index into the fund amounts of the Water Safety grants. Now, how does that work?


The Northwest Territories Community Price Survey, conducted since 1982, allows for comparing prices across communities. This comparison takes the form of an index showing average prices compared to Sǫ̀mba K’è/Yellowknife. Grants for communities will be calculated using the same ratio that is reflected in the linked index (the lowest-scoring community will be given the basic amount).


Sǫ̀mba K’è/Yellowknife has the lowest food price index, hence organizations in this community will receive either $750 or $850 for their event. However, as an example, an organization based out of Inuuvik/Inuvik, where the price index is 1.59, would be entitled to $1192,5 ($750 x 1.59) or $1351.5 ($850 x 1.59) For more information on your community price index visit: https://www.statsnwt.ca/prices-expenditures/community-price-index/

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