Funding Opportunities 

Funding Specific Websites
Invest: NWT's Online Funding Database
This site compiles many of the resources that are available to communities in the Northwest Territories.  
 
FMCs: Funding Page
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has a page designated to funding opportunities available to municipal governments across Canada 
 
Economic Development
 
Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program - Rolling deadlines, next deadline to be announced in the early spring of 2020
This program is designed to build capacity for climate change adaptation by funding community-designed and driven projects. This program funds First Nations and Inuit communities’ efforts to build capacity to adapt to the health impacts of climate change.
 
Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program, Government of Canada- Continuous Intake 

Canada and all other UN member states committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity by the year 2030. Launched in 2018 the SDG Funding Program supports projects aimed to reach the goals set out in their 2030 Agenda. 

Infrastructure
 
Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience - Continuous Intake
The Government of Canada is adapting the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. The Program, delivered through bilateral agreements with provinces and territories, is being adjusted to add some flexibilities, expand project eligibility and accelerate approvals.

National Trade Corridor Fund: Arctic and Northern - December 21st, 2020

The $2.3-billion National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) helps fund infrastructure projects in Canada. Infrastructure projects could include work to airports, ports, railways, transportation facilities, and access roads.

We fund projects that:

  • improve the flow of goods and people in Canada

  • increase the flow of trade in and out of Canada

  • help the transportation system to:

    • withstand the effects of climate change

    • better adapt to new technologies and innovation

  • address the transportation needs of Arctic and northern communities

National Housing Strategy: Rapid Housing Initiative - December 31st, 2020

The Government of Canada, through CMHC, has launched the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). A $1 billion program to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians, especially in the context of COVID-19, through the rapid construction of affordable housing.
The initiative provides capital contributions (upon signing a funding agreement with CMHC) under two streams to expedite the delivery of affordable housing. The RHI will:
  • Support the creation of up to 3,000 new permanent affordable housing units
  • Cover the construction of modular housing, as well as the acquisition of land, and the conversion/rehabilitation of existing buildings to affordable housing
  • Aim to commit all funds before March 31, 2021, and ensure housing is available within 12 months of agreements
 
Off-Diesel Initiative for Remote Indigenous Communities, Government of Canada- Continuous Intake

Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE SE) and the Pembina Institute, the Generating New Opportunities: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative will help communities move away from using diesel by developing cleaner community-led energy projects.

Community Improvement
Co-Investment Fund- New Construction - Continuous Intake 
This fund prioritizes partnerships between governments, non-profits, private sector, among others and provides low-cost loans and/or financial contributions. The focus of this fund is to develop energy efficient, accessible and socially inclusive housing for mixed-income, mixed-tenure, and mixed-use affordable housing uses.
 
Federal Lands Initiative - Continuous Intake 
The Federal Lands Initiative is a $200-million fund that supports the transfer of surplus federal lands and buildings to eligible proponents. This is available at discounted to no cost to be developed or renovated for use as affordable housing. The discount on the property will depend on the level of social outcomes achieved by the winning proposal. Once transferred, the property will be developed or renovated into affordable, sustainable, accessible and socially inclusive housing.
Green Jobs in Natural Resources, Government of Canada - Continuous Intake 
Green jobs are the future in a world that is increasingly valuing sustainable practices as part of the transition to a low-carbon economy and the transformation of the natural resource sectors.
 
Community Investment- Imperial - Continuous Intake 

Since the 1890s, Imperial has invested in thousands of community-building initiatives across Canada, and we continue to offer financial and volunteer support to hundreds of organizations every year. Their focus areas are innovation and stability,  Indigenous leadership and capacity building, and strong operating communities.    

 
Youth Centre Initiative, MACA - GNWT - Continuous Intake 

The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs may provide financial support to assist with the operating costs of youth centers or other community-based facilities in the Northwest Territories that provide youth with positive and healthy lifestyle programs.

 

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (employers) - January 22nd, 2021

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is a summer job program. Eligible employers may benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills.

Positions last from six to 16 weeks and students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages (Employers) - February 3rd, 2021

Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages is a summer job program. Eligible employers may benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. Positions last from six to 16 weeks and students must work 30 to 40 hours per week. Students with a disability are eligible for part-time work.
 
Municipal and Community Affairs, Recreation & Sport Contributions, GNWT - Continuous Intake 

MACA provides financial assistance to eligible community governments and/or territorial-based recreation and sports organizations in the development and delivery of sport and recreation activities in the NWT through Recreations and Sports Contributions 

 

The Anti-Poverty Fund - January 31, 2021, 5:00 pm

Who can apply for the Anti-Poverty Fund?
  • Indigenous governments in the NWT;
  • Community governing authorities (Band Council, Metis Local, Charter Community or municipal council); and
  • Non-government organizations that can demonstrate partnership or support from an Indigenous or community governing authority.
To apply for the Anti-Poverty Fund, you will need to complete and submit the Anti-Poverty Fund Application Form and the project budget.

Healthy Choices Fund, GNWT - Continuous Intake

This fund helps eligible organizations and community governments maximize the impact of health promotion and prevention activities that support individuals, families, and communities in making positive lifestyle choices. 
 
Local Food Infrastructure Fund - December 31st, 2023

The Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) is a five-year, $50 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. The program is part of the Government of Canada’s Food Policy which is Canada’s roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. The LFIF objective is to strengthen food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

The LFIF's objectives are to:

  • improve access to safe, healthy and culturally-diverse food while promoting community development

  • support local economies

  • improve health outcomes for Canadians most at-risk

  • promote environmentally sustainable food systems

 
Volunteer Recognition Fund, Municipal and Community Affairs - GNWT - Continuous Intake 
The Volunteer Recognition Policy allows community governments to promote and encourage community volunteerism through planned community recognition events.

Public Security
Family Violence Initiative - Continuous Intake 

The Family Violence Initiative supports the development implementation, testing assessment of models, strategies and tools to improve the justice system's response to family violence. 

Federal Lands Initiative- Continuous Intake 
The Federal Lands Initiative is a $200-million fund that supports the transfer of surplus federal lands and buildings to eligible proponents. This is available at discounted to no cost to be developed or renovated for use as affordable housing. The discount on the property will depend on the level of social outcomes achieved by the winning proposal. Once transferred, the property will be developed or renovated into affordable, sustainable, accessible and socially inclusive housing.
Anti-Racism Action Program 
The Department of Canadian Heritage is launching a call for funding applications for the new Anti-Racism Action Program, which will provide funding for projects that help address barriers to employment, justice and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities.
Disaster Financial Assistance, GNWT - Continuous Intake 
Disaster Financial Assistance provides financial support to assist individuals, small businesses and community governments in recovering from a disaster and restoring damaged property to its pre-disaster conditions.
Culture & Heritage
Documentary Heritage Communities Program - January 12th, 2021

​Library and Archives Canada (LAC) provides $1.5 million each year to documentary heritage organizations across the country. This funding helps to ensure that Canada’s continuing memory is documented, preserved and accessible. Organizations may apply for funding through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program’s annual call for proposals.

Family Violence Initiative - Continuous Intake

The Family Violence Initiative supports of the development, implementation, testing and assessment of models, strategies and tools to improve the justice system's response to family violence. It also supports projects that raise public awareness of the issue and encourage public involvement in responding to family violence.

Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Government of Canada - Continuous Intake 

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) Development stream provides financial assistance to support the emergence of arts presenters and presenter-support organizations for underserved communities or artistic practices. 

Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters, CAPF, Government of Canada - Continuous Intake

Supports existing professional arts festivals and performing arts series presenters to offer activities that connect artists with Canadians in their communities. 

Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage - Various intakes throughout the year 
The Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage was created to help you celebrate your community both its past and its present.  
 

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