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Grants to Northwest Territories Nonprofits in Eligible Areas
for Programs and Events that Benefit the Local Community

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City of Yellowknife

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01/10/21 11:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Northwest Territories nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for projects and programs that respond to community needs and positively impact local residents. Funding is intended for events and activities related to arts, community, culture, sports and recreation, and sports events, which benefit the residents of Yellowknife. The three funding streams are: Community Service Grants, Multi-Year Grants, and Sponsorship Grants.

Funding Streams:

  • Community Service Grant: To a nonprofit organization based in Yellowknife for start-up or enhancement of programs or projects. 
  • Multi-Year Grant: To established nonprofit organizations based in Yellowknife for operational requirements, programs and/or projects. 
  • Sponsorship Grant: To established nonprofit organizations based in Yellowknife to sponsor or host an event.

Funding Guiding Principles: 

  • The City of Yellowknife has an open and transparent funding process where all eligible organizations have the ability to apply for related funding.
  • Funding requests must clearly benefit the community of Yellowknife by encouraging community interaction and spirit.
  • Activities must be municipal in nature.
  • Funding must be directly attributable to program, project or event delivery in Yellowknife
  • Organizations are encouraged to be self-supporting and sustainable.
  • Funding is not based on financial need.

Organizations must meet one (1) or more funding priority:

  1. Arts: Support a program, project or event that enhances the media of music, drama, dance, visual arts, literature or craft.
  2. Community: Support a program, project, or event that encourages social development, well-being, community sustainability, or community pride.
  3. Culture: Support a program, project, or event that develops an accessible, diverse and vibrant, arts and cultural landscape.
  4. Sports and Recreation: Provide equitable access to diverse sport and recreational opportunities.

    5. Sports Event – Only eligible for the Sponsorship Grant:

  • Host a sanctioned championship event: territorial, western Canada, national or international.
  • Event must be a team or individual competition where a winner or champion is declared.
  • An official letter of endorsement from the respective territorial, national or international governing body is required.
  • Event must be composed solely of amateur athletes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177143

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Service Grant: The maximum amount to be awarded for this grant is $10,000.
- Multi-Year Grant: The maximum to be awarded is $80,000 per year.
- Sponsorship Grant: The maximum amount to be awarded is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

- Community Service Grant: One year. Funding must be used within the grant year.
- Multi-Year Grant: Three (3) year funding.
- Sponsorship Grant: One (1) year funding. Funding must be used within the grant year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding Eligibility
1. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations registered under the Societies Act of the Northwest Territories and be in compliance with Corporate Registries by the application deadline.
2. Organizations must be based in Yellowknife, serve the residents of Yellowknife, and be in good standing with the City of Yellowknife.
3. Organizations applying for the Multi-Year Grant must have received a Special Project Grant or Sponsorship Grant for the previous two consecutive years.
4. Organizations may only apply under one funding stream.
5. Where applicable, the City of Yellowknife must be recognized as specified in the Contribution Agreement.
6. Organizations must demonstrate proof of $2,000,000 all-risk liability insurance before funding will be awarded.

Funding must not be used for fundraising, travel expenses, cash prizes or gifts.

Government departments, boards and agencies are not eligible for funding. The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) of a Yellowknife school board will be exempt from this criteria. PAC’s may only submit an application under the Community Service Grant for projects that upgrade school grounds and the upgrades must benefit the community. Only one PAC per school board will be eligible to submit an application per year and the school board will be the organization responsible for overseeing the completion of the project and provision of a final financial report upon completion of the funded project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the Community Grant Program are due by Friday January 10, 2021 at 11:00 pm.

The Grant Application process takes approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks to complete.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Programs Manager
Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street
P.O. Box 580
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

P: (867) 920-5647
F: (867) 920-5668

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Yellowknife

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Northwest Territories: City of Yellowknife;

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