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Apply for funding to teach water safety in your community

with Water Safety & Swim to Survive Grants

Swim to Survive®

These grants are available to assist organizations in hosting one Swim to Survive® event at a Regional Aquatics Training Centre (Inuvik, Yellowknife, Fort Smith, and Hay River). Participants will learn the basic skills needed to survive a fall into deep water taught by a certified Swim to Survive® Instructor. Swim to Survive® events must include Swim to Survive® instructions, take place at a Regional Aquatics Training Centre, and be taught by a certified instructor. 

Water Safety

These grants are available for organizations to host three (3) physically distant Water Smart learning events in their community. Events must be free and open to the public.

All events must teach water safety topics from the Water Smart manual from the Life Saving Society. (Found Here)

* 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.

Swim to Survive & Water Safety Grants

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2022.

How do I apply?


Click the button below to fill out the online application:

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




When is the applictaion period?


Swim to Survive and Water Smart grant applications are now open! Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2021.

The ARC Grant Applications will reopen fall 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:

  • An NWT community organization will either plan, organize, and host three recreation opportunities that follow GNWT public health directives, whether online or in-person;
  • 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;
  • 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; and
  • The events must occur, or the equipment be purchased and used, between June 15, 2021 – March 15, 2022.
  • 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:

1) Swim to Survive® — $850

These grants are available to assist organizations in hosting one Swim to Survive® event at a Regional Aquatics Training Centre (Inuvik, Yellowknife, Fort Smith, and Hay River). Participants will learn the basic skills needed to survive a fall into deep water taught by a certified Swim to Survive® Instructor. Swim to Survive® events must include Swim to Survive® instructions, take place at a Regional Aquatics Training Centre, and be taught by a certified instructor. Events must follow all current (at time of the event) GNWT Public Health COVID-19 guidelines.

2) Water Smart — $750

Grants of $750 are available for organizations to host THREE physically distant Water Smart learning events in their community. Events must be free and open to the public, and must follow all current (at the time of each event) GNWT Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, which can be found at www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/gatherings-and-events. Host organizations are responsible to ensure their events are in line with GNWT public health directives. The grants can be used for equipment (which can then be kept and used after the events!), rental space or venue fees, instructor fees, event promotion and advertising, healthy snacks, hand sanitizers, and/or other items to help you follow GNWT public health directives at your events. All events must teach water safety topics from the Water Smart manual from the Life Saving Society. ( Found Here)

3) Community recreation opportunities — $375–$750

a) 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 b) Online Events: Three community-oriented physical activity events held online and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event — $375 c) 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

4) Elder recreation opportunities — $500

a) 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

b) Online Events: Three Elder events held online and following GNWT public health directives at the time of each event — $500

c) 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




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. 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.

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.




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




Important Dates for 2021-2022


Swim to Survive and Water Safety Grants

  • Swim to Survive and Water Smart applications will be accepted from June 15 – October 1, 2021.
  • Swim to Survive and Water Smart events must occur between June 15, 2021 – March 15, 2022.
Active, Resilient, Connected Grants
  • ARC applications will be accepted from September 1 – October 15, 2021.
  • ARC events must occur, or equipment must be purchased and used, between October 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022.
A final electronic report for both ARC and Swim to Survive/Water Smart grants 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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